Is it just me or does Bugatti dream a lot more than it produces?

Like the rest of the world, we’ve been itching for a second Bugatti model – at this point, one that isn’t another special or limited edition version of the Chiron. Over the years, there have been at least a couple of close calls. Think about the Bugatti 16C Galibier, the four-door model that would have propelled the company into super-sedan territory. After its debut, though, it fell into a cesspool of developmental hell and never saw the light of production. Close, but no cigar. Another fine example, was the front-engined, two-door Bugatti Atlantic. Supercar Blondie got the chance to hang out with that very concept, and you should really check out the video below!

Supercar Blondie and the Bugatti Atlantic

Since the video can speak for itself, and so can Supercar Blondie, I’m going to tell you a little bit about the Atlantic to refresh your memory. The Atlantic sure did carry a lot of Bugatti DNA, but it was front-engined and was powered by – I hope you’re sitting down – a twin-turbo V-8. The transmission still would have been mounted in the rear, though, due to packaging issues. The other option would have been an all-electric powertrain with four electric motors but, at the same time, this was back in 2015, so you wouldn’t really be able to hope for any type of impressive range.

Outside of all this uniqueness, the car was designed to pay homage to the Bugatti Type 57 from way back when, and it would have been cheaper than the Chiron that the company produces today. Why? Well, the project would have allowed Bugatti to source parts from the bins of every Volkswagen-owned company as it saw fit. Cheaper, yes, however, can you imagine a Bugatti with the headlight switch from a Volkswagen Golf? Doesn’t seem ideal to me.

Supercar Blondie Wants You To Enjoy This Video of the Bugatti Atlantic Concept
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Unfortunately, the Atlantic never came to life, but if you take a good look at the cabin, you’ll see that the Bugatti Chiron borrowed quite a few design cues so, in a way, the Atlantic still managed to live on in one way or another.

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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