Four-door saloon set to go on sale in 2013

This is the Bugatti 16 C Galibier, which will go on public display for the first time at the Geneva motor show on Tuesday.

It is a concept which heralds the introduction of a new high performance saloon due to go on sale in 2013, commanding a price tag of around £900,000.

Officially the Galibier has been designed to gauge customer reaction to a four door, four seat Bugatti, but insiders are keen to make it once Veyron production ends in 2012.

"This is what the Bugatti team wants to do now we have to convince customers and the [VW] group to make it," company boss Franz-Josef Paefgen told Autocar.

The company is staying tight-lipped about technical details. But technical boss Wolfgang Schreiber admitted that he wanted the production Galibier to "be the world’s fastest, highest accelerating and powerful four-door" and hinted that maximum power would end up at around 800bhp.

The Galibier is four-wheel drive and power comes from the same W16 engine as the Veyron, albeit with twin mechanical superchargers, rather than the four-turbochargers of the mid-engined Sportscar.

And unlike the sportscar the Galibier is thought to have a conventional eight-speed torque convertor automatic transmission, rather than a DSG system.

The doors and wings of the Galibier are made from aluminium, but the rest of the body is constructed from carbon-fibre and Schreiber admitted that the front end of the chassis was also largely made from carbon-fibre to add stiffness and weight.

Insiders won’t comment on the target weight of the production car, merely that it is set to be the lightest car in its class.

The styling is said to be influenced by the famous Bugatti Type 57 Atlantique which is why the Galibier is a hatchback, rather than a conventional saloon and has a characteristic spine running down the entire body.

The basic architecture is also said to be inspired by the so called ‘fuselage’ styling of the Type 35 and echoed by the Veyron. The four-seat cabin is more luxury oriented than the Veyron and extremely minimalist.

The large wooden dash is dominated by two centrally mounted dials, showing available power and speed, topping out at 390km/h (242mph) on the concept. The clock has been manufactured by Swiss maker Parmigiani and is removeable, so it can be fixed on a specially designed wristwatch for customers.

Bugatti’s sales director Alisdair Stewart told Autocar that the decision to put the Galibier into production would be taken by spring next year after the concept car has toured the world to be put in front of prospective customers. If it does see the light of day, he expects up to 300 to be made at the company’s Molsheim HQ.

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14 September 2009

Anyone else seeing a huge BMW 1 series here?

14 September 2009

The front somehow reminds me of the Audi Q7, and back is very Porsche Panamera (stating the obvious?)

I wonder why theyre using superchargers for the new car? Surley they could have just detuned the veyrog engine a bit, something to do with emissions maybe?

14 September 2009

[quote Steelydan] Anyone else seeing a huge BMW 1 series here?

Side profile, bottom of the windscreen forward? Also agree with Joe about the Panamera ass.

Would prefer a Quattroporte of even an XFR.

14 September 2009

its a panamera, only 10 times the price!

14 September 2009

Looks a bit like one of those hideous Mansory incarnations.

Definitely has a touch of the stretch 1 series about it. Interesting interior though.

14 September 2009

Old-man Bugatti must be spinning in his grave. What a crass piece of bling, so obviously intended for the Middle East, Russia, China.... As for the 8 (count 'em) tail-pipes, they'll make the owners the envy of every Saxo-driving Barry Boy! Still, at least if you're driving it you don't have to look at the exterior.

14 September 2009

Oh dear me, I must have woken up either a Barry or a boy this morning. I like the look of this car. If I paid a million euros for a car (yes, I know, but just pretend I'd earn that it less than a lifetime), I'd want it to look a bit ouvre. It's not like the roads will be full of the things.

Now you've got me all worried in case there's a Saxo parked on the street where my car used to be.

14 September 2009

One word: Monstrosity.

14 September 2009

VW building this, Veyron and the Phaeton is like the joke about the dog licking itself: Because it can.

14 September 2009

Shame, they missed a great opportunity to make something really stunning, but ended up with this..! All wrong at the front and in profile & looks horrible as a whole, (what's with the chrome doors) ! Was expecting much better as i'm sure were the (few/many)? people seriously interested in a four door Bugatti. Will be amazed if it makes production as can't see customer reaction being favourable. Still, no accounting for taste..!


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