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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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DKW 1 March 2010

Re: Bugatti 16 C Galibier concept

I'd hazard a guess it would look very much better without the chrome sides, specially in that dark blue.

Though no doubt a lot of customers from emerging countries and Bradford will still be able to find some face palmingly dodgy colours.


or finally:

Actually the orange one isn't that bad ...

Peter Cavellini 20 September 2009

Re: Bugatti 16 C Galibier concept

Back to the same hymn sheet at last, we're all glad, yes if you really screw your eyes up i can see what you mean, but if you read some of their other statements it appears that Bugatti have no ideas at the moment and as an off the cuff remark possibly with a bit of tease in it , their looking at building a saloon which will be alot cheaper! yeah, try£400K! THAT'S HOUSE CHEAP!!!

voyager12 20 September 2009

Re: Bugatti 16 C Galibier concept

Hate its predictable looks and design... like a Panamera with some add-ons to give it that exclusive luxury appeal. Should've been designed by some inspired Italian to begin with, not conceived by a maketing dept. that is looking for a successor to the Veyron.