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The Bugatti Tourbillon: Redefining Hyper Sports Cars

Bugatti's new 1,800 HP hybrid masterpiece for the future.

In 2004, Bugatti made waves in the automotive world with the introduction of the Veyron, a hyper sports car boasting 1,001 hp. This groundbreaking vehicle was the first road car to surpass 1,000 hp. Fast forward to 2015, Bugatti reset performance benchmarks once again with the Chiron, the world’s first 1,800 hp car. Both these engineering marvels were powered by the iconic W16 engine. Now, two decades later, Bugatti is redefining the hyper sports car concept with an entirely new powertrain and platform in the Bugatti Tourbillon.

Mate Rimac, CEO of Bugatti, shares that the development of the Tourbillon was deeply influenced by the brand's 115-year history and the visionary words of Ettore Bugatti: “If comparable, it is no longer Bugatti” and “nothing is too beautiful.” These principles guided the design and engineering teams to create a vehicle that embodies beauty, performance, and luxury. Icons like the Type 57SC Atlantic, Type 35, and Type 41 Royale served as inspiration, ensuring the Tourbillon is not just a car for today or tomorrow, but for eternity.

Unlike its predecessors, the Tourbillon is the first Bugatti in over 20 years not to be powered by the W16 engine. The name "Tourbillon" is a nod to Bugatti's French heritage and a reference to a horological invention known for its complexity and beauty, much like the car itself. This sense of mechanical timelessness is integral to the Tourbillon's design, featuring an analogue instrument cluster crafted by Swiss watchmakers to ensure it remains timeless.

The Tourbillon is meticulously designed to balance aerodynamic efficiency with aesthetic appeal. Every surface, intake, and vent is optimised for performance at speeds exceeding 400 km/h. This aerodynamic precision is further enhanced by the car's design elements: the horseshoe grille, Bugatti Line, central ridge, and dual-color split. Frank Heyl, Bugatti’s Director of Design, emphasises the importance of these historical design cues, ensuring the car looks poised to pounce even when stationary.

Bugatti's commitment to timelessness extends to the interior, which blends traditional craftsmanship with modern technology. The analogue instrument cluster, made from titanium and gemstones, remains a focal point, providing an unobstructed view regardless of steering angle. The center console features a combination of crystal glass and aluminum, revealing intricate switch mechanisms and the engine start lever. For modern functionality, a hidden high-definition digital screen can deploy to display vehicle data and connect seamlessly with mobile devices.

Under the hood, the Tourbillon boasts an all-new 8.3-liter naturally aspirated V16 engine paired with electric motors, producing a combined 1,800 hp. The hybrid powertrain offers extraordinary performance and efficiency, with a 25 kWh battery providing a usable all-electric range of over 60 km. This advanced engineering ensures the Tourbillon delivers unmatched power while maintaining lower emissions compared to its predecessors.

The chassis and body structure of the Tourbillon are crafted from next-generation T800 carbon composite, integrating weight-saving innovations and advanced aerodynamics. The new suspension system, made from lightweight aluminium, enhances vehicle dynamics and performance. The car also features state-of-the-art brakes and Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tyres, ensuring optimal handling and safety.

Mate Rimac sums up the Tourbillon’s ethos: “Bugatti’s history is about refusing to compromise and always seeking the best solution. The Tourbillon embodies this spirit with its innovative powertrain, timeless design, and unparalleled performance.” As Bugatti prepares for the Tourbillon's testing phase and eventual customer deliveries in 2026, it promises to continue the legacy of creating incomparable and timeless hyper sports cars. With only 250 units planned, starting at 3.8 million EUR, the Tourbillon is set to become an enduring icon in the automotive world.