Bugatti Galibier "will be built"; supercharged Veyron engine; hi-res pics

The Bugatti 16 C Galibier super-saloon concept is poised to be given the green light for production, following positive reaction to the concept car.

The Galibier has been on tour since last September, visiting Bugatti customers, the media and motor shows as Bugatti assesses its suitability as a replacement for the Veyron. Production of the hypercar will end in 2012.

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A decision on the Galibier had been expected this spring, but Bugatti’s position as the smallest of VW’s brands has meant it has had to wait its turn for Group funds. Each of the 300 Galibiers earmarked for production from 2013 is expected to retail for around £900,000.

Despite this high price, the funds required for development are small within the context of the group. But VW is currently trying to raise around €4bn (£3.6bn) in a share sale and has frozen any announcements on new products. It is worried that committing to a new Bugatti model will have an adverse effect on its attempts to raise the funds.

The reaction to the car has been overwhelmingly positive and Bugatti insiders claim there is now a strong will within the Volkswagen Group to make the car. It is almost certain to be signed off for production this summer after the share sale has ended.

“It will be made one way or the other,” said one insider. “We’re the smallest VW Group member and there’s a recession on so we’ve not been a priority.

“But we can expect to announce something by the summer; it looks good, people like it and it wouldn’t be a great financial commitment in the context of the Group.”

The Galibiers are influenced by the Veyron and the fuselage styling of the classic Bugatti Type 35.

Its doors and wings are constructed from aluminium, but the rest of the body is made from carbonfibre. Carbonfibre is also used in the front end of the chassis to add stiffness and keep weight down.

A weight hasn’t been given, although Bugatti wants the Galibier to be the lightest car in its class. The four-seat cabin is more luxurious than the Veyron and has a more minimal design.

Powering all four of the Galibier’s wheels is the Veyron’s W16 engine, tuned to produce around 800bhp, albeit using twin mechanical superchargers rather than the Veyron’s four turbochargers.

The Galibier probably won’t have the Veyron’s DSG gearbox, either; instead it’s expected to use a conventional eight-speed automatic transmission.

But like the Veyron, it will be exceptionally fast. Bugatti tech boss Wolfgang Schreiber has said he wants the production Galibier to “be the world’s fastest, highest accelerating and powerful four-door”.

Mark Tisshaw

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25 March 2010

I hope they do build it. I think it is beautiful.

25 March 2010

Trips to Asda for the shopping will never be the same.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

25 March 2010

[quote jelly7961]

I hope they do build it. I think it is beautiful.

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25 March 2010

No doubt the engineering will be superb, but personally I think it looks a bit ridiculous.

Interior wise, can't the Germans come up with something a bit different to wood and leather yet? Maybe go back to (dare I suggest) the French roots of the brand and find something that moves the game on, rather than just being another VWentley inside.. I remember reading in the 90's how BM's and VW's various associations with British companies was teaching them how to do wood properly, well now it seems they cannot have too much of the stuff just to prove they can do it......yawn.

25 March 2010

[quote turbinecol]Interior wise, can't the Germans come up with something a bit different to wood and leather yet?[/quote] I agree with the others here that this looks beautifully engineered and finished. In my view this is the sort of saloon that Aston Martin should be producing rather than the Rapide. I agree with turbinecol that all this wood and leather is getting a bit boring, almost every German manufacturer now does it just as well as the English coachbuilders of old (or indeed new) but there must be other materials. Citroen had a go with the C6 in at least trying to come up with a different style, but they didn't take the idea far enough in my view. There must be other materials than wood, leather and carbon fibre that are suitable for car interiors.


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25 March 2010

I think the Bugatti Veyron is a very beautiful, stunning looking car - the Galibier however just looks very odd and not a particularly well resolved bit of styling.

25 March 2010

Exactly.......this is an ugly, extremely over rated and pointless car with as much relevance as Mrs Beckham

25 March 2010

[quote Nick Rutter]

[quote jelly7961]

I hope they do build it. I think it is beautiful.

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+2. Love it.

25 March 2010

What a beautiful looking car, classy and tasteful and somehow doesn`t look as offensive as a full blown Roller.

Does this mean that we have a chance of seeing the even more beautiful Lambo Estoque making production, I would imagine they would share some parts?

25 March 2010

I think it is a shame they will reduce the power of the engine, presumably to reduce the technical complexity of building it. It also sounds like VW is not committed to Bugatti as a flagship for R&D money, and will now use this to try and extract maximum profit from the brand.

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