Since Volkswagen took control of Bugatti, the French firm has been the epitome of excess in every way. Indeed, Bugatti was always a special manufacturer, standing out for its technical refinement and care for details and quality, but excess, what can be said excess, was only the Bugatti Type 41 “Royale”, with its disproportionate propellant of eight cylinders with 12.8 liters and 300 hp. The battle of this car, for example, was more than four meters.
We are talking about a car that was manufactured in the early 20s and since then, Bugatti did not come up with anything so crazy again until the arrival of Volkswagen and its Veyron. With the Veyron, it was shown that certain limits could be overcome, provided that the necessary budget was available. However, there were many developments that, given the excessive cost of production of the Veyron, were not carried out.
The Bugatti Veyron reached the end of its production and gave way to the Bugatti Chiron, which has been the most prolific to date in terms of versions and also in terms of “new” models. And we put it in quotes because, in the end, all of them are more or less modified versions of the Chiron. Even the spectacular Bugatti Bolide is a Chiron taken to more, although this does not mean that it is a bad thing, let’s not misunderstand.
Bugatti is currently controlled by Rimac and Porsche, with a future that seems to be strong and even exciting, although it goes through electrification yes or yes, as happens to everyone. However, it seems that before this electrification arrives, the French firm will exploit the benefits of its huge W16 engine as much as possible and will put a new car into circulation using the current architecture. Mate Rimac promised that Bugatti would still have a lot to say with its current technology and that it is not yet time to fully electrify the brand and if what is said is true, he will fulfill his words.
According to the sources consulted, Bugatti is preparing a roadster, a roofless version of the Chiron that takes up one of the projects that could not come true with the Bugatti Veyron. There is hardly any data about it, as one would expect from information that is based on a lot of speculation, but you don’t have to be an engineer to realize that it would be the first convertible on the Bugatti Chiron platform. The Veyron had versions without a roof, although they were closer to a Targa than to a pure convertible, however, the Chiron has not had anything similar and it is now that the project seems to be underway.
The fact is that the Chiron’s chassis has not been designed for versions without a roof, so the engineers will be having a lot of work to adapt the structure and not lose rigidity or capabilities since it seems that the engine will remain the same four-turbo W16, which will also make use of its most powerful configuration, the so-called “Thor” with 1,600 hp, which gives life to the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport or the Bugatti Centodieci. It will not be an easy job and it will surely end up being tremendously expensive.
Bugatti will only manufacture 99 units of the hypothetical Chiron roadster, or so it is said, and at the moment there are no dates for its presentation or marketing. In any case, we cannot ignore that back in 2020, almost around these same dates, a news story came out that spoke of a very special request, by a wealthy client (a very, very wealthy client). A guy who put an enormous amount of money on the table to have an exclusive and one-of-a-kind Bugatti Chiron Roadster made for him. Nothing has been heard about that request again and perhaps it may be related to these rumors about the launch of a two-seater convertible by the French firm.