Hard on the heels of the development of the new Chiron-based Divo supercar, Bugatti may be joining the ranks of other performance car makers such as Bentley, Lamborghini, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus, Maserati, Rolls-Royce in designing and building an SUV. McLaren May Build An SUV, But Will It?
’The Brand Is Ready For More:
“The brand is ready for more,” said Stephan Winkelmann, at last week’s Paris Motor Show. “The W-16 engine is at the core of the brand today, but it won’t remain the heart forever.”
This information comes a month after Winkelmann indicated that Bugatti could benefit from a second model, though, at that time, he didn’t give anything away.
Meantime, the new Divo Bugatti Sings Out With Its Divo – and of course, its linear parent the Chiron – both sport 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 motors. The engine’s horsepower output rating is 1,479. However, Winkelman says, the VW subsidiary may consider a new engine and chassis variants. Indeed, the veteran VW exec indicated the new vehicle could be a hybrid. Much of the movement toward a new powerplant here is because the automaker recognizes that “You have to consider social acceptance regarding emissions.”
About the only other major specialty car manufacturer that isn’t currently offering or planning to submit an SUV is exotic car manufacturer McLaren. Instead, it is likely that McLaren will build an electric supercar.
Parent VW Under Huge Financial Strain
Before you get all excited about the prospect of a Bugatti SUV, it is a good idea to remember that VW will have to spare the investment for a new car at a time when VW is focusing more on autonomous and electric vehicles. It is also facing substantial financial costs in the fallout from Dieselgate. At last check, the company had paid close to $26 billion, and there are still lawsuits pending.
As if to show just how tenuous the link to an SUV is to Bugatti, said Winkelman, “We need to come up with a convincing pitch to our shareholders that justifies the related investment,” Winkelmann concluded at a Paris Motor Show press shindig.
Sources: MSN, Motor1, Automotive News