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Bugatti Crossover in Consideration at Manufacturer
Recently, Bugatti is seeking to add a second model to their lineup alongside the Chiron. With rumors spreading across the market, Bugatti has two possibilities. One of the biggest considerations is a Bugatti Crossover. While not a full-out SUV, it would be similar to the Urus, but more compact and lightweight. It’d also sport a ton more power than the Urus, as well as the upcoming Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. So, if given the green light by Volkswagen Group, a crossover could come to market from Bugatti. It’s basically a revival of the Royale in ultra-luxury limousine style crossover.
Although the CEO of Bugatti, Stephan Winkelmann, is against SUVs, that doesn’t rule out the crossover. To back this up, Winkelmann actually oversaw the development of the Urus. So, building a similar crossover wouldn’t be a complete surprise. There’s also consideration of a 2-door crossover sports car. Depending on VW’s decision, Bugatti will move forward with either car, or neither. For all anyone knows, VW will decline both choices, leading to chaos amongst Bugatti news outlets.
Over 1,000+ Horsepower via V8 & Electric Motors
So, as with most Bugatti models, this car will boast an obnoxious amount of power. If the Bugatti Crossover is to become a reality, this car would probably sport the Urus’ motor. This is a 641 horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Furthermore, the engine would receive backup from an electrical motor to reach a goal of over 1k horsepower. In combo, these engines would make this vehicle one of the most powerful crossovers in the world.
Who Doesn’t Want a Bugatti Crossover?
So, who doesn’t want a Bugatti Crossover? Well, surprisingly, there’s people that probably don’t. But, most of us auto enthusiasts do. Obviously, only time will tell if it will happen… or not. Regardless, expect a possible Bugatti unveil at an upcoming auto show… maybe. Furthermore, manufacturers are moving into a greener, fully electric future. So, using electricity to help power this vehicle is basically a requirement. And, the market has already shown electric vehicles (EVs) are popular. Although, some people may need help moving on from their gasoline engine. But many drivers are already ready and willing to do so.
Note: The images and video for this article are not official by Bugatti. Hence, the pictures and video only represent possibilities for design – by outside sources. For the real design, await Bugatti’s unveil in the upcoming future. Currently, the crossover is only an idea awaiting approval. Thanks for understanding!
Debut at 2019 Geneva Motor Show
At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti made one of its biggest debuts to date. The Bugatti La Voiture Noire stunned the crowd as a single model limited edition. At $18.9 million USD after taxes, this car is quite amazing. The Noire is one-off vehicle inspired by Jean Bugatti’s legendary 57SC Atlantic. Unfortunately, the 57SC Atlantic went missing during the pre-WWII era. Regardless, this Bugatti is an absolute masterpiece that remembers a historic model.
1,500 Horsepower W16 Engine
To no surprise, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire packs some major power. Under the “hood”, is a 1,500 horsepower W16 engine. More figures are yet to be known, but this engine is an absolute powerhouse. This has been quite the year at Geneva as the Noire isn’t the only 1,000+ horsepower reveal. But, this has also been seen as somewhat controversial. Why? Because many people wonder why these vehicles are not fully electric, or at least hybrid. But, to each their own!
Sometimes, a car needs to pay homage to its heritage and stick more traditional. The Noire is a great example of why. With only one model on the street, the emissions will probably be less than a cow produces. Especially, with the minimal time it’ll actually see the road. But, obviously, EVs are and will be the future. There is no exception to this rule. It’s better to start adapting now rather than when it’s too late…
Wow! $6.4 Million USD in Taxes!
As with every luxury good, there are taxes on Bugatti models. At these prices, obviously it’s not cheap. With a MSRP of $12.5 million USD, taxes alone skyrockets the price to $18.9 million USD. What? Why? How!? Yep, that is no joke. A whopping total of $6.4 million USD in taxes. With that money, the owner could buy a Divo, which comes in slightly under $6 million USD. Or, maybe two Chiron models at slightly under $3 million per unit. Either way, whomever buys this car is paying as much in taxes for this one vehicle as 610 average families in the U.S.. So, in the end, having money doesn’t really mean tax exemption. But, there’s no reason to dive into a dispute!
