Bugatti Debuts the 1,800-Horsepower Tourbillon

© Bugatti AutomobilesThe Next Bugatti
A few weeks ago, Bugatti announced that the final Chiron had been built. The Chiron L’Ultime, boasting close to 1,600 horsepower, represented the end of this Bugatti’s storied run of 500 vehicles. But when one door closes, another opens, and behind this opening door is the next hypercar chapter from this legendary French brand – the Bugatti Tourbillon.

© Bugatti AutomobilesA Look Back
Twenty years ago, Bugatti changed the automotive landscape by introducing its first modern-day supercar, the Veyron. With almost 1,000 horsepower coming from its quad-turbo W16 engine, the Veyron was unlike anything else on the road. When the Veyron ended production in 2015, Bugatti turned up the heat with a proper successor – the 1500-horsepower Chiron. Now that the Chiron run is complete, the new Tourbillon takes its place with an all-new powerplant and – not surprisingly – more power.

© Bugatti AutomobilesGuided by History
The development of the Bugatti Tourbillon was guided at every step by the 115 years of Bugatti history and the words of Ettore Bugatti himself,” said Mate Rimac, CEO of Bugatti. “His mantras ‘if comparable it is no longer Bugatti’ and ‘nothing is too beautiful’ were a guiding path for me personally, as well as the design and engineering teams looking to create the next exciting era in the Bugatti hyper sports car story.”

© Bugatti AutomobilesNew Powerplant
The new Tourbillon will be the first Bugatti in 20 years that doesn’t get its power from the W16 engine. Instead, this new model gets a naturally aspirated 8.3-liter V16 engine that puts out 1,000 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque and redlines at 9,000 RPM. That’s already more powerful than most other sports cars on the road, but there’s more to the story. The big V16 is accompanied by two electric motors on the front axle and an additional motor at the rear. The combination of V16 and electric motors puts out 1,800 horsepower with the excellent traction of all-wheel drive. This is certainly not your typical plug-in hybrid powertrain.

© Bugatti AutomobilesMemorable Driving Experience
“We have already heard what it sounds like when this car reaches its 9,000rpm redline under full throttle, and it is a visceral, awe-inspiring experience that will echo for eternity,” said Emilio Scervo, Bugatti CTO. “With the Tourbillon, we have engineered a car that delivers the best of combustion technology and electrification; free from compromises and built with a timeless dedication to creating a memorable driving experience.”

© Bugatti AutomobilesExtreme Stats
With that much power on tap, the Bugatti Tourbillon is very quick. The company reports that the new hypercar will sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.0 seconds, reaching 124 mph in less than five seconds and 186 mph in less than ten seconds. If you have 25 seconds to spare, that’s how long the Tourbillon will take to hit 248 mph (400 km/h). For “normal” driving, the speed is limited to just 236 mph, but with the speed key, the max velocity is 276 mph. For relativity, a 747 takes off at about 184 mph. With its 25 kWh battery fully charged, the Tourbillon can travel up to 37 miles on electric power alone.

© Bugatti AutomobilesWhat’s in a Name?
Not only does the latest Bugatti get a completely new engine, but it also breaks with the tradition of naming cars after the company’s legendary race drivers. Tourbillon is a complex watchmaking mechanism that constantly rotates the balance wheel, balance spring, and escapement to counter the effect of the earth’s gravity for greatly improved accuracy. This procedure was invented more than 200 years ago, and it is a fitting name for this precise, high-performance machine. The term Tourbillon is French for whirlwind – also an apt description of a 276-mph sports car.

© Bugatti AutomobilesForm Follows Function
Aerodynamics and thermodynamics are instrumental to the design of a vehicle that can travel more than 250 mph. Every surface, inlet, and edge is designed with high-speed requirements at the forefront, but while the form follows function, the result is stunning.

