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Redline Revelation: Hear Cosworth Push Bugatti's All-New V16 Engine To The Absolute Limit

If you weren't a fan of how Bugatti's old quad-turbo W16 sounded, the sound-profile of this naturally-aspirated V16 will give you goose bumps

by Amrit Balraj on June 27, 2024, 08:00

Top Gear’s Tom Ford recently spent a day at Cosworth’s high-tech facility where he spent some one-on-one time with the Bugatti Tourbillon’s brand-new V16 engine. Cosworth and Bugatti worked together to produce the V16 engine which makes 1000 HP on its own. This engine will be paired with three electric motors and have a combined output of 1800 horsepower! The Tourbillion is estimated to go from 0-60 MPH in under 2.0 seconds and attain a top speed of 277 MPH. In the video, we get to hear what the V16 engine sounds like and how it compares to all the different V-engines from years past.

Making The Case For A Naturally-Aspirated V16 In The Bugatti Tourbillion

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Throughout the video, we hear some notable people involved in the project speak about the story behind the creation of the V16. Cosworth MD, Bruce Woods recollects how he got a call from Bugatti-Rimac CEO Mate Rimac himself one day to get started on the project. Bruce also speaks a little about the different projects Cosworth has been involved in and how the V12 engine in the Aston Martin Valkyrie was a milestone for the brand. He explains that the engine was always going to have 16 cylinders, and initially the engine was going to be a variation of the quad-turbo W16 engine. However, Cosworth had different ideas for the architecture of the high-speed NA engine.

We also get to hear Dario Benazzi, Head of Drivetrain at Rimac Bugatti talk about how they wanted a brand new engine, which is why they reached out to Cosworth because they believed in their high-level expertise. He also goes into why they decided to go with the V-architecture for the engine and deviated from the W-architecture and how it has resulted in a distinctive high-pitch new sound profile owing to its 9,000 rpm redline.

Engine configuration V16 Naturally aspirated
Architecture V90°
Displacement 8.3-liter
Power output 1,000 hp
Maximum torque 664 lb-ft
Maximum rpm 9,000 rpm
Weight 556 lbs (EST)
Lubrication Dry Sump

Tom also goes into some of the other rare examples of cars with V16 engines from the past, like the ultra-rare, super cool named Cizeta Moroder, which was created by an ex-Lamborghini exec back in the 90s. With the production of 250 examples of the Torbillon engine, it becomes the most-produced V16 engine ever. Interestingly all 250 examples of the Tourbilon have already been sold. The video wraps up with an interview with Dr Florian Kamelger, current CEO of Cosworth. If you always felt that the old W16 didn’t provide much in terms of aural pleasure, then this all-new V16 is here to change that. Finally, a Bugatti, that has the sound to match its insane looks. Click the video below to hear what the V16 sounds like.

Amrit Balraj

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