Electrification is still on the table for a future version of the coupe.Bugatti could turn to electrification in a bid to build a more powerful version of the Chiron.The French company admits that it considered launching the Chiron as a hybrid during the development phase, but its engineers managed to boost the 16-cylinder engine's output up to a jaw-dropping 1,500 horsepower without resorting to an electric motor. However, electrification is still on the table for a future version of the coupe that will boast even more power.
"[A hybrid] is something we have under consideration now. We will see what the future brings," revealed company boss Wolfgang Dürheimer in an interview with British magazine Autocar.
Dürheimer stressed that Bugatti would go hybrid for the sake of all-out performance, not for reasons related to fuel economy or emissions. A hybrid drivetrain would simply give the Chiron more power, but it wouldn't allow the coupe to drive on electricity alone at low speeds. That said, whether it will take the form of a standard hybrid drivetrain or a more complicated plug-in hybrid setup is anyone's guess at this point.
Similarly, a time frame for when Bugatti will decide whether or not to launch its first-ever hybrid hasn't been provided.
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