© Bugatti AutomobilesStunning Looks
“The creations of Ettore and Jean Bugatti are ingenious in their aerodynamics, innovation and enduring beauty,” said Frank Heyl, Bugatti Director of Design. “We draw from the Bugatti Type 35, where the whole shape of the car was guided by the shape of the horseshoe grille, tapering back into this streamlined fuselage shape. We find inspiration in the Type 57SC Atlantic – the S stood for Surbaissé, which essentially meant lowered – bringing down the frontal area, lowering the roofline, lowering the driver and creating this wonderful stance and proportion.”

© Bugatti AutomobilesLooks Fast Standing Still
Heyl went on to say, “If the car is lower, it looks wider and the size of the wheels are emphasized; it looks like there is tension in the muscles, a posture ready to pounce. Every design decision is geared towards creating a sense of speed even at a standstill.”

© Bugatti AutomobilesHorseshoe Grille
While the overall styling is similar to the outgoing Chiron, the two vehicles look quite different on closer inspection. Up front, the iconic horseshoe grill is wider and more prominent, pushed out further from the body. Sculpted lines all flow rearward, giving that appearance of speed. Fenders below the slim LED headlights help direct air into the larger intakes on either side of the grille.

© Bugatti AutomobilesSleek Profile
The Tourbillon features the familiar Bugatti curve that flows up the roofline, then back around to the bottom of the doors, almost giving the appearance of the car emerging from a shell. With the lower roofline, this curve is more sharply angled for a more aggressive look.

© Bugatti AutomobilesRear View
A new rear diffuser that flows from just behind the cabin provides an open design that not only balances the airflow around the vehicle but provides a lovely view of the big V16 engine. The rear spoiler remains hidden as part of the bodywork during top-speed runs but will deploy at lower speeds for better downforce. It can also act as a speed brake for better stability under hard braking.

© Bugatti AutomobilesNew Body, Chassis
For a lightweight but strong body, the Tourbillon is primarily constructed from a next-generation T800 carbon composite. The new structure incorporates the battery as an integral part of the monocoque, improving crash protection as well as optimizing rigidity. The Bugatti Tourbillon has an all-new aluminum chassis with integrated multi-link front and rear suspension. Engineers 3D-printed a new aluminum suspension arm and upright, lowering the suspension weight by 45 percent compared to the Chiron. While it packs more power with the added weight of the batteries for the electric motors, the Tourbillon’s lightweight construction gives it a lower curb weight than the outgoing Chiron.

© Bugatti AutomobilesBrakes and Tires
The Tourbillon rides on custom Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires, with 20-inch wheels at the front, 21-inch at the rear. Massive carbon-ceramic brakes provide the stopping power.

© Bugatti AutomobilesDihedral Doors
A rare, exotic car like the Tourbillon can’t arrive with just regular doors. The dihedral doors open with the touch of a button on the center console, or for a more dramatic scene, the doors can be opened via the vehicle remote.

© Bugatti AutomobilesInner Space
Unlike most new models that center the cabin around a large display screen, the Bugatti has no visible display screen. Instead, the eyes are immediately drawn to the intricate driver display. Gauges have the appearance of a high-end watch, and for good reason. More than 600 parts are used in their creation, using materials like titanium, sapphires, and rubies, and components are as small as 5 microns.

© Bugatti AutomobilesSimplified Controls
The slim center console was created from aluminum and crystal, with switches made from knurled aluminum. Bugatti designers felt that firing up the V16 engine should be a more physical experience, so the start button is pulled to start and pushed to shut the engine off. Climate, volume, and other common controls are found here, as well as a button to deploy the touchscreen display.

© Bugatti AutomobilesSmall Display
There is only one screen in the Tourbillon, which can deploy in two seconds to show the rear-view camera or in five seconds to remain visible in portrait mode. The display can operate Apple CarPlay as well as show other available data.

© Bugatti AutomobilesComing in 2026
Prototypes of the new Tourbillon are being tested now, and Bugatti expects the first deliveries to take place in 2026. Only 250 will be built, hand-assembled at the Bugatti Atelier facility in Molsheim, France. Prices start at €3.8 million ($4.07 million).

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