Venturing into New Terrain
The new Bugatti CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, has stated that the company is considering a second model to sell alongside the popular Chiron. Bugatti has considered entering the Sedan Market but tends to favor the SUV body style instead.
“It’s clear that if we do something different from a super-sports car like the Chiron, then it would not be enough just to be in love with one type of car…We would look at
every bodystyle and regional demand and not put our money into something that is fading”.
Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti CEO
His reference to “something that is fading” was towards the saloon, or sedan as they are known in non-European markets. Apparently, there has been a decline in sedan sales in the European market, while SUVs have seen an increased demand.
It’s true that prior to the arrival of their new CEO, the company worked on the idea of a four-door sedan using the Galibier name. However, indications are that the market would better support an SUV body style.
Breaking into the SUV Market
Winkelmann has experience in the SUV market. He was part of the conception of the Lamborghini Urus SUV which has been launched.
Bugatti is not the only car manufacturer whose looking at the possibility of a new SUV. Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, and Bentley also want a piece of the action. Ferrari project, known as Purosange, will feature plug-in hybrid technology and be the fastest vehicle of its type. This could make competition for a Bugatti SUV even stiffer.
Timeline for the Next Bugatti Model
Whether sedan or SUV, it does look as if the new Bugatti model is not the only project for the Volkswagen Group. It may have to take a backseat to their electric vehicle and autonomous technology development. However, with the current popularity of the Chiron, their priorities could change.
By the way, LEGO built an awesome Chiron model, check it out here!
Better Handling Chiron for $5.8 Million
Recently, Bugatti introduced the newest car to their fleet, the Divo. The Bugatti Divo is an exclusive, handling-focused spin-off of the Chiron. Instead of focusing on additional power, the Divo is much nimbler and readier for the track. At a price of $5.8 million USD, the Divo has already sold out of all 40 units. That’s a whopping $232 million in sales for Bugatti, without hesitation. Below, you’ll find out why the Divo differs from the Chiron.
1,500 Horsepower Quad-Turbo W16
Not surprisingly, the Bugatti Divo sports the powerful 1,500 horsepower quad-turbo W16 motor. The expectation is that this car will hit 60 mph in around 2.5 seconds. Although, the top speed will be 25 mph less than the Chiron at 236 mph due to the handling focus. But, the Divo will be quicker around the track making it a contender for the Nürburgring record. Digging a bit deeper, the Chiron and Divo will have the same brakes and tires, but there are other significant changes.
Differences Between Divo & Chiron
The Bugatti Divo and Bugatti Chiron can be seen as twin brothers in the Bugatti family. One tends to be a bit more powerful, while the other is a bit nimbler. This is mostly due to changes in their “genetic” make-up, which leads to separate performances. Firstly, the Divo has additional wheel camber and retuned steering. Secondly, the Divo has received revised driving modes including Autobahn, EB, and Handling settings.
Thirdly, the Divo sheds weight by dropping a few pounds via lightening parts. This weight loss begins with lighter wheels. Furthermore, there is a carbon-fiber intercooler cover and a lighter audio system. To drop it even further, some sound-deadening material is removed, and storage compartment size is decreased. As per the interior, the Divo has matte carbon-fiber trim, faux suede, specifically designed aggressive bolster seats, and larger paddle-shifters. Overall, these changes make this car quite a unique version of the vehicle.
Unique to the Divo
The Bugatti Divo is a unique vehicle from “head to toe”. This uniqueness begins with the rear grille. The rear grille is made of 3D printed fins, 44 of which light up as taillights. Next, the headlights are different with tiny horizontal LED strips and daylight running lights. These lights give the Divo a very personal look. Finally, the Divo has a French flag design on the front vents behind the fender.
The Divo is Basically the New Diva
Bugatti Divo: World Premiere – Bugatti – YouTube
The Bugatti Divo is quite a spectacular vehicle, it might as well be the new diva. The exterior attracts attention while the interior is fine-tuned and ready to perform. Hitting markets most likely as a 2020 model, the Divo will rarely be seen by the masses. And, at $5.8 million, plus being sold out entirely, this car is going to be quite a collectible vehicle. In conclusion, the Divo is another masterpiece for Bugatti as it works to build its footprint in the auto industry.
