Exclusive: First of three Bugatti concepts to be shown next month
18 August 2009

Bugatti will preview a future model with a concept car in September - but it will be just one of three proposals for the next model, company boss Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen has told Autocar.

The first concept is widely tipped to be a four-door saloon, which will be shown to potential customers to gauge reaction as to whether Bugatti should be building such a car.

However, Dr Paefgen was keen to quash rumours that a production Bugatti saloon would have any relationship with the new Bentley Mulsanne saloon, launched this weekend at Pebble Beach and a car he has brought to production in his other role as head of Bentley.

"A Bugatti saloon will have different dimensions and be a completely different concept. In fact it’s hard to find any similarites at all [with the new Bentley]," he told Autocar.

"A Bugatti is designed and developed for a total volume of not more than 150, so that allows completely different materials and technology."

Dr Paefgen was also keen to point out that any future Bugatti models would stay in the same super-rarified end of the market at the Veyron supercar.

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