We have been teased with the Bugatti 16 C Galibier sedan for over 2 years now, anxiously anticipating what is said to be the world’s most powerful four door luxury sedan.
Bugatti 16 C Galibier
Still not given the green light for production, the French automaker (yes, French was their origin, not Italy) launched this promotional video, with the most pretentious voiceover I’ve ever heard, a month ago:
Rumored to have been ready for purchase by 2012, Bugatti head Wolfgang Durheimer was reportedly disappointed with the car’s levels of comfort and performance, forcing engineers to go back to the drawing board. Bloomberg is citing two unidentified sources who say the Galibier will actually be launched in 2013 or 2014 with a base price of approximately 1 million euros ($1.42 million USD).
The Galibier concept, first unveiled in 2010 at the Geneva Auto Show, is a five-door hatchback with sleek styling and incredibly luxury laden custom interior. It boasts a supercharged 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine which likely produced between 800 PS (588 kW / 789 hp) and 1,000 PS (735 kW / 986 hp).
Following the footsteps of the Veyron, the Galibier features a W16 engine displacing 8.0L. However, unlike the Veyron’s quad-turbocharger setup, the Galibier uses two-stage supercharging. The results are essentially the same, though, as the Galibier reportedly produces more than 1,000 horsepower.
Bugatti says the car’s exterior is inspired by the torpedo-like Type 35, while also evoking cues from the Type 57.
The Galibier is largely constructed of carbon fiber, but some body panels — such as the doors and fenders — are made of aluminum. The interior, which has room for four, makes use of similarly exotic materials, albeit of a different variety. The cabin is adorned with the highest quality wood and leather, juxtaposed with an ultramodern LCD center console.
Production is expected to run 1,500 units, or about five times as many as the outgoing Veyron.