Back in August 2021 at Monterey Car Week, Mate Rimac told real estate mogul and Bugatti collector Manny Khoshbin about plans for a new hypercar. He didn’t go into specifics at the time, only saying the all-new model that would come after the Chiron was in development and could arrive in 2024. Fast forward to January 2022, the CEO of the company’s newly founded Bugatti Rimac has more to say about the engine. mysterious.
In a video – which we have shortened – detailing the 2021 record-breaking as well as the Bugatti Rimac’s corporate structure, the 33-year-old Croatian entrepreneur promises there is still a future for the old combustion engine. He promised we’d be “stupefied” with the new hypercar, which will never have a feature that hasn’t been seen before on a production car.
“I’m also pushing for the combustion engine.” One question arises from this statement – Will the Chiron successor keep the mighty W16? If Lamborghini can keep the V12 alive for the Aventador successor, one can only hope that a peek from Molsheim will make the 8.0-liter quad-turbo meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations.
Of course, keeping ICE doesn’t mean the next Bugatti will avoid electrification. The next V12 engine from Sant’Agata Bolognese will be a hybrid, and we wouldn’t be too surprised if what comes after the Chiron will be electrified to some extent. The massive W16 engine at the heart of the hybrid setup will make for a very powerful engine (and weight) a car considering the Super Sport 300+ already packs a huge 1,577 hp.
Based on previous statements, Mate Rimac is open-minded about Bugatti’s future. Last year, he said he was “probably doing something crazy” or “something really crazy that nobody thinks about.” A long-hood coupe or even an SUV is being considered, while a pure electric car using Nevera’s lore is likely only a matter of time than if. However, Bugatti Rimac has promised to put a lot of effort into a potential EV instead of just overhauling the Nevera.