But decision doesn't mean car will make production
24 December 2009

The Bugatti 16 C Galibier concept car design has been patented at the World Intellectual Property Organization.

However, the patent is for the concept car, suggesting that the move is merely to protect the design from being copied, rather than an indication that the car has been given the go-ahead.

See the Bugatti Galibier 16C patent drawings and concept car

Bugatti’s sales director Alisdair Stewart told Autocar at the concept's launch 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 from 2013, costing 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.

Bugatti 'could make new Veyron'

"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.

Bugatti concept plans revealed

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.

Chas Hallett blog - First-hand impressions of the Bugatti Galibier

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.

Chas Hallett

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24 December 2009

It looks like a design registration, not a patent.

Design registration covers the general shape, where as specific novel or inventive features would be necessary for a patent application.

24 December 2009

"The clock has been manufactured by Swiss maker Parmigiani and is removeable, so it can be fixed on a specially designed wristwatch for customers."
And here's a photo of it. Very stylish. http://big-market.jp/image/MR2129a.jpg

24 December 2009

To further the comments of Wilkodesign, it is Design Right that would be applied to the design of the car. The design would not be patented. Design Right doesn't even need to be registered as it automatically comes into existence when the design is created.

Applying for a patent for a design, is like applying for a patent for yesterday - you can apply but it won't be granted because it simply isn't patentable.

I guess it's just another story shoved out by the Bugatti PR machine and eagerly printed without a moment's hesitation or verification.

24 December 2009

Looks a little like the ilegitimate child of a Porche Panamera and a Jaguar S Type. Ugly.

24 December 2009

Do you get a big box of ferrero rocher chocs with every purchase?

If not, why not?

24 December 2009

Is it an Audi?

24 December 2009

God thats bloody ugly. Has the automotive world at VAG/Porsche forgotten that beauty sells cars, hence the reason that Aston are doing rather well at the moment, I cant remember the last genuinely great looking car was produced by them.

24 December 2009

I quite like the car , although engine access looks poor.

If it is so wonderfully light , why does it need to be the most powerful four-door in the history of the world ? The whole point of lightness is that you need less power to go quickly.

24 December 2009

Agreed - and is there vague whiff of Audi A6 about the bonnet / front?

I suspect for the purchase price you could have a nice Lamborghini Muira, which still looks lovely, has, and will always have 1000x more presence than this?

25 December 2009

[quote Uncle Mellow]I quite like the car , although engine access looks poor.[/quote] Does it matter, the people who are going to buy this monstrosity will probably never get their hands dirty underneath the bonnet anyway, and even if they do lift it there isnt exactly much you could do under there anyway.

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