In developing the Chiron, Bugatti thought about turning to electrification to best the Veyron, which pumped out 1200 hp in its ultimate iteration, but decided it wasn't necessary. The Chrion's successor will definitely be a hybrid, though. , Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer said that the company isn't yet working on the next Chiron, but regardless, he's confident it'll be a hybrid.
"Electrification will happen," Dürheimer told Autocar. "The next car is a long way from being developed, but the way battery and electric motor technology is moving on, as well as regulations, it seems certain that the next car will be electrified in some way."
While Dürheimer did reveal an important detail on the Chiron's successor here, his comment leaves the door open for a number of possibilities. It could be that the Chiron's successor will be a "mild-hybrid" with an electric motor mated to the gas engine's crank, or it could be a full-on plug-in hybrid like the Porsche 918 Spyder.
The only thing Dürheimer said the Chiron's successor won't be is a full-electric car. That only narrows things down slightly.
If you follow the car industry closely, Dürheimer's comment won't come as a shock. Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Volvo have all recently committed to building more mild hybrids in the near future, and Bugatti's parent company, Volkswagen, is investing heavily in electrification.
Dürheimer also implied that the Chiron's successor could be many years away, as Bugatti is considering building a second model line. This would push the Chiron's successor launch back a few years.
"We are looking at what customers want if we do something different, and we have some ideas," Dürheimer said. "But we are not under pressure to decide—production of the Chiron is expected to last for around eight years. We are at the predevelopment phase, preparing technically and asking clients what they expect [of a new model]."
Since the Chiron entered production this year, it's not likely that Bugatti will launch either a successor or a new model until the next decade. Dürheimer implied that it would alternate production between model lines, possibly pushing the launch of the Chiron's successor into the 2030s.
In any case, Bugatti hasn't failed to impress us yet, so we look forward to whatever its cooking up. Even if the Chiron is sticking around for a while.