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Bugatti Tourbillon: New Electric Hyper Sports Car Embraces Innovation and Timeless Elegance

Guided by Bugatti’s iconic cars like the Type 57SC Atlantic and Type 35, the Tourbillon hyper sports car aims for unmatched elegance, emotion, and luxury, designed to endure through eternity. As the first Bugatti in over two decades without a W16 engine, it breaks from tradition in naming, adopting “Tourbillon” to reflect its character and French heritage. Inspired by the intricate watchmaking tourbillon, the car integrates timeless design elements, including an analogue instrument cluster reminiscent of classic timepieces.

The Tourbillon, like all modern Bugattis, prioritizes speed, reaching over 400 km/h. Its design meticulously optimizes every surface, inlet, and ridge for aerodynamics and thermodynamics, centered around four historical Bugatti design elements: the horseshoe grille, Bugatti Line, central ridge, and dual color split. Every detail, from surfaces to intakes, is finely tuned to manage the aerodynamic and thermodynamic demands of its V16 engine, electric motors, and high-performance battery.

The Tourbillon incorporates over 20 years of Veyron and Chiron expertise, featuring patented technologies like a submerged rear wing for optimal speed stability. Its advanced diffuser design integrates a new crash concept discreetly, enhancing aerodynamic efficiency while maintaining an open rear-end style. Rooted in the iconic horseshoe grille, the design channels airflow through flying fenders to boost intake efficiency. The frontal design cleverly houses an efficient cooling system and spacious frunk between radiators, while electrically actuated dihedral doors offer both convenience and a striking entrance.

INTERIOR

The interior design prioritizes timelessness where the cabin offers an authentic analogue experience. At its core is an instrument cluster crafted by Swiss watchmakers, with over 600 parts including titanium, sapphire, and ruby components, ensuring precision to the smallest detail. Mounted on a fixed hub steering wheel, this cluster provides an unobstructed view regardless of steering angle.

The center console blends crystal glass and single-block milled aluminum, showcasing intricate switches and a pull-start lever for the new V16 engine and electric powertrain. A hidden touchscreen supports Apple CarPlay and vehicle data, deploying on demand in portrait or landscape mode. Every interior choice, like fixed lightweight seats and an adjustable pedal box, enhances performance without compromising comfort. Even the audio system innovates, using exciters on interior panels instead of traditional speakers for efficiency.

POWERTRAIN AND PERFORMANCE 

The Tourbillon follows offers an all-new 8.3-liter naturally aspirated V16 engine, developed with Cosworth, alongside front and rear electric motors. Together, they produce 1,800 hp—1,000 hp from the combustion engine and 800 hp from the electric motors. This achievement, utilizing advanced materials, marks a leap beyond the Veyron’s 1,001 hp from a turbocharged 8.0-liter engine.

The Tourbillon features a 25 kWh 800V battery powering the front e-Axle with two motors and one motor at the rear, delivering four-wheel-drive and precise torque control. Despite its power, the electric system is efficient, offering over 60 km of all-electric range. The Tourbillon weighs less than the Chiron, while delivering performance with its lightweight design and instant electric torque.

0-100: 2.0 s

0-200: <5 s

0-300: <10 s

0-400: <25 s

Top speed: 445 kph

Thanks to the combination of an extremely advanced hybrid powertrain and lightweight engineering, efficient packaging and advanced aerodynamics, the Tourbillon will be reducing significantly the emissions in comparison to its predecessor but still enhancing the driving experience and bringing to new levels the pinnacle of automotive industry.

ENGINEERING

The Tourbillon boasts an entirely new chassis and body structure built from T800 carbon composite, featuring innovations like integrating the battery into the monocoque and a pioneering crash composite rear diffuser. Front composite airducts also play a structural role, optimizing the rigid yet lightweight design. The suspension shifts to multi-link with aluminum components, including 3D-printed arms and uprights that reduce weight by 45% compared to the Chiron’s steel setup. Advanced carboceramic brakes and a bespoke brake-by-wire system enhance performance, complemented by Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires. The compact front e-axle with dual motors fits within existing space, maximizing efficiency without sacrificing storage or luggage capacity in the redesigned chassis.

COMING IN 2026

The Bugatti Tourbillon now enters its testing phase, with prototypes already on the road in anticipation for customer deliveries in 2026. A total of 250 examples will be built, with a starting price of 3.8m EUR net. Hand-assembly will take place at the Bugatti Atelier in Molsheim, following the final W16-powered Bugatti models, Bolide and W16 Mistral. 

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