Bugatti Exec Shoots Down Possibility Of A Chiron Roadster
More derivatives will come of Bugatti’s new supercar, just don’t expect any of them to come without a roofby Kirby Garlitos, on
The Bugatti Chiron may one day break all the records that its predecessor, the Bugatti Veyron, set on its way to becoming the world’s fastest production car, but there is one thing that the Veyron had that the Chiron is apparently not getting: a roadster or convertible version.
The bombshell was dropped by Bugatti’s sales and marketing boss Dr. Stefan Brungs in a conversation with Autocar at the opening of the automaker’s first and only showroom in the U.K. Brungs didn’t shoot down the possibility that the Chiron will get different variants, but none of these prospective versions will be configured as either a roadster or a convertible. For now, the company’s focus is to sell 500 models of the Chiron before discussing the model’s expansion opportunities. To date, Bugatti already has more than 200 orders for its new supercar with 15 alone coming from the U.K.
Brungs also took the time to confirm that the Chiron is already being prepared to make a run at the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport’s world record top speed of 268 mph. Very little details were given as far as the preparations are concerned, but a previous report indicated that once the Chiron is fully up to speed and Bugatti is confident of what it can offer, the world record attempt will happen sometime in the next few years.
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Why it matters
This is big news for fans and enthusiasts of Bugatti. The thought of not seeing a roadster or convertible version of the Chiron is surprising enough in it of itself. But to hear a high-ranking Bugatti executive confirm that there are no plans to build such variants makes it that much more difficult to comprehend. I can’t think of a reason why Bugatti is taking this step. It’s not like a roadster version is going to compromise the Chiron’s performance capabilities. The Veyron had such a variant and that didn’t stop it from being the awesome supercar that it was.
That said, there’s also a part of me that thinks that Dr. Stefan Brungs didn’t completely shut down the possibility of a Chiron roadster. Maybe Bugatti’s plan to offer one isn’t in its immediate timetable. That doesn’t mean that it’s never going to happen. Remember, the Veyron lasted 10 years before Bugatti rolled out the Chiron. Who’s to say that in the span of the next decade, the company doesn’t change its mind? I won’t be surprised if it does because a roadster version of the Chiron will sell just as quickly, if not quicker, that the coupe version. It’s still a Bugatti after all and there’s a specific allure and appeal to a convertible model that coupes just aren’t able to copy.
Here’s what I really think is going on. The Chiron is still in its infancy and Bugatti is understandably being careful about making too many promises with the supercar. Once the Chiron establishes itself as the king of all supercars – breaking the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport’s record for fastest production car will go a long way in doing that – then expect Bugatti to start considering what other variants of the Chiron it wants to develop. My money is on a roadster or convertible version being one of those models.