Could a Bugatti-built SUV really be the next vehicle on the drawing board for the supercar company? Many things are up for open speculation, but amid a rising tide of SUV offerings from competitors in the high-performance luxury market – there’s a good chance it’s going to be the next model you see from this supercar company as well. Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann said last month that the brand could benefit from a second model although any further details were kept shrouded in a veil of mystery.
According to Motor Trend, even hybrid vehicles are now on the company’s radar as the world is caught up in the chaotic shift from fossil fuels to an eco-friendly alternative. The skirmish is kicking up a lot of dust and uprooting up many of the deeply-entrenched methodologies we’ve built cars with for over a century; while other automakers are stubbornly sticking to their once tried-and-true guns, most are preemptively adapting to prepare for the shift of propulsion that appears just around the corner.
The big question on everyone’s mind, however, is less focused on the environment as speculation about the alleged Bugatti SUV consumes the topic of the hour. Just how exactly will Bugatti pull off an SUV; more importantly, what will it look like? Although a secret to most, some artists have offered up their own renditions of what the supercar SUV should look like.
Currently, the newest thing on the table is the Divo, a corner-oriented 8.0L, quad-turbo W-16 with 1,479hp that’s designed to scream dynamically around corners with performance that will redefine the Bugatti altogether. Despite the extremely pleasing power ratings, Winkelmann said of the hybrid idea, “[they, (the hybrid)] could be a part of the future – you have to consider social acceptance in terms of emissions.” “The brand is ready for more,” he continued, by acknowledging that even though the W-16 is the current flagship of the prestigious brand, “it won’t remain the heart forever.”
With a consideration for the environment from a company expected to produce some of the best-performing cars on the planet, where does that leave future models in the balance of eco-friendly and power-generous? Are the two seemingly unrelated announcements about emissions and the SUV being made at the same time to prepare us for a very different type of Bugatti? Many of these questions can only be answered by time, but the speculation surrounding our perception of what the SUV should look like are definitely cause for excitement, even if nobody has asked the question, “Who’s really going to buy a Bugatti SUV?”