Bugatti in Funding Search for 4-Seater Stablemate to Chiron
The badge of a Bugatti Automobiles SAS Centodieci supercar is seen during The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, California, U.S. (Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Bugatti in Funding Search for 4-Seater Stablemate to Chiron

(Bloomberg) -- After selling almost all 30 of its $3.9 million special-edition Chiron supercars over dinner, Bugatti is moving to double its lineup by adding a second model.

Unlike the limited-run Chiron -- a version of the car that set a 304 miles-per-hour record earlier this month -- the new vehicle may take the shape of a four-seater, Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann said in an interview. It could also leave the world’s racetracks for some off-road driving, he said, a departure for a brand honed on producing race cars going at incredible speeds.

Bugatti, one of a stable of super-premium Volkswagen AG-owned brands including Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley, is looking at “sexy” financing for the new model, Winkelmann said. Porsche used a German promissory note called a Schuldschein to partially fund the development and production of the battery-powered Taycan.

Bugatti in Funding Search for 4-Seater Stablemate to Chiron

Demand for supercars remains unbroken, judging by a dinner held at Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim, France, over the weekend. Nearly all of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ models slated for production were sold, Winkelmann said.

Even so, the focus at the Frankfurt auto show this week will be on electric vehicles like the Taycan and VW’s coming ID.3. A battery version of the Chiron wouldn’t work, he said -- hypercars still need combustion fire power. But he could see a less-expensive daily driver at a lower price, say in the $1 million range, working in a hybrid-electric set-up.

“There is still a lot of time for internal combustion engines,” the 54-year-old said.

The Chiron Super Sport 300+ has some modifications and is 20 centimeters longer than the version that raced around a recently resurfaced Volkswagen track in Ehra-Lessien, Germany.

Winkelmann briefly discussed the idea of uniting VW’s luxury brands under one umbrella. He declined to be drawn on the prospects of Bugatti holding a public stock offering, saying it’s not his decision to make.

“If we put those type of brands together it’s unique in the automotive industry,” Winkelmann said.

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