This stunning 1,556bhp track-only spaceship could be the last machine to use Bugatti’s famous W16 engine
The Bugatti Bolide is not your typical uber-luxurious hypercar. The futuristic-looking machine – captured pottering around the famous Concorso d’Eleganza at Lake Como – is a lighter, more track-focused package than the record-breaking Chiron.
It uses the same 8-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine, but the Bolide has been stripped of the luxuries you’d usually expect inside a Bugatti to become the ultimate track-destroying machine. In this video, captured by carspotter TheTFJJ, we hear it roar into life for the very first time, and get to enjoy the precise ballet of a £3.4 million (£3,391,873, or $4,267,580) hypercar being unloaded from its trailer without a scratch or scrape.
The Bolide, which translates to “The Racing Car” in French, was first announced back in 2021 when Bugatti revealed that the track-focused machine would be the last car to use their renowned W16 engine. In this iteration, the 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged unit puts out a whopping 1,556bhp to a predominantly carbon-fibre chassis weighing in at just 1,450kg, and produces 1,180 pounds-feet of peak torque at just 2,250rpm.
The results are predictably impressive, as Bugatti claimed their Bolide concept could reach 0-62mph in just 2.2 seconds and accelerate from a standstill to a frightening top speed of 311mph in just 20.1 seconds. First deliveries of the spaceship-looking machine are set to take place in 2024, while Bugatti will produce just 40 cars costing around €4 million (£3,391,873, or $4,267,580) per unit.
Those lucky, or wealthy, enough to get behind the wheel of a Bolide will undoubtedly experience incomprehensible levels of speed around a racetrack. However, don’t be surprised if most examples of this other-worldly Bugatti racing machine spend their lives behind the closed doors of a private showroom.