► Ex-Lambo boss is new Bugatti chief
► Wolfgang Dürheimer to retire
► Winklemann moves from Audi Sport
It’s been rumoured for some time, and now confirmed, that former Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann will become the new president of Bugatti at the end of 2017.
Current Bugatti chief Wolfgang Dürheimer will retire after five years in charge, in addition to duties at the helm of Bentley.
VW Group chairman Matthias Müller has issued the following statement: ‘I accept Wolfgang Dürheimer’s wish to retire. I sincerely thank him for the outstanding work he has done in various positions in the Volkswagen Group over 18 years. At Bugatti he successfully completed the era of the Veyron and, with the development of the Chiron (below), he has opened an exciting new chapter for the brand.’
Stephan Winkelmann is currently CEO of Audi Sport (previously called quattro GmbH), a subsidiary company of Audi concentrating on development and manufacture of performance cars and motorsport. Prior to that he was Lamborghini CEO for a decade, joining the company from Fiat.
CAR archive: Tim Pollard interviews Lamborghini bosses Stephan Winkelmann and Maurizio Reggiani in 2010