Bugatti is Considering Installing a V-16 Engine in a Front-Engined Hypercar

Bugatti’s Future: A Front-Engined Model with a V-16 Engine

Bugatti is known for its high-performance hypercars, with models like the Chiron and Veyron pushing the boundaries of speed and luxury. However, the brand’s history is also filled with concepts and prototypes that never made it into production. One such example is the 2009 Galibier, a potential ultra-luxury grand tourer that was ultimately axed due to design concerns. Despite this setback, Bugatti seems to be keeping the idea of a front-engined model with a V-16 engine alive for the future.

Rumors are swirling that Bugatti is considering a new model that would feature a sixteen-cylinder engine mounted in front of the driver. While the Galibier had a twin-supercharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine, its spiritual successor could use the naturally aspirated 8.3-liter V-16 from the Tourbillon. Bugatti’s Director of Design, Frank Heyl, hinted at the possibility of a front-engined model, stating that the company has the ability to “shuffle bits around” to make it happen. However, a front-engined Bugatti would likely not be seen anytime soon, as the focus is currently on the Mistral roadster and Bolide track-only models.

The idea of a front-engined Bugatti is not entirely new. In the modern era, the Galibier was the most well-known example of a Bugatti with a front-mounted engine. However, there were a few prototypes before it that featured front engines as well. The 1993 EB 112 had a V-12 engine, while the 1998 EB 118 and 1999 EB 218 models featured a naturally aspirated W-18 engine. Despite these early experiments with front-engined Bugattis, none of these models made it into production.

With new management in place and the Rimac Group holding a controlling stake in Bugatti, the brand may be looking to expand its lineup and explore new possibilities. Launching a front-engined model with a V-16 engine could be a way for Bugatti to diversify its offerings and appeal to a wider range of customers. While details are still scarce and a front-engined Bugatti is likely still a few years away, the idea of such a model is certainly intriguing for fans of the brand.

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