• Dec 1, 2006

Bugatti is moving ahead with plans for a new model to succeed the record-shattering, earth-moving, mouth-watering Veyron supercar. That's what Thomas Bscher, chief of the Volkswagen AG subsidiary, contends, despite reported efforts by Porsche to derail the über-ultra-super-duper-premium-luxury carmaker.

Here we assume Bscher's not talking about the upcoming targa variant of the Veyron, but a completely new model. We can expect that whether it's a front-engined touring coupe, a CLS-style four-door coupe or a super-luxury saloon, the next Bugatti will share a great deal of the mechanicals with the Veyron so as to defer further development costs and better utilize the enormous amount of resources that went into the supercar.

While Posche wants to marginalize Bugatti into an even more exclusive brand, confining it to rare one-offs and thereby all but eliminating it from the scene, previous reports suggested the brand may go further down-market instead. But with a host of brands producing a variety of vehicles, Bugatti would need to be very careful not to step on the toes of sister brands Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini.

One thing's for sure, Bscher notes: they won't be producing another car like the Veyron from scratch again. (Neither will anyone else, for that matter.)

[Source: The Car Connection]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Uselessly expensive car from a useless company.

      Great advertising?!

      This thing was so obscenely expensive in terms of R&D that it will _never_ break even for the company. Of course it's hard to measure trickle-down sales, but as far away in price as this.. I don't think anyone with a multi-digit IQ buys a GTI with the notion of it being a mini-bugatti or believing that any of the technology found its way that far down.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just build that little lightweight roadster that was rumored recently. That's the true Bugatti heritage. Id' gladly pay serious coin for that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The transmission in the veyron is completely incompatible with the 911.
      The veyron's output is transferred rearward by a secondary shaft that is not coaxial with the countershaft axis.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How you succeed a Veyron is beyond me. But, I'll tell ya, am I ever waiting the day!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      4# Why doesn't Porsche take the gearbox out of the Veyron to use on the 997 911 Turbo.

      Cause the Veyron transmission is a $40,000 dollar component, each box is hand built by Ricardo at rate of 2 units per week on the same "line" as their high end motorsport boxes (e.g. F1). I'd be amazed if Porsche where prepared to pay that sort of dollar for a production box, Porsche competition boxes built by Ricardo actually cost less.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Re:4

      I don't believe owning stock in a company gives you rights to that company's intellectual property. Porsche just cant help themselves to what VW is cooking.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why doesn't Porsche take the gearbox out of the Veyron to use on the 997 911 Turbo. It has taken them so long to make the DSG for the 911 Turbo. The the Veyron's gearbox they could put it in any car and it could handle the power. The 911 tuners would love this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      not that we all can afford one, but its a nice dream to wake up from
      • 8 Years Ago
      By introducing the Bugatti Veyron with its unmatched performance Bugatti/VW got everyone's attention first, then they introduced the models that people will take a look at because of all the hype around the Veyron. Great advertising move by the company if you ask me.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Although the Carrera GT was a great car, it was definitely on the upper end of the price spectrum. That gives quite a lot of room to Bugatti below the 1.2 million they were charging for the Veyron.

      It would make sense to maybe go down to $300,000 and take on Maybach and Rolls, but no further.