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.
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.