Next-Generation Bugatti Chiron Could Go Electric

1 week ago by Anthony Karr 13

Bugatti Chiron

Electrification is a possibility, maybe even a certainty for the Bugatti Chiron’s successor.

According to a report from Automotive News, the French marque is considering to replace the two-door concept of its only model with a four-door layout.

With Vehicles Like The Plug-In Hybrid Mercedes-AMG Project One, It’s Becoming Increasingly Evident That Even Hypercars Will Be Electrified Going Forward

“The four-door car is not dead,” Bugatti president Wolfgang Durheimer told the publication in Germany.

Next year the company will evaluate different concept ideas for its new hypercar, and a final decision is expected in late 2018. A couple of months later, the actual engineering work will begin.

The Chiron, which recently set a new world record for a 0-249-0 miles per hour (0-400-0 kilometers per hour) run, will remain in production for eight years, slightly shorter than the Veyron’s 12-year lifespan. The hypercar will be replaced by a single new model, as Bugatti wants to remain a one-nameplate brand, expected to arrive in 2024 or 2025.

“For the time I can foresee, it will be a one-model brand,” Durheimer confirmed.

While the Chiron gets its power entirely from an internal combustion engine, its successor could receive some kind of electrification. According to Automotive News, Bugatti has yet to decide on a final powertrain for its next hypercar and is considering plug-in hybrid, full electric, or pure ICE options.

The longer the manufacturer can hold off on taking the final decision, the higher the chance the new model could use electrification, since battery and electric powertrain technologies are accelerating rapidly, Bugatti boss commented.

“It will again be decided on the performance criteria because this is the ultimate our customers expect from us,” Durheimer told the publication in Frankfurt. “The ingredients are open.”

Currently, Bugatti has a waiting list of four years for the Chiron and has recently received a pre-order for car number 300 out of 500. No more than 70 examples will be assembled annually.

Source: Automotive News

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13 responses to "Next-Generation Bugatti Chiron Could Go Electric"

  1. john doe says:

    I read in an engineering forum it was going to be a hybrid with some kind of super capasitor, and was going to be used only (or mainly) to pick up speed quicker. Shave a fraction of a second or two 🙂
    I thought VW lost a lot of money on each and every Bugatti they made. Now they want to add more stuff in an already complex car.

  2. John says:

    Probably got it’s wake up call from the Concept One…

  3. Terawatt says:

    In other news, Norway is taking the first step towards removing the EV incentives that are working so well. That is, if the government gets its way.

    The budget proposal revealed tomorrow will include a modification that makes EVs subject to a weight tax (like fossil cars already are, among multiple other taxes). But there will be a high bar weight before the tax kicks in. The proposal is designed to apply big luxurious EVs, because handing out exemptions to the rich is the most controversial part of the regulation. If the cars currently on sale in Norway, only Tesla is affected – by between $900 and $9000 depending on the model. It will of course apply equally to any other heavy EV, should Audi, BMW, Mercedes or someone else decide to offer one.

    I lament the unprincipled manner in which politicians go about these things. How heavy a car is is at best a proxy for how efficient it is – and how expensive it is. If efficiency needs to be more strongly incentivized, either tax according to MPGe (a little better) or tax the energy directly (much better; always fair and now driving style and distance also influence how much tax one must pay, as it ought to do).

    Still, virtually everyone agrees on two principles:

    1) EVs being exempt from all taxes is a temporary thing to encourage adoption; the advantages should be gradually reduced as EVs get more and more competitive even with weaker incentives.

    2) Cars that pollute less, are more efficient, and less dangerous to others in traffic should enjoy a tax advantage. EVs will therefore always have lower taxes than comparable fossil ones. This will remain the case when all exemptions have been phased out and we’ve returned to normalcy!

    1. John in AA says:

      Vehicle weight does translate quite directly into road wear, though.

      1. Nick says:

        Nope.

        Rule of thumb is the 4th power law.

        That means damage is roughly proportional to weigh to the 4th power.

        Basically all damage is done by very large trucks. Everything up to huge SUVs should be free under this model.

        1. John in AA says:

          I said “directly”, not “linearly”, but point taken.

      2. Rick says:

        Trucks and buses cause 99% of the damage. Cars only erase road markings.

  4. trackdaze says:

    It no longer holds the 0-249-0 record after a traditionally powered koenigsegg agera rs took a massive 5 seconds off the record.

    Next will be the 3E Motor 4.5kwhr phev hybrid Regara. Faster still.

    Kind of cant win Le Mans without electrification an F1 cars have never been faster than electricity onboard.

  5. Don Zenga says:

    Tesla Model-S P100D beats this puppy in 0-60 MPH (0-100 km/h) at 2.3 seconds and costs < $130K and can seat 7 passengers.

    Why should someone spend $ 3 million on this car. Just that the ultra rich wants to show that they can spend. They make only 500 cars in 8 years while Tesla makes that many Model-S every week.

    If they go electric, then they can maintain the real lead in performance.

    1. eltosho says:

      The only reason is to show that he/she can thow out $ 3 million the window. It’s called “conspicuous consumption”. Very rich soccer players and rap musicians are the main target customers of such idiotic cars.

      1. Another Euro point of view says:

        Regarding idiotic cars and idiots buying them.
        It is all a question of idiocy level really.
        Smart people would buy a Toyota Prius probably. Also a guy having a net worth of one billion is probably less of an idiot when buying a Bugatti than a middle manager buying a P100D. Now we should always keep in mind when talking of “idiocy” that people like you and me wasting their time in such a pointless occupation that is commenting on internet sites usually score very high in idiocy.

    2. john doe says:

      If you have a tonn of money, and want to drive close to 400km/h. . This is probably one of 2 cars, that can do it.
      And to pick up sluts/gold diggers – This is the tool to do it..

  6. Mister G says:

    Bugatti=dirty gas guzzling toxic pollution machine

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