Wolfgang Durheimer, president of Bugatti, said in an interview with Automotive News that the four-door model "is not dead". Though he did not elaborate on this statement, he said that by 2018, its future will be determined by the Volkswagen Group executives.
If the automaker's plan pushes through, we can expect to see this model by 2024, and this model may actually replace the current Chiron, considering what Durheimer said will be a "one-model brand" for the future.
The company also said that the Chiron will have an eight-year lifecycle and that its successor will be developed starting next year. Bugatti's boss also said that the company will evaluate different ideas and one of the options they are considering is an ultra-luxury sedan.
Body style is not the only thing the automaker considers changing as they have also been looking at the powertrain. The automaker is currently looking at all options for the next generation model, and this includes a traditional internal combustion engine, a hybrid powertrain, or an all electric model.
According to Durheimer, they thought of giving the Bugatti Chiron an electrified powertrain. However, this idea had been rejected due to concerns regarding weight and packaging, and also the performance offered by it 8.0 liter quad turbocharged W16 engine. Though Durheimer did make sure that whatever powertrain they end up using, we should expect a faster, quicker, and overall, a better vehicle in every dimension.
The Bugatti may not have a new car to present at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but we definitely felt their presence during the show. Despite the fact that Mercedes took all the spotlight with its Project One, Bugatti still reminded us that it can still set benchmarks in terms of performance.
Not that long ago, the Bugatti Chiron broke a new speed record when it reached 0-249-0 miles per hour in only 41.96 seconds, and now, they are already developing its future replacement. It was seven-time grand prix winner and two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, Juan Pablo Montoya, who was behind the wheel of the Chiron to create this record. All thanks to the 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder engine that produces up to 1,500 bhp.
Out of the 500 examples of the limited edition Bugatti Chiron, the automaker has already sold 300 units. Let us hope that the success story of this super sports car continues. Durheimer also said that they will be sticking to the 70 Chirons that will be produced annually and that they won’t add to its volume.