Concept previews super-saloon set to go on sale in 2013, priced from around £900,000
18 March 2010

Bugatti has released new pictures of its 16 C Galibier, a concept that heralds the introduction of a new high-performance saloon due to go on sale in 2013 with 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 at the car's launch last year.

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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 hypercar.

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

Bugatti’s sales director Alasdair Stewart previously told Autocar that the decision to put the Galibier into production would be taken in the spring after the concept car has toured the world to be put in front of prospective customers. It was most recently on display at the Geneva motor show.

If it does see the light of day, Stewart expects up to 300 to be made at the company’s Molsheim HQ.

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16 March 2010

An exercise in poor taste

16 March 2010

So the next Bugatti is going to be a Porsche Panamera then, heh?

16 March 2010

I like it, actually. Refreshingly different, and a much cleaner looking car than the ugliness/fussiness/awkwardness/trying-too-hardness of the Panamera, Rapide, S-Class, Maybach, XJ, etc.

Bring it on.

16 March 2010

Still forcing that horseshoe grill. too much '30s. still, not bad.

Anonymous

16 March 2010

I saw this car in the metal last year at the unveiling and although it's undoubtedly enormous - it's also far more tasteful than the photos suggest. It's also more in keeping with Bugatti's history than the Veyron I would suggest too.

16 March 2010

[quote go_coop]An exercise in poor taste[/quote]

+1

16 March 2010

Probably the best looking Bug of the modern era - although that is not saying too much.

16 March 2010

[quote disco.stu]

I like it, actually. Refreshingly different, and a much cleaner looking car than the ugliness/fussiness/awkwardness/trying-too-hardness of the Panamera, Rapide, S-Class, Maybach, XJ, etc.

Bring it on.

[/quote]

+1


16 March 2010

Looks to me like Bang & Olufsen meets Volvo.

16 March 2010

[quote jj johnson]Still forcing that horseshoe grill. too much '30s.[/quote]

Agreed, I hate the facination with corporate grilles. The side-opening bonnet is a bit naff as well and don't get me started on the chavtastic exhausts. Poor taste indeed.

Interior looks a really satisfying place to be although the centre mounted dials do remind me of an early mini. What a parrallel!

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