Aston Martin’s 1st Hypercar: The Valkyrie
In the last few years, the race for the fastest hypercar has caught a ton of momentum. First, there was the Bugatti Chiron and shortly after, the Koenigsegg One:1. Furthermore, even Mercedes-AMG hopped on the bandwagon with the Project One. Now, Aston Martin has introduced an all-new hypercar titled the Valkyrie. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is Aston’s first production hypercar. For the Valkyrie project, Aston Martin has teamed up with Red Bull Racing.
Aston Martin & Red Bull Collaboration Project
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is in production at the Gaydon, Warwickshire, England facility. Here, Aston will produce 150 units through 2018. Originally, this vehicle was called the Nebula which is an acronym for Newey, Red Bull, and Aston Martin. Although, the final code name was AM-RB 001 which stands for Aston Martin-Red Bull 001. Once it was time to hit production, the vehicle title became Valkyrie. Valkyrie is a word in relation to Scandinavian mythology. It stands for the beautiful twelve handmaidens of Odin who conducted the slain warriors of their choice from the battlefield of Valhalla.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie: AM-RB 001 hypercar officially named – Aston Martin – YouTube
6.5-Liter Cosworth V12 Engine with 1,130 Horsepower
The Aston Martin Valkyrie sports a 6.5-liter Cosworth V12 engine. This motor produces a whopping 1,130 horsepower. The overall design of the engine leads to optimal torque during take-off and uses an electric motor for boost. Additionally, this engine couples with a 7-speed Ricardo dual-clutch transmission. As per the battery, it is a Rimac-built KERS hybrid battery system. Not surprisingly, the Valkyrie offers a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio just as the Koenigsegg One:1.
All-Carbon Bodywork & Mid-Mounted Powertrain
The Aston Martin Valkyrie starts with an all-carbon bodywork with no steel. For the layout, this vehicle is an advanced mid-mounted powertrain vehicle like F1 race cars. As usual, the front end withholds the trademark Aston Martin upper grille outline. The overall design of the Valkyrie yields an exceptionally low weight of only 2,271 lbs.! This makes this car one of the most lightweight hypercars to date. Basically, the Valkyrie is a formula one car for the street.
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Track-Only Edition
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is available in a street legal version as well as a track-only version. The street legal version is exactly as described above. The track version will be slightly different. The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is a track-version Valkyrie with only 25 models total in production which are sold. The engine on the AMR Pro will have a lot more power due to battery and engine tunings. The battery power will remain the same but the functionality will be in a racing sense. As per the engine, it will have a better tune to produce more power all-around.
Hypercar MSRP of $3,200,000
FIRST LOOK: Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Concept – Shmee150 – YouTube
Overall, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is quite an amazing hypercar. With over 1,000 horsepower and a 1:1 power-to-weight-ratio, this car will be major competition for all other hypercars of the generation. The MSRP of the Valkyrie is a hefty $3,200,000. Furthermore, 25 lucky millionaires will own the Valkyrie AMR Pro track-only edition. In conclusion, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is another feat of engineering that shows the world where the future of the hypercar is going.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS Powerhouse Megacar
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is the world’s fastest car from 0 to 249 to 0 mph in only 36.44 seconds. The Agera RS beat the Bugatti Chiron’s record by 5.52 seconds. This is no surprise as this megacar is a beastly machine. From the engine to the suspension, the Agera RS is a one-of-a-kind vehicle. With over 1,000 horsepower, obtaining this record was somewhat of an expectation.
5.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 with 1,160 Horsepower
The Koenigsegg Agera RS sports an aluminum 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This motor produces 1,160 horsepower and 944 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine has 4 valves per cylinder with double overhead camshafts and dry sump lubrication. Furthermore, the Agera RS puts out 232 bhp per liter with flawless reliability. From 0 to 60 mph, the Agera RS only takes 2.6 seconds. Not surprisingly, the Agera RS can complete a quarter mile in 9.4 seconds. The motor works in combination with a 7-speed paddle-shift transmission that includes an auto shift mode.
