Bugatti does not yet eliminate the internal combustion engine

A photo of two workers building a Bugatti engine.

Long live the Bugatti W16 internal combustion engine.
Photo: Bugatti

French automaker Bugatti is known for making crazy hypercars with high horsepower and even higher prices. But since last year, the company belongs to the electric supercar brand Rimac. And with this change in ownership, its gas-powered future is uncertain. Until now.

the Croatian electric car maker takes over from Bugatti after Volkswagen sold a majority stake to Rimac last summer. Following the deal, Rimac founder Mate Rimac was named CEO of the new joint venture, known as Bugatti-Rimac.

Despite a fondness for anything with a battery, Rimac has insisted Bugatti won’t go all-electric just yet. In fact, he says he’s “pushing for a combustion engine” on the company’s next car.

A photo of a blue Bugatti Chiron hypercar

The Chiron won’t be Bugatti’s last ICE-powered monster.
Photo: Bugatti

And like Bugatti has now ceased production of its Chiron hypercarthis “next car” will replace the 300 mph monster.

So, to quell any speculation that this new beast might be battery-powered, Rimac posted a video on Bugatti’s website outlining its plans for the company.

“I don’t want to talk too much about future projects yet. But I can tell you that you will be amazed,” says Rimac.

It promises a host of features “not yet seen on any other car” before assuring car fans that it’s also “pushing for a combustion engine”.

He says: “There is a future for combustion engines at Bugatti.”

A photo of Bugatti CEO Mate Rimac sitting in a Chiron.

Mate Rimac, not yet killing Bugatti’s soul.
Photo: Bugatti

Despite sweeping changes to its executive structure, Rimac says “what the brand stands for must stay”.

But what does Bugatti represent today? Is it still considered the pinnacle of automotive engineering and the last bastion of luxury? Or, in fact, is it more of a holdover from a bygone era? That remains to be seen.

But, as long as Bugatti continues to whip old powertrains while Rimac lights up with its electric ambitions, the firm is likely to feel like the dinosaur of the duo.

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