£2m super-luxury, front-engined saloon is hotly tipped to be Bugatti's next production model
29 August 2016

Bugatti is poised to resurrect production plans for a luxury saloon in the mould of its Galibier concept car, which was first shown at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show.

The move is part of a long-term plan to secure the company’s future operations and financial independence in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal that has engulfed its parent company, the VW Group.

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The luxurious new four-seat saloon is one of four model proposals being looked at by Bugatti boss Wolfgang Dürheimer. It is intended to provide stiff competition for the upcoming replacement for the Rolls-Royce Phantom at a price comparable with the French car maker’s new £1.9 million Chiron, which will be delivered to its first customers this autumn.

However, unlike the mid-engined Chiron, the production version of the Galibier is set to hold true to the original concept by using a front-engined layout.

Although it is early days for the new Bugatti model, suggestions from within the VW Group’s engineering circles are that it could be based on a modified version of the Porsche-developed MSB platform — a structure that is set to play a prominent role in the future of its British sister company, Bentley.

Commenting on information obtained by Autocar about the brand’s plans for a second model along the lines of the Galibier, Bugatti boss Wolfgang Dürheimer said:  “At present, I am following up four strategic ideas. The Galibier is one. I can’t talk about the others.”

VW Group officials familiar with the Bugatti plan say the alternatives to the Galibier as a second Bugatti model include a Rolls-Royce Cullinan-rivalling luxury SUV, a highly formal, six-metre-long spiritual successor to the Bugatti Royale with an electric powertrain, and a less expensive supercar model to sit beneath the Chiron.

However, Dürheimer leaves little doubt about his favourite among the four proposals. Commenting on the Galibier, he said: “My heart continues to beat for this car, because we had some revolutionary approaches that no one to date has yet dared to place into production.”

An original go-ahead for the Galibier was given in 2011. However, despite firm plans for a production run of up to 3000 cars over eight years, development of the luxurious four-seater was abandoned in 2013 when Dürheimer moved to Audi. Under his replacement, Wolfgang Schreiber, Bugatti decided to continue down the hypercar route with the Chiron.

On his return to Bugatti in 2015, Dürheimer wasted little time in resurrecting the Galibier.

“I have some technological ideas for the next car, for the Galibier, that I was following up hard when I was at Bugatti the first time,” he said. “I’m always walking around motor shows checking what the luxury field tells me — not only in terms of luxury but also in technology.”

Although all the signs point to the Galibier being the next Bugatti model, there are strong indications that it may not be launched until after the Chiron finishes production.

Dürheimer said: “There is an idea to keep on going [with model expansion], but we don’t need a line-up with multiple model lines. As an engineer, when you execute an idea, you then ask what is the next one.”

Despite the financial drain placed on the VW Group by the on-going diesel emissions scandal, Autocar has been told product strategists at Europe’s largest car maker have demanded that Bugatti establish a self-sustaining long-term business plan beyond the Chiron.

A person familiar with the situation at Bugatti said: “Part of the decision to keep Bugatti within the portfolio of brands overseen by the VW Group was tied to assurances that it would provide a suitable return on investment within its next phase of operation.”

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29 August 2016
Yo- go for it Bugatti!
Milk the goat-herding rag heads for all you can before the black stuff runs out and dont forget the moronic rich with too much money and time on their hands LOL!

29 August 2016
The rich with too much money? You forget that these automobiles give life to people all over the world by giving them employment. The parts that make these cars are made all over the world. One person buys a Bugatti but 1000's have made it happen and they are mostly not rich but people just scraping a living to feed their families. I would also be pleased if you would not make racist remarks as we don't need such behaviour anywhere.

29 August 2016
Providing employment is not in itself a justification for anything. I mean, commercial whaling provides employment, but that doesn't mean it should continue. Other than dubious top speed bragging rights, resurrected Bugatti has done very little to advance the motor car. I can't see the point personally.

29 August 2016
scrap wrote:

Providing employment is not in itself a justification for anything. I mean, commercial whaling provides employment, but that doesn't mean it should continue. Other than dubious top speed bragging rights, resurrected Bugatti has done very little to advance the motor car. I can't see the point personally.

I would say that it repositioned the boundary of what is acceptable as far as cost is concerned. It looked for while as though the F1 would be a bit of a unicorn as far as it's extremely high price when new was concerned but the Veyron changed that and we might not of had the highly developed and highly costly P1, Laf, 918 or even the Huayra if it hadn't have proven that the market was there to sustain them. There is a lot to admire in the engineering of the Veyron as well even if it is for an ultimately pointless reason.

29 August 2016
lambo1 wrote:

Yo- go for it Bugatti!
Milk the goat-herding rag heads for all you can before the black stuff runs out and dont forget the moronic rich with too much money and time on their hands LOL!

I'm all for freedom of speech, but the blatant racism exhibited by this low life should not be tolerated on these pages. We are here to discuss cars whether we love or loathe them, not give Trump/Farage-esc racist hate spreaders a platform on which to showcase their abhorrent views.
This is the 2nd time he has used the term 'rag heads', I'm sure the terms he uses to describe black people will equally offensive.
Lambo1, take your views to a Trump rally where they'll be appreciated.

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29 August 2016
Marv wrote:
lambo1 wrote:

Yo- go for it Bugatti!
Milk the goat-herding rag heads for all you can before the black stuff runs out and dont forget the moronic rich with too much money and time on their hands LOL!

I'm all for freedom of speech, but the blatant racism exhibited by this low life should not be tolerated on these pages. We are here to discuss cars whether we love or loathe them, not give Trump/Farage-esc racist hate spreaders a platform on which to showcase their abhorrent views.
This is the 2nd time he has used the term 'rag heads', I'm sure the terms he uses to describe black people will equally offensive.
Lambo1, take your views to a Trump rally where they'll be appreciated.

I've already contacted Autocar through the contact link at the bottom of the page then the moderation email address. I've never been one for grassing but I'm happy to make an exception where blatant racism and ignorance is concerned. I'm sure if more were to do the same you'd get your wish and this low life would be gone. I'd urge others to read Lambo1's response to being called out as a racist on the following page, it really does sum both them and the problem up.

29 August 2016
How can someone moronic become rich enough to afford a Bugatti? And why would someone in the oil industry who is rich enough to afford a Bugatti herd goats?

29 August 2016
winniethewoo wrote:

How can someone moronic become rich enough to afford a Bugatti? And why would someone in the oil industry who is rich enough to afford a Bugatti herd goats?

Inheritance. Most extremely wealthy people are born into the money. Not many middle class people become billionaires.

29 August 2016
inherited

29 August 2016
just a little dense arent you?

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