Bugatti’s head says combustion engines are ‘state-of-the-art’

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Words: Nile Bijoux
4 Dec 2019

Bugatti’s CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, is a fan of combustion. He ran Lamborghini before his current role, which has barely touched turbocharging, let alone electrification to aid its vehicles. Meanwhile, Bugatti employs a massive 8.0-litre W16 engine with four turbochargers attached in its Chiron hypercar and according to a new interview, Winkelmann isn’t wanting to let go of suck-squeeze-bang-blow in favour of electrification just yet.

He told Motor Authority that the combustion engine is the “real state-of-the-art powertrain," because it can offer “limitless” power, “incredible” acceleration and electrification adds weight. Not that the Chiron is exactly lightweight...

In an effort to offset the hefty CO2 emissions of its hypercar (516g/km) as well as its offices and factories, Bugatti has committed to planting more than 4000 trees in France with more measures coming.

Funnily enough, the French automaker is working on a second car to join the Chiron, which is looking likely to be electric. Judging by Winkelmann’s comments, it will sit below the Chiron in the Bugatti pecking order.

It was previously thought the Galibier concept, a four-seat hatchback/sedan, would be the model to get the green light but Winkelmann said this one wouldn’t happen. Instead, the second Bugatti will still be a 2+2 four-seater with a higher seating position and more ground clearance than a sedan. Don’t call it an SUV though, with Winkelmann preferring to call it an “all-weather vehicle.”

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