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Bugatti is mulling over plans for a crossover-influenced sports car as its second model range - but it won't be a traditional SUV, according to new boss Stephan Winkelmann.
CAR magazine has already reported on plans for a new Royale electric limousine based on the group's EV hardware from the Porsche Taycan, but Molsheim is actively considering a taller, more family-friendly Bugatti too.
The company has finalised proposals for its second model and is awaiting sign-off on from the VW Group.
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Winkelmann kicked off the Urus SUV project while at Lamborghini, but he’s on record stating ‘there will be no SUV from Bugatti’. Fair enough – but that doesn’t rule out a sporty crossover with a higher seating position than a saloon, with a body lower and less boxy than a traditional SUV.
Our artist's impressions, by Andrei Avarvarii (gallery at top of the page), depicts how a Bugatti CUV (coupe utility vehicle) could look. It's virgin white space, as the brand has never before built a 4x4. The design team, led by Etienne Salomé, is working hard to retain the Chiron and Veyron's distinctive styling DNA and translating it to new bodystyles to sate the world's wealthiest car buyers and collectors' appetite for the ultimate four-wheeled transport.
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The idea is for a sexy, two-door crossover, more compact than the Urus (below) and, crucially, much lighter. It will share some componentry with the big Lambo, including the 641bhp V8, but with some serious hybridisation to take output close to four figures.
As a result it should eclipse even the Urus’s extraordinary performance, which bludgeons 0-62mph in 3.6sec and v-maxes at 191mph.
Bugatti may need to tap the group’s factory network to assemble the model, tipped for up to 800 units annually from 2023. It’s a long way from a single 16-cylinder hypercar and an obsession with top speed.
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