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Bugatti To Cancel Veyron, Build New Sedan

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On: Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 10:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti To Cancel Veyron, Build New Sedan

Well, here's a mix of good and terrible news. It seems that Bugatti has made a pretty dramatic resolution for the new year, and we're not entirely loving it. The good news is that the marque will reportedly be working on a new sedan that's based on VW cousin, the Audi A8. After seeing the 16C Galibier last fall, we're eager to see a Bugatti sedan headed toward production. We were quite happy with that bit of rumoring. 

The bad news is that to make room for the new sedan, Bugatti plans to wind down production of its iconic Veyron, arguably the world's most excessive, outrageous supercar. Since the Veyron launch in 2000, the names "Bugatti" and "Veyron" have been near synonymous, but it looks like the brand may be content with letting the Veyron retire as a world-record holder. According to reports, Bugatti will look to wind the Veyron down by 2014.

The report, which originated from German source Der Spiegel, indicates that VW is pressuring Bugatti to become profitable by increasing its sales. And VW feels that a luxury sedan will pull in more profits than an over-suped supercar.

While we don't want to see the Veyron go, it may not be that bad. The production sedan may very well pull influence from the 16C Galibier, which Bugatti introduced last September. That model is essentially a four-door coupe version of the Veyron, using the Veyron's same 8.0-liter V16 engine. That engine would likely be tuned down from the Veyron's 1,000 horsepower to somewhere in the 800-hp range. Bugatti has called the 16C the "most powerful sedan in the world".

For months throughout 2009 and early 2010, reports and rumors indicated that Bugatti was strongly considering production of the 16C Galibier, but the company never announced production plans. It's not clear if the newly rumored sedan would simply be a refined version of the 16C Galibier or an entirely new model.

One thing's for sure: Bugatti's on our radar for the next few years.

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