With production of the Veyron coming to an end, all eyes are fixed squarely on Bugatti and what it
will do next. Because by next year, it will have sold the last examples of the Grand Sport and Vitesse roadsters, and after that there will be no more. And since the Veyron line is the only one Bugatti makes – or has made, for that matter, since Volkswagen took it over – it will need something else in place or it will effectively go dormant. The only question is what that next project will be – or more likely, given the timeframe, already is.

One thing which Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber – who is now president of Bugatti and was its technical director during the Veyron's development – ruled out in speaking with Top Gear is that there won't be any further development of the existing Veyron. Schreiber put to rest the longstanding rumors that an even more extreme evolution of the Veyron than the record-breaking Super Sport would be made, and that the vehicle would die after the remaining 43 examples have been built. Nor will Bugatti proceed with development of a four-door model. It's an idea that Bugatti entertained prior to the release of the Veyron with the EB218 concept at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show and again after it with the Galibier concept in 2009, but it's ultimately been put to rest. According to Schreiber, a four-door Bugatti "would confuse our customers."

What the Alsatian marque is focusing on instead is a new supercar to succeed the Veyron. We'd expect it to carry an evolution of the same W16 engine as its predecessor, though it would be cool to see it mounted up front in some sort of hyper-GT this time around. (But in that regard we're admittedly just spitballing.) Whatever form it takes, Schreiber is clear what its target will be: he's unconcerned by the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 or Ferrari LaFerrari, and only has to answer to the Veyron it replaces. Whether it will also use a hybrid powertrain remains to be seen: "Maybe, but it's too early to open the door and show you what we have planned." The point is that, after shifts in management and direction, Bugatti has a plan, and is working to put it in action. We're eager to see what form it takes.


