Bugatti’s train of teasers continues as the French brand prepares to launch something new for Monterey Car Week. So far we’ve seen headlights and taillights that don’t match any of the current Chiron derivatives, and now we’re seeing a cockpit that doesn’t match anything either. It’s still shrouded in darkness, but it sure looks like a new roofless Bugatti is imminent.
This strongly supports rumors that a Chiron roadster is in the works, and there’s more than a vague image for proof. In its social media teaser posts, Bugatti includes the phrase “open new horizons” with the clip. Between that, the new video and the rumours, there’s no doubt that Bugatti’s latest vehicle is indeed an open-top one.
But will it be called a Chiron roadster, or something else? The bones under the skin will almost certainly be the Chiron, just as they are with the Divo, Centodieci and La Voiture Noire. This is further supported by the second teaser in this series, which promised “the last of its kind” to debut on August 19. This teaser also showed us new X-shaped taillights, and the first teaser revealed new vertically oriented headlights like nothing else in the Chiron family. Additionally, the new teaser shows off different bodywork on the door compared to the Chiron, and in fact, we can’t even be sure there’s a normal windshield in place.
All evidence points to another Chiron-based model sporting a new body, likely with a new name. It can be a drop-top convertible or fitted with a targa-style pop-up roof. Or, it could be a legit roadster following the old school definition of having no roof at all. If we follow the Bugatti story, the Veyron Grand Sport had a folding roof, so that would be the obvious choice for this new vehicle. However, the perceived lack of a windshield in this short teaser video gives way to something more drastic. And with Bugatti calling it the last of its kind, radical could win the day.
We will learn the truth on Friday, August 19. Bugatti will debut at The Quail for Monterey Car Week, beginning at 10:20 a.m. PT. Motor1.com will be there to catch all the action, but in the meantime you can preview all the Monterey action in the ride on cars podcast, available below.