The reign of the Bugatti Veyron is soon to be over. Dr Wolfgang Schreiber of Bugatti recently told TopGear that there will not be a four-door Bug, nor will there be another hypersport version of the Veyron. The company is going to build a brand new car from the ground up, aiming to blow every other level of performance you've known to the moon. So ... what might it look like? Will it go more Italian? Will it still take cues from the Veyron? Will it be smaller, bigger, a one-seater? We take a look at a collection of concept cars and renderings that designers have been creating over the past few years, as a way to get our imaginative juices flowing. Are these the future?
Designer: Alan Guerzoni
What if Bugatti had stayed under Italian supervision? That's the question Alan was asking when he designed the Atlantique with an extremely low, wide, and flat look. Even though it looks nothing like the Veyron you're used to, it still maintains the recognizable grille and has a shape that is a direct call back to its namesake, the Atlantic. This is driving around in an alternate universe right now.
Designer: Bruno Delussu
Unrestricted by the typical production car limits, the French designer went after his own fantasies with the Stratos, a car mainly based off the Type 57. "I was not limited by the complex technicalities that a production line of such a car would require and found myself creating this vehicle for the viewer's eyes pleasure only."
Gangloff Design Study
Designer: Pawel Czyzewski
Off the cars shown here, the Gangloff is the car we reaaaaallllllllly wish this were being made. It's absolutely stunning in an Alfa 4C-ish type of way.
2025 Aerolithe Concept
Designer: Douglas Hogg
The original Aerolithe was created back in 1935. It had a somewhat similar shape to the Atlantic, with its rear bubble cabin and a long, snouty hood and engine bay. Those proportions were recreated in a much more exaggerated way with the new 2025 concept. This is supposed to be the ultimate GT car that would go in a garage that houses 8 other cars, all of which are world-leading in one way or another. How's that for exclusivity?
Designer: John Mark Vicente
Born from a Canadian design student, the Renaissance is a much more cutting take on the Veyron. It maintains its half-shell element, while incorporating thin, angular headlights, and a rear reminiscent of the W Motors Lykan HyperSport.
Type 12-2 Streamliner Concept
Designer: Racer X Design
Racer X calls it streamlined. We call it a pretty close twin to the Ferrari 599.
Designer: Jakusa Design
Inspired by the Galibier concept, the Ettore is supposed to be more aggressive, but also more elegant at the same time. This might be a bit of a stretch, but the headlights have a hint of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, which automatically cheapens the feel.
1945 VW BUGatti
Designer: rc82 Workchop
Nothing more than an exercise in fun and games, the BUGatti is exactly what it looks like: a VW Bug combined with a Veyron. Weird.
Designer: Marc Devauze
Taking inspiration from the 1920’s Bugatti Type 35, Devauze created a one-seater concept that runs purely electric. The open-top car runs on four electric motors powered by lithium-AIR batteries. Yes, air. Bugatti is supposed to lead the pack, right?
Super Sedan Concept
Designer: Dejan Hristov
Dejan didn't like the original sketches of the Galibier four-door Bugatti. So, he made his own. The major difference is that he took away the four doors and replaced them with two gullwings, still allowing for easy access to rear seats. This is easily more attractive than the official renderings.
Designer: Glacius Creations x Vossen
There probably hasn't been a more basic and simple design concept that would create such commotion. How do you imagine what a Bugatti SUV would look like? Slap the Veyron front end on it, add a few humps and bigger intakes and call it a day.