Tourbillon: the first hybrid Bugatti has an analogue spirit and maintains the ambition of the brand’s creator

Tourbillon: the first hybrid Bugatti has an analogue spirit and maintains the ambition of the brand’s creator
Tourbillon: the first hybrid Bugatti has an analogue spirit and maintains the ambition of the brand’s creator

The Tourbillon is the first hybrid car from Bugatti, a company now controlled by Croatian businessman Mate Rimac, creator of his own brand of electric supercars.

After taking control of Bugattithis is the first car that Mate Rimac launches into the market hypercarsa category created by the brand and sustained through models Veyron and Chiron. It is no coincidence then that the Bugatti Tourbillonthe recent product presented worldwide this Friday, is the first hybrid of the French brand created by Ettore Bugatti.

Italian by birth but French by adoption, Bugatti founded the brand in 1909 in MolsheimAlsace, characterizing it with the seal of exclusive cars. “Nothing can be too beautiful, nothing can be too expensive.”was the motto that even today, whether it belongs to the family that gave it its name, maintains that legacy like a digital footprint.

The Tourbillon has the appearance of the previous models with some personal external modifications, although the real revolution is inside and in its mechanics. The internal combustion engine is a powerful 8.3 liter V16 of displacement developed jointly with cosworththe company that invented the famous Ford V8 engine that was used in Formula 1 between the 60s and 90s, no less.

The lines of the Tourbillon are the characteristics of previous Bugatti models such as the Veyron and the Chiron

This large cubic capacity thermal engine is made up, unlike the classic Bugatti W16, of two bodies of 8 cylinders each, when the usual thing was for it to be more voluminous with four blocks of 4 cylinders joined in a “W”. The power of this V16 enginewhich does not have any turbocharging but is only conventionally aspirated, reaches the 1,000 HP at 9,000 RPM with a torque of 900 Nm.

Hybridization occurs when combined with three electric motorshoused two in front and one in the back, which together manage to add other 800 HP of power thanks to its feeding by a 24.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. Thus, when using the complete propulsion train, the total power of the Tourbillon is 1,800 HP, one of the most powerful cars in the world. 100% electric autonomy, a detail that seems minor but has its roots in providing it with sustainable propulsion for urban routes, something unusual and in any case brief for a car of these characteristics.

The traction of the thermal engine is only to the rear wheels through a 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The two front motors, on the other hand, are in charge of moving the front wheels, which is why the Tourbillon is a vehicle of Traction on the four wheels when operating with both drivetrains and only front-wheel drive in electric mode.

The interior with a completely analog instrument panel. Speed ​​and RPM clocks share the same dial with longer and shorter hands than each other

Thanks to a thermal and electrical torque that is close to 2,000 Nm – it was not officially communicated – the car is capable of reach no less than 445 km/h in its Speed ​​Key mode (speed key). But what is amazing is the acceleration value it has, since it can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2 seconds, and achieve the 400 km/h in just 25 seconds with stopped game.

On the other hand, when the car is used in its conventional mode, the maximum speed is only enough to reach 380 km/h. For this to be possible, the weight of the car is essential. Bugatti has managed to not exceed two tons, which allows a power-to-weight ratio good enough for such performance values. The Tourbillon weighs 1,995 kilos empty.

The other revolution is in the cabin. The most striking thing is its instrumental, completely analog and made to Swiss watchmaking standards. This instrument is housed inside the steering wheel rim, but not as part of it but as a completely separate piece, which It does not move when you turn the steering.

The central clock also has included within the same dial the needle that marks the speed in a larger size and the one that marks the RPM in a smaller onein the same way that hours are marked with a shorter hand than minutes on a conventional analog watch.

The appearance of the interior does not have any screen, except when the driver wants to make it visible. It is stored inside the dashboard to maintain the analog style

Finally, a detail that does not go unnoticed is the absence of a screen throughout the board. But it is not because it does not exist, but because to preserve the design style of the vehicle, that liquid crystal screen is saved and is only extended at the request of its driver.

“If it is crazy to build a new V16 engineintegrate it with a new battery pack and electric motors and have a Swiss clockwork instrument cluster, parts from 3D printed suspension and a glass center console. But it’s what Ettore would have done, and it’s what makes a Bugatti incomparable and timeless. Without that kind of ambition, you could create a great hypercar, but you wouldn’t create an icon for eternity,” he said. Mate Rimac in the presentation.

The model will be a limited edition of only 250 units that will only begin to be delivered in 2026. It has a price of 3.8 million euros and before being officially presented, it already had a good part of its production sold to exclusive Bugatti customers.

 
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