Bugatti could make V16 front-engined plug-in hybrid

Bugatti could make V16 front-engined plug-in hybrid

2009 Bugatti 16C Galibier Concept

The recently-unveiled Bugatti Tourbillon could spawn a front-engined grand tourer version, according to Autocar, potentially bringing to life a modern-day interpretation of the Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic.

The location of the V16 hybrid engine could be moved around to allow for different silhouettes, Bugatti design chief Frank Heyl told the British magazine, and suggested that the Bugatti Sur Mesure division’s expanding scope could grow to creating entirely separate model lines for limited-run, or one-off creations.

The Molsheim, France-based high-end brand has ventured in this direction before with the Galibier, which was to be a four-seater model alongside the Veyron of the time, which was later cancelled to make way for the Veyron sucessor, the Chiron that made its debut in 2016.

Bugatti could make V16 front-engined plug-in hybrid

A front-engined model with the powertrain from the Tourbillon, as Bugatti could “shuffle bits around” to create a model with its engine located behind and underneath the front axle to reduce the height of its bonnet, as with the Type 57 SC which was effectively crafted as a front-mid-engined car.

Autocar cited Bugatti CEO as saying that the French marque “has not always just been [about] sports cars,” which was taken to hint at the luxury carmaker’s potential diversification beyond the rear-mid-engined layout as used for the Veyron, Chiron and now the Tourbillon.

Bugatti CEO Rimac said that the Tourbillon is the “very first step” in Bugatti’s new era, though without disclosing any timeline for subsequent models from the French marque.

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • Peppa on Jun 24, 2024 at 7:41 pm

    This news is old and has debunked already but paultan is always late as usual

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