Croatia-based Rimac bought a majority stake in Bugatti in July 2021. While some feared the partnership would lead to badge engineering, the company has confirmed that the Chiron’s successor won’t be just an existing EV clad in a chic French suit. †
“The easiest thing for us would be to take the Nevera, put a Bugatti logo on it and call it a day, but I was against it. I’m a man of electric cars, but a Bugatti would still be an internal combustion engine.” must have for some time,” the company’s founder, Mate Rimac, explained to: Automotive News Europe†
Badge engineering is then off the table; Bugatti fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Rimac added that future Bugatti models will be developed from scratch and in-house, and that his team will make every effort to control development costs to increase profitability. But while there’s no Bugatti EV around the corner, it doesn’t sound like the model taking over the torch from the Chiron will keep the W16 alive.
†[The car] will be heavily electrified, but we will have a very attractive combustion engine. When people see the next generation of Bugatti, I think they’ll be surprised that I pushed for something like this, because people associate me with electric cars. But I’ve always been a performance person and a car freak. Given the brand, the customers and the technology available, I think we are developing the best possible solution for Bugatti, which is not an electric car today. It will be one day, but not today,” Rimac continued.
Though he has stopped providing technical details, “heavily electrified” and “a very attractive combustion engine” are statements confirming the Chiron’s successor will land with a hybrid powertrain. And at the time of writing, there is no word yet on what the car will look like, both visually and mechanically. It could again take the form of a mid-engined coupe, or it could take a different layout.
We don’t know when Bugatti will unveil its next car, although it doesn’t sound like the company is in a hurry: the order book is full until 2025, Rimac said. The latest Chiron build slots have been talked about and the track-focused Bolide is also sold out. After a record year of 2021, Bugatti plans to build and deliver 80 cars by 2022, including the first copies of the EB110-inspired Centodieci.
Meanwhile, the Croatian company has started production of the Nevera, its second model, after several delays due to the persistent shortage of chips. “The first customer cars are on the line. We will deliver them in the next two months,” the company founder revealed.