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      macutty
      • 11 Months Ago
      Expect the company to go on hiatus for several years. They will have lots of PR and hype but without any actual concepts for at least 2-5 years. The brand has enough staying power to survive that kind of pause and all the while VAG isn't losing billions on this marketing exercise. It was 7 years between VAG's acquisition of Bugatti and a production car being introduced. Dont hold your breath for a successor to appear the model year after the Veyron dies.
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 11 Months Ago
      They can start by not making an ugly pig.
      imag
      • 11 Months Ago
      Look, I know that high speed supercars have more power than anyone can use, but really: where is there left to go? Will it go 300 mph? I am a huge car fan, but we are reaching the point where have cars can be built with technical capabilities that cannot even be used on real roads *or* racetracks. Even the autobahn doesn't bear speeds much over 160. At this point it is an exercise in dialing up the cubic dollars and the symbolism of wealth. And a Caterham will still beat it for fun any day of the week.
        Adam Sheikh
        • 11 Months Ago
        @imag
        Its an engineering exercise to overcome so many obstacles and prove to the world what can be achieved. The Veyron is the automotive equivalent to landing on the moon or placing a rover on Mars. Just because it doesn't benefit you directly doesn't mean it shouldn't be done. And speaking of benefits, a lot of the technology and unique solutions will trickle down to more consumer-oriented vehicles in the VAG lineup over time.
          Bernard
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Adam Sheikh
          I'd rather actually land on the moon or place a rover on mars. If only we could get Veryon customers to fund that instead. :-(
      • 11 Months Ago
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        johnnyhedwardsjr
        • 11 Months Ago
        No, you're not alone. I guess that there's not much else to say about it. It's been around for 9 years now. They added some hp, took the top off, and made a few special editions. Hell, that's already happened with the "new" 911 that came out back in 2012. Heck, that's already happened with the C7 Corvette. So 9 years of the same old thing does get kind of old. And looking at a prototype that has existed since 2009 now being axed is kind of disheartening. I mean, Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber must have the most laid back job in the universe, which he probably acquired just because he has a cool name and most likely the looks to go along with said title. What does he do all day? You have a company with one car... and you don't have to worry about sales goals, emission standards, dealership networks, marketing meetings, or even plant issues. All you have to do is make 43 cars over the next two years. That has to be the best job ever! Just suit up, go to a posh office, and make guest appearances at events, Everyone already knows what they want to do. Break the 300 MPH barrier, make a beautiful interior, and put it on sale for $2 Million dollars.
          • 11 Months Ago
          @johnnyhedwardsjr
          [blocked]
      PatTheCarNut
      • 11 Months Ago
      This car is SO BORING and agree, Ugly! They have just about abused it for all the special models they can so I guess it IS about time to make another pointless boring model. Some would say we are at the pinnacle of automotive technology and design in history, but by no thanks, as far as design, to this car or other models with a face only the designer could love that market super high speeds and super high HP. The only thing they do is provide R&D and a reason for people with more money than most countries and even less driving ability, to supply the companies with plenty of cash to develop and pass the tech down to models the rest of us can buy. (to steal a line from a popular TV commercial) "We say thank you Mr Billionaire who has no driving ability guy!" I say, look at the models lower down the food chain and some of the stuff filtering in as standard equipment and even the design and engineering they are bringing on their own merits. (for example the new 911 Targa) So go ahead Bugatti, design another exclusive, over priced, travesty. I'm sure some rapper or movie star has money just burning a hole in their pocket and I would like a hovering 911.
      lamawithonel
      • 11 Months Ago
      Diesel?
        audisp0rta4
        • 11 Months Ago
        @lamawithonel
        Only if it also comes with a manual and AWD inside of a wagon body. Then we'll all go out and get the next Bugatti right?! ;)
          VL00
          • 11 Months Ago
          @audisp0rta4
          haha well said
      VL00
      • 11 Months Ago
      According to Schreiber, a four-door Bugatti "would confuse our customers." How dumb are they?
      Junkyard Willie
      • 11 Months Ago
      They say I'm gettin' money, Must be illuminati, Talking to the Holy Ghost, In my new Bugatti.
      Teleny411
      • 11 Months Ago
      I think making a faster car is overkill. They've proved what they can do. Now perhaps a supercar that is beautiful rather than simply menacing or weird-a la 50s&60s Ferrari, updated of course.
      Jaybird248
      • 11 Months Ago
      As VW's ego exercise (Lambo not being enough), Bugatti should shoot for the moon... a V-16 quad supercharged engine, AWD, a 16 speed gearbox, an absolute rocket ship body, and wait for it..... a $2 million price tag.
        Lachmund
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jaybird248
        except for the 16 speed gearbox...isn't that exactly what they just built for so many year?!
      nasdaqqcom
      • 11 Months Ago
      any person..... chump enough to buy this bloated over rated 7 figure joke .....probably has white walls and a vinyl top on his every day driver.......my Porsche 2013 turbo.S... edition 918 spyder .....does 10.7 in the quarter and I paid $160,000........is the best hot rod I have ever had..........I also use it as an every day driver...........
        J
        • 11 Months Ago
        @nasdaqqcom
        > any person..... chump enough to buy this bloated over rated 7 figure joke .....probably has white walls and a vinyl top on his every day driver Any person chump enough to buy this bloated overrated 7 figure joke - probably has more than enough money to buy your sorry @$$ many times over.
          Lachmund
          • 11 Months Ago
          @J
          says the guy who's fastest car ever driven propably was a civic. I don't get people sometimes.
        Junkyard Willie
        • 11 Months Ago
        @nasdaqqcom
        He knockin' on the do' don't let the Devil in! He knockin' on the do' don't let the Devil in!
      Hunter Smith
      • 11 Months Ago
      Why does VW own Bugatti? Despite it's $2 Mil price tag, it's been reported that they lose an addition $2-3 Mil on each Veyron sold. All so VW can claim to manufacture the most outrageous car? That's insanity.
        Lachmund
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Hunter Smith
        This is very easy: To show the world they are (among) the best automaker(s) in the world. It's all marketing and yet who would complain?! Only a company this huge could pull off something like this. You really tell me you didn't know Bugatti (as well Bentley, Lamborghini or Porsche) is owned by VW?!
          Lachmund
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Lachmund
          VWs/VAG cars are among the most respected cars in the world. The only ones telling strange fairytales are the americans, which could be connected to some mexican production or simply badly maintained cars.
          The Wasp
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Lachmund
          I would thinking anyone buying a regular VW would complain since that money was spent on Bugatti instead of making VW cars better.
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