If there are limits to speed, the human race has yet to find them.
Ever-increasing top speeds are one thing, but what really throws our backs into the seat is vicious acceleration. The standard measure of how quickly a car accelerates, of course, is the time it takes to scoot from a stop to 60 miles per hour. Zero-to-60 times of under 5 or 6 seconds are considered pretty quick. Under 4 is hypercar territory. Under 3 belongs to the Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 911 Turbo S and Nissan GT-R, with special mentions for the Lamborghini Aventador, McLaren MP4-12C and Ferrari 458 Italia. Maybe.
With a few cars knocking on the door of 2 seconds flat, how long before a production car does the unthinkable and manages a supersonic 0-60 time of under 2 seconds? If it’s possible, and we know it is, Bugatti may be the first to prove it.
I can’t even imagine what a 0-60 sprint of 1.8 seconds would feel like. That’s not just acceleration… that’s more like evaporation. But if the capability exists, and the legendary Veyron platform has yet to meet the limits of its potential, why not keep trying to see how far it can go?
Automobile says Bugatti plans to use even more carbon fiber to reduce weight while also turning the horsepower knob to eleven. The “SuperVeyron” will have either an 8.0- or 9.6-liter W16 engine good for, don’t choke, 1,600 horsepower! That should push down its 0-60 time while moving the top speed needle from 259 mph all the way to 288 mph. Wow.
If all goes according to plan, this next Veyron will weigh in at 550 pounds lighter than the “normal” Veyron SuperSport and have a power-to-weight ratio of 2.2 lb/hp. Assuming it gets the green light for production, expect to write a check for at least $2.5 million for the privilege of ownership.
Should production cars push the limits of acceleration and top speed?