The rumored second car from Bugatti is looking to be an electric Bugatti crossover. The brand’s president, Stephan Winkelmann, has stated that the French automaker is “ready for more,” and this is certainly a departure from the typical vehicles we’ve seen from Bugatti.
For the past couple of years, Bugatti has been preparing to bring up a second model that will stand alongside the Chiron. However, it would not be another hypercar that we’ve grown to expect from the automaker. While a lot of people believe that the new model will be an SUV or crossover of some kind, Winkelmann did not say that it necessarily would be an SUV in an interview with MotorTrend.
“I never said we are building a Bugatti SUV. The press said it because I pushed for the Urus at Lamborghini.”
However, he never outright denied it being an SUV either, so take that for what it is. We know for sure that it will not be another hypercar and that it will fit into a different car segment altogether.
“[The second model] would be a different segment with a different price tag, but above all the other competition. The price is not about positioning Bugatti out of this world. It’s about innovation, about materials, craftsmanship, all the things that are important to create a car which survives longer than the others and becomes a collectors’ item.”
Given the introduction of SUVs like the aforementioned Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga, and Rolls-Royce Cullinan, it would not be a surprise if Bugatti joined the trend of ultra-luxury SUVs.
Bugatti also has plans to make its second model electric/electrified. During a separate interview with Winkelmann, he expressed that:
“There [the second model], I would see us doing a battery electric vehicle. There, the balance between performance and comfort is much more important, and it’s about daily usability. This is what I see.”
This brings us to a report from Automobile Magazine that the electric Bugatti crossover could be developed with R&D company, Edag and built by Magna Steyr (who currently builds vehicles like the Jaguar I-Pace, Toyota Supra, and Mercedes G-Class).
Additionally, thanks to its sister company, Porsche, Bugatti has a connection with electric hypercar manufacturer Rimac (Porsche has a 10% stake in the company). Rimac has already made its 1,850 hp electric powertrain available for the upcoming Pininfarina Battista. As such, the report states that there is a great possibility that Rimac will be able to provide the powertrain for Bugatti’s future vehicle.
Lastly, the report states that Bugatti will be planning to produce 600 of these new crossovers annually and they will be priced anywhere from $850,000 to over $1 million. So while it will be cheaper than the current Chiron, it won’t be a cheap thrill.
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Source: Automobile Magazine