A closer look at the secret Bugatti that was never made

Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, the project was scrapped.
  • The Atlantic was designed as a potential successor to the Veyron
  • It was meant to be a hypercar, but also a grand tourer
  • It was powered by a twin-turbo V8 and four electric motors

Published on Jan 24, 2024 at 1:38PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Jan 24, 2024 at 4:14PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

This is the Bugatti Atlantic, a secret Bugatti concept car that never saw the light of day.

The name is a tribute to an iconic model from the past – the Atlantic Type 57 – but the car you see here was built from scratch.

After the success of the Veyron, Bugatti wanted to make their next car even better and this was one of the models they were working on.

Unveiled in 2015 at Pebble Beach, the Atlantic was designed as an ultra-luxurious grand tourer, powered by a twin-turbo V8 at the front, and four electric motors – one at each wheel.

The concept was great but the timing wasn’t.

Back then, Bugatti’s parent company, Volkswagen Group, was still dealing with the aftermath of the emission scandal, and the world was tackling one of the worst financial catastrophes in history.

For this reason, they decided to can the Atlantic project.

There’s a silver lining, though.

The Atlantic never made it to production because, among other things, Bugatti was too busy working on the Chiron.

So all in all, it was probably a good call.

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