Many manufacturers of supercars, and just high-power cars for every day, are forced to abandon huge gasoline engines in order to comply with stricter emission standards. No matter how companies try to keep their 10- and 12-cylinder engines, sooner or later they have to be sent to the pages of history. Contributing to this is the trend of rapidly growing demand for electric cars. Yes, it would seem that gasoline monsters have practically no chance to survive, but Volkswagen does not think so.
The concern’s lineup has a W16 powerplant with four turbines. Its volume is 8.0 liters, and you understood correctly – this is a unit of the Bugatti Chiron supercar. According to Bugatti chief Stefan Winkelmann, the W16 quad-turbo transmission is still alive and not about to die, despite the widespread downward trend in the size and volume of ICEs.
He acknowledged that Bugatti has a choice among the vast array of Volkswagen Group engines, but Stefan says that the mission of Bugatti, as well as the goal of the Chiron project, is fundamentally different from other models of the concern. “W16, in my opinion, has an opportunity for the future. This is a unique selling proposition, the value of which does not decrease, ”said Winkelmann. He added that Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Disss “knows the price of a W16 engine.”
The head of Bugatti also expressed his opinion about the death of internal combustion engines, noting that even in this case, the W16 will not lose anything. “If this is the last decade of ICEs, then the Chiron will be the last of its kind, and the last means collection,” says Stefan.
“Even in the case of electrification, ICE will still remain in the Chiron engine compartment, because people buy this car solely for the pleasure of getting the most legitimate power. The cost of EB110 is growing rapidly and Veyron is steadily growing in price every day. I don’t need to be a wizard to predict that Chiron will have the same fate, ”he concluded.