A Track Optimized Feat of Engineering
On the exterior, the Koenigsegg Agera RS in completely optimized for the track. First, there is an all-new front splitter as well front winglets and side skirts. Under the vehicle, there is an advanced dynamic underbody flap system. On the rear, there is a dynamically active rear spoiler for a downforce of 992 pounds at 155 mph. The RS version of the Agera has improved side air outlets behind the front wheels.
Advanced Technological Options for Chassis & More
The Koenigsegg Agera RS comes with a handful of high quality options as well. First, there is a Koenigsegg active and self-leveling chassis package. Next, there is a 3G connected Pre-Active chassis setup. Furthermore, the Agera can arrive with alternative aero packages as well as active sound cancelation, and more! Lastly, depending on the market, the RS can contain a configuration for E85 to increase power levels. For this, the engine management system allows the ability to adjust any fuel mix on-the-fly.
Top Quality Handling Technology
The final stretch of the Koenigsegg Agera RS is within the handling technology. First, the Koenigsegg Agera RS has a Koenigsegg Electronic Differential System (KED). Next, the vehicle has a Koenigsegg Gearbox Control Module (KGCM). For steering, there is a rack and pinion hydro-electric power assisted steering system. To put all this together, the Agera RS sports special Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires for the track. For the street, the vehicle can wear Michelin Supersport tires. Lastly, another unique feature is the advanced lightweight sound insulation… but this doesn’t relate to handling.
The Agera RS is Now the 0-249-0 MPH Record Holder
In conclusion, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is a beastly machine that now holds the record for the 0-249-0 MPH test. The Agera RS has an increased power and raised RPM limit compared to the base Agera. The technology within the vehicle is the cream of the crop when it comes to power and handling. This vehicle will be hard to compete with moving forward but that doesn’t mean it will hold the record forever. Overall, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is a powerhouse of a megacar.
Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar
At the 2017 Frankfurt International Auto Show, Mercedes-AMG revealed the Project One Hypercar. At $2.8 million MSRP, the Project One is a formula-1 inspired hypercar. After long speculation of a Mercedes hypercar, Mercedes-AMG did not disappoint. With production beginning in 2019, the vehicle will be limited to 275 units which are already sold out. Surprisingly, the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar may not sport the motor system you were expecting.
1.6-Liter Turbocharged V6 & Electric Motor Combination
Unlike the Bugatti Chiron that has 1500 horsepower via a 8.0-liter W16 motor, the Mercedes-AMG Project One will sport a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 and electric motors. With the 8.0-liter W16, the Chiron can shed a 26 gallon tank of gasoline in 8 minutes flat… phew! Although the Project One has a much smaller motor, it can hit 0-60 mph in only 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 mph. The V6 motor itself producing around 700 horsepower with a 11,000 rpm limit. The three electric motors produce 500 horsepower themselves, leading to ~1,200 horsepower total.
Mercedes-AMG Project One Electric Motors
The electric motors act in a multitude of ways on the Project One. First, there is one electric motor located at each of the front wheels. The third electric motor is within the engine bay. A fourth electric motor spins the turbocharger so there is never lag when acceleration is necessary. Another benefit to this overall electrical setup is that the plugin hybrid system allows for torque vectoring. On the hybrid drive system alone, the Project One can complete 20 miles silently for those late night cruises.
The Project One was engineered with a lightweight carbon fiber body. Furthermore, Carbon wheels and carbon ceramic brakes complement the body. The front and rear spoilers are active which help with cornering. Although expected with other Mercedes models, automation is not an option on this vehicle. Another difference is that the doors open forward then up rather than directly outwards.
The Project One’s body has adequate intakes and vents to keep the motor cool and breathing well. On the interior, it looks like a F1 car with a passenger seat. The steering wheel has multicolored buttons and dials. On the dash, there are dual 10 inch hi-resolution LCD screens. The rear view mirror system is camera based rather than simply a mirror.
Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar: Car Collector’s Dream
Overall, the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar is a brand new addition to the highly collectible cars realm. With a combination of electric and fuel, this car can compete with the best of the best. The top speed may not be as high as some competitors but for a V6 and electricity, it speaks for itself. The carbon fiber body, wheels, and brakes make for an authentic racing appearance. In the end, if you were able to pay $2.8 million for one of 275 units, you are one lucky car collector.