The idea of a four-door super-saloon from Bugatti looks to be back on the cards, with an electric Bugatti Royale arriving in 2023.
We’ve been running stories on the likelihood of a four-door Bugatti saloon for a decade, and although Bugatti has produced nothing in that time apart from the Veyron and Chiron, it’s an idea that just won’t go away.
That said, Bugatti did produce a concept four-door – the Bugatti Galibier (above) – to keep the world guessing, but that’s as far as it got and eventually the whole idea looked like it was being left to wither on the vine.
But three years ago, then Bugatti boss Wolfgang Derheimer said he couldn’t get the idea of a four-door Bugatti out of his head, opening up the possibility once again that Bugatti would eventually deliver a modern Bugatti Royale.
Now, according to Car Magazine, Bugatti are back plotting a four-door saloon one again, plan to name it the Bugatti Royale and make it an electric Bugatti.
The plan is to build the Royale on a stretched version of the Porsche Taycan’s platform and, as it won’t arrive until 2023, will be powered by three electric motors delivering 870bhp, fuelled by a solid-state battery pack, and have Level 4 Autonomy.
Are we in for years of ‘Will they, won’t they’ on an electric Bugatti Royale? Probably.