Bugatti’s Bouts with Nostalgia Could Bring Back the Royale Nameplate
Barely a week after Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed plans of an all-electric Bugatti, a new report has shed more light on those plans, and it could involve the revival of one of Bugatti’s most famous nameplates. The new report comes courtesy of CAR Magazine, and it talks about Bugatti expanding its model portfolio with an electric limousine that could revive the Bugatti Royale nameplate. If this is what Winkelmann means by a daily driver, then color us intrigued. The model isn’t expected to arrive until 2023, so that gives Bugatti enough time to develop the model and make sure that it lives up to the stature of its own name. Knowing Bugatti, it’s going to have no problems doing just that.
Bugatti’s Next New Model Could Be an All-Electric Daily Driver
Hot on the heels of unveiling the world’s most expensive new car, Bugatti is already looking towards its next project, and it might not be what most people expect. A new hypercar is seen as the default answer to any queries about a new Bugatti, but this proposed model doesn’t fall under that classification. Instead of a hypercar, Bugatti is looking to introduce a second and far more affordable model to its lineup, one that is characterized as a best-in-segment daily driver. More importantly, it’s an electric vehicle. There’s still no timetable for this proposed model, in large part because Bugatti’s big wigs have yet to make a decision on the car. If it does get the green light, don’t expect this Bugatti to feature Chiron-level power. It’s still going to be fast and powerful, but it will also put premium importance on luxury and comfort. Could this be the time that we finally see Bugatti dust off the Galibier name and bring it to life?
Bugatti Could Flip the Super Luxury SUV Market If It Green Lights an SUV
Just when you thought the super-luxury SUV market calmed down with Lamborghini, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce in the fold, Bugatti could enter the fray and turn the whole segment upside down. That’s the word that came out from no less than Bugatti’s own president, Stephan Winkelmann, at the Paris Motor Show. No confirmation has been made on the matter, but Bugatti is legitimately thinking about expanding its lineup, and an SUV reportedly has the inside track on getting greenlit if the company decides to give the Chiron hypercar a stablemate.
Usually when people talk about the Bugatti Veyron they talk about its impressive top speed. No one ever says anything about its fuel consumption. And for a reason: according to an automotive magazine that tested the supercar, the Veyron has a fuel consumption of 3.0 mpg (78 liter/100 km). Considering it has a full throttle of 100 liters, this means you will be able to enjoy your supercar for 12 minutes and 46 seconds (taking into consideration a top speed of 253 mph). Well, you have to admit these numbers are not something you can brag about. In fact, these numbers further scrunch up the noses of the environmentally-aware all over the world.
So, Bugatti’s decision to build an 800bhp battery-powered supercar is no surprise. According to the British Magazine, Auto Express, the company has a car like that hidden somewhere in their factory. What does come as a surprise in Bugatti’s intention - or lack thereof - for the electric supercar. Turns outs, Bugatti has no intention of ever showing it to the public. In fact, the car was only built to demonstrate the technology and allow engineers to explore the ultimate performance available from electric cars.
The electric supercar is built on the chassis of a Bentley Continental GT and uses an advanced lithium-ion battery pack and two enormously powerful electric motors to get it going. Once the machine has been woken up, it packs a punch that can deliver an amazing 2,200Nm of torque from 0mph.
Why won’t they produce this again? Well, it probably has something to do with the fact that speed and environmental protection don’t typically go hand-in-hand. We think that once the general public has been completely won over by the electric motors that are being introduced to us on a daily basis, Bugatti might have something different to say about producing the electric powerhouse. Only time will tell.