The iconic Bugatti Chiron is heading towards its retirement. The company announced, earlier this week, that there are less than 40 build slots available for the hypercar right now. This predicament apparently happened after a surge in demand in the third quarter of 2021.
Bugatti says that the Chinese market demand has more than doubled on a year-to-date basis and it looks like the Chiron’s production will reach the end of the road sooner than expected. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016, the Chiron was a limited-run model from the get go, Bugatti promising to build only 500 units of the hypercar.
The first car was delivered in March 2017 and by May 2018 over 20 percent of the scheduled production had already been accounted for. The 300th Chiron was built in March so you can easily track how fast the demand surged over the last 7 months.
If you’re wealthy enough to order one, you can still go for the Pur Sport and Super Sport models. These are both upgrades compared to the original Chiron. The former is lighter by 50 kilos (110 lbs) and uses a stiffer suspension setup. The latter adds 100 HP to the mix.
What’s next for Bugatti? Well, in order to make an educated guess, we’d have to look at its new ownership. Earlier this year, the company was bought by electric hypercar manufacturer, Rimac. Could that mean that the next Bugatti car will be electric?
Quite possibly but it’s too early to tell. Nevertheless, Rimac is known for creating outstanding hypercars, like the Nevera, which has almost 2,000 HP and 1,741 lb-ft of torque and does the 0-60 mph run in 1.85 seconds. Therefore, if there will be an offspring created by the mixing of Bugatti and Rimac blood, it’s quite possible to be an out of this world project.