A Bugatti SUV Might Be On The Cards As Mate Rimac Is Considering Other Body Styles For The French Marque
North Americans Just Can’t Get Enough Bugatti It Seems
Historically, Bugatti’s biggest market has been Europe, which really isn’t surprising for a French automaker with a German parent company – Volkswagen AG. This year, however, things have changed, and – as it turns out – North Americans really, really like Bugatti these days. So much so, that North America is now the region leading sales for Bugatti.
Bugatti Merges with Rimac to Become Bugatti - Rimac, Riding on the Back of Porsche
We have been following this story (Bugatti-Rimac merger) for a while now at TopSpeed and the day has finally come. Porsche and Rimac , the Croatian EV performance automaker, have agreed to form a joint venture that will include Volkswagen’s high-performance marque; Bugatti .
Bugatti Goes Sensor Crazy To Ensure The Chiron Super Sport Can Easily Hit 273 MPH
We can all agree that the Bugatti Chiron and all of its derivatives are engineering feats. The Chiron has been around for a while and has pretty much set the benchmark for the luxury hypercar. However, the even more insane Chiron SuperSport is now in its final stages of development and engineers are working to perfect the recipe. The Chiron’s incredible hardware, be it the suspension, chassis, engine, or aerodynamics, all work together to achieve maximum efficiency. In order for them to perfectly work together, engineers are enhancing the software suite of the mighty Chiron.
Volkswagen Debates Bugatti’s Fate As the Pressure of Electrification Rises
Recently, a new consortium offered close to $9.2 billion in order to buy Lamborghini off VAG. Theoffer was turned down and a new offer was made. That offer, too, was apparently turned down, but that doesn’t mean the German concern is not in the midst of deciding what to do with its assets. Bugatti has enjoyed a good run under VAG ownership and the French manufacturer continues to come up with limited editions based on the Chiron. With that being said, it appears not all is as good as it looks on the outside. Volkswagen Audi Group is currently debating on whether Bugatti should continue to be a part of the company’s portfolio or not and a certain Croatian manufacturer might take the opportunity.
The Bugatti La Voiture Noire Is Real, And It’s Been Spotted On the Road
2019 was the year when Bugatti unveiled the La Voiture Noir (The Black Car) in Geneva. The La Voiture Noire is a one-off model built to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, it was sold before the public got a chance to see it, and pays respects to Ettore Bugatti’s stunning Type 57SC Atlantic, a car that disappeared from the carmaker’s workshops during the Second World War and was never found to this day.
Bugatti May Soon Be The Property of Rimac - Here’s What That Would Mean
The Volkswagen Group could be on the verge of selling Bugatti to Rimac. A report from German weekly Automobilewoche quoted Porsche CEO and Volkswagen AG management board member Oliver Blume hinting that a decision on the blockbuster sale could happen by the middle of 2021.
Now You Can See What The Bugatti Centodieci Looks Like Under The Pretty Body Work
Only ten Centodiecis are going to be assembled and each of them is paying a tribute to Romano Artioli and Giampaolo Benedini, the two minds behind the mind-boggling Bugatti EB110.
Even if Bugatti had the right platform for the Centodieci thanks to the Chiron’s underpinnings, developing a limited run hypercar that had to trigger sweet memories of the EB110 was no easy task.
Lamborghini and Bugatti’s Future in Electrification Hangs In The Balance Between Desire and Necessity
The automotive scene is constantly evolving since the dawn of cars. However, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that at the moment, we are in the midst of a paradigm shift from internal combustion engines to electric-powered vehicles.
TopGear recently spoke to Stephan Winkelmann, the head of Lamborghini and Bugatti, who didn’t give out any details other than saying that the brands will try to keep the combustion engine for as long as possible. Well, at least there’s hope.
Uh-Oh! Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Ducati Future Lies Under Doubt
Earlier this month we heard rumors that the Volkswagen Group wants to transfer the Bugatti brand to Croatian company Rimac Automibili. The transaction would turn Bugatti into an EV company, but it would also give Porsche access to Rimac’s high-performance electric drivetrain.
The same report claimed that Volkswagen is also considering selling Lamborghini and Ducati. Now, Volkswagen confirmed that at least three brands are under review and a decision about their future will be taken in a management board meeting in November. The group is currently discussing the future of Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Ducati.
Bugatti Could Soon Be Sold Off to Rimac
Revived in 1987 by Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli, Bugatti was acquired by the Volkswagen Group in 1998. Under German ownership, the French brand introduced the Veyron and the Chiron, as well as a handful of one-off supercars, all powered by massive W-16 engines with more than 1,000 horsepower. Come 2020 and Bugatti could be sold off, and rumor has it the French company may end up with Rimac Automobili, the Croatian firm that produces electric supercars, drivetrains, and battery systems.
Immerse Yourself in the Details Behind the Bugatti Divo’s Development
Bugatti will assemble just 40 Divos. Each one is priced from 5 million euros (around 5.4 million dollars), and that’s before customers get a chance to delve into the options list. Now, you might be inclined to thing that since it already has the Chiron as starting point, Bugatti should stroll through the Divo’s R&D like a hot knife through butter.
In reality, things are a tad more complex. Think a two-year R&D timeframe complex, to start with.
Bugatti Won’t Honor Customer Requests for Special Cars - Arrogance or Intelligence?
Just as the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren are ramping up their one-off and special projects divisions, Bugatti is taking a different approach with its coach-building enterprise. The French automaker is keen on building more exclusive, coach-built models. That sits at the heart of its identity as a purveyor of luxury and super performance machines. Just don’t expect Bugatti to acquiesce to customer requests similar to what Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani, and a host of other exotic brands do. If Bugatti builds these models, it’s going to do it on its own terms, not someone else’s. Take this approach how you see it — is it smart or cocky in Bugatti’s part? — but you can’t argue that the automaker’s “‘for them’, not ‘by them’” approach has given rise to some of the fanciest and most expensive cars you’ll ever see. And when that’s the case, why bother fixing it?