Combustion engines are living their last days of glory, especially those with large displacement and high performance, which have no place in the ecological society towards which we travel, or so at least they want us to believe. We are not going to argue with that argument, we all know what it is and how it is achieved, but we are going to say that we will miss these crazy times when we burned fossil fuel in our car engines. We still have a combustion engine for a few years, for many years to be honest, because second-hand vehicles will continue to have traditional engines for a long time, but it will not be the same.
Even Bugatti, one of the quintessential brands when it comes to using huge engines, will have to make the move to electrification sooner rather than later. Moreover, the Bugatti Chiron has reached the end of its life, the brand has said goodbye to its engine, launched more than 15 years ago, with the Bugatti W16 Mistral and we know that there will be no more cars of its style. Now it’s time to take a new step in the evolution of the brand, sponsored by Rimac and its electrical technology, with the replacement of the Chiron. A substitute will arrive in 2027 and will have a hybrid motor group. That will entail, as expected, that the engine is smaller and not as spectacular as the current W16 8.0 with four turbos.
The British magazine Autocar has had access to information from the brand itself in which it is stated that the next Bugatti model will be new, from the chassis to the engine, obviously going through its design and its technological content. . On the one hand, there is talk of a new design that will put special emphasis on aerodynamics, with a slimmer and more subtle bodywork than before, since Bugatti cars have been characterized in this new era by their almost baroque appearance. On the other hand, the next hybrid powertrain, according to the brand, will offer more opportunities for evolution and design.
There are opportunities to get a bit more athletic to Bugatti’s form in the future, without losing the general gesture of generosity and sovereignty. It will also have its limitations, due to performance and the needs that come with that performance. But now we know every inch of our cars so well, that we know exactly where [the change] would help us and where it would create a problem .” – Achim Anscheidt, Bugatti Design Director
Hybridization is no longer a matter of Toyota and versatile vehicles, we have seen it on several occasions thanks to cars of the stature of the Porsche 918 Spyder, the McLaren P1, the Ferrari LaFerrari… and these are examples that are around 15 years old, there are currently many more and many more to come from Aston Martin, Mercedes, and Lamborghini. There is no other option but to electrify, at least until there is no choice but to resort only to electricity, but this hybridization has its advantages, such as a more forceful response to the throttle at low revolutions and more intense accelerations.
However, the transformation of Bugatti is a more sensitive issue than any other brand, the French label is famous for its excesses and those who buy a Bugatti want precisely that, a car that is excessive in all its features. For this reason, the brand, assure that the next hybrid Bugatti will be just as spectacular as the Veyron and Chiron have been they assure that it will be more amazing and ask for confidence.
It’s going to be amazing, proportionally, technologically, in terms of innovation, in terms of surprise. It’s going to blow people out of the water completely and it’s a real joy to work on this .” – Frank Heyl, Bugatti deputy director of design
There is still not a single piece of information about it, only that it will be ready in 2027 and that it will be, as expected, very expensive. We also know that it will be Bugatti’s latest development with combustion engines, the next one will be irremediably electric and, of course, will feature Rimac technology.