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Will Bugatti resurrect the Type 57SC Atlantic?

by Ronan Glon

The rumors of a one-off hypercar are intensifying.

The rumors claiming Bugatti will introduce an ultra-exclusive one-off model at the upcoming Geneva auto show are intensifying. The company highlighted the history of the Type 57SC Atlantic, one of its most emblematic model, in a press release, and it released a sketch that could preview a modern version of the car.

The text accompanying the photo reads "Jean Bugatti's 57SC Atlantic cannot be re-created, but what do you think? Can we translate its design language into the 21st century?" Though admittedly vague, this is our best indication yet that Bugatti has re-interpreted the Type 57SC. The sketch itself doesn't reveal much; either it shows the original 57SC Atlantic, or it indicates the modern version looks a lot like it.

Bugatti hasn't released any details about its rumored one-off car, though we know it wants to resurrect the coachbuilding industry. If it's an evolution of the Chiron, the only model currently in its range, it will most likely use a quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W16 engine that makes at least 1,500 horsepower.

Only a single example of the model will be built, allegedly, and it has already been spoken for. Unverified reports claim 81-year old Dr. Ferdinand Piech, the former chairman and CEO of the Volkswagen Group, purchased the commemorative Bugatti for 16 million euros, a sum that represents about $18 million. If that's accurate, Piech bought the most expensive new car sold in recent memory. The nearly $13 million Rolls-Royce Sweptail unveiled in 2017 previously held the record. It was a one-off model, too, and it was commissioned by a wealthy British collector.

Bugatti hasn't made its plans for the Geneva show public yet. We'll have to wait until the event opens its doors in early March to find out what the French firm will display on its stand.

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