Believe it or not, Bugatti’s successor to the vaunted Veyron supercar will be less powerful than its predecessor. That’s the word coming out of the Volkswagen’s exotic auto brand after Bugatti has made it clear that it wants a different direction for the 16C Galibier four-seater sedan: less power, more luxury.
The 16C Galibier, which was made entirely from carbon fiber and aluminum, is expected to go on sale sometime in 2013 where only 300 models will be built. The four-seater sedan will come with the same 8.0-liter W16 engine that powers the Veyron with the big difference being that unlike the latter, which employed turbochargers, the 16C Galibier will ‘only’ come with superchargers that will produce somewhere around 800 horsepower.
We’re not sure how 800 horsepower qualifies as ‘less powerful’, but given that the Veyron was once the fastest production car on the planet, we’re going to take their word for it – ridiculous as it sounds.
The Bugatti 16C Galibier - yeah, the same concept that we saw in Geneva earlier this year - was spotted out and about and getting some sun recently in Molsheim, France, leading to more speculation that the car may be further along in the production pipeline than we thought.
We don’t know for certain what the 16C Galibier is doing outside Bugatti headquarters at this time since the rumored launch for the super-duper luxury car isn’t scheduled for at least a few more years - possibly in 2013 - when the brand’s current top dog, the Bugatti Veyron , is eventually phased out. If we can speculate, though, it looks like the 16C Galibier is currently being shown out on private shows to the interested - and obscenely rich - customers who may want a piece of the pie if and when it’s released.
According to Bugatti, feedback for the 16C Galibier has been overwhelmingly positive saying that the 16C Galibier is "the most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four-door automobile in the world."
With a twin-supercharged 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine with 800 PS to 1,000 PS, it’s hard not to argue that assumption, but similar to the Veyron, the 16C Galibier is likewise expected to come with a pretty hefty price tag which, according to Bugatti, could be up to $1.31 million.
It’s not a secret that Bugatti plans a four-door super sedan and as you might have expected, it will be inspired by the new 16C Galibier Concept. According to AutoCar, the production version of this vehicle will begin in 2013 after the production of the Veyron ends in 2012.
The sedan’s design will be inspired by the Veyron and by the classic Bugatti Type 35. It will be made from a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber to ensure fulfillment of Bugatti’s main target; to develop the lightest car in its class.
Under the hood there will be the same W16 engine as in the Veyron supercar, but the output will only be 800 hp.
The Galibier will be limited to only 300 units and will carry a price tag of £900,000 ($1,350,000 at the current rates).
This past March at the Geneva Motor Show, the Swedish super car company Keonigsegg revealed the NLV Quant electric sedan . Well now it is the exotic Italian coachbuilder Bugatti’s turn, and Ettore’s original brand has done quite an impressive job on the all new Bugatti 16 C Galibier concept that was unveiled this past weekend in Molsheim. According to the automaker the upcoming super car will become "the most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four door automobile in the world."
The Galibier’s design is based on the Bugatti Type 35, a model that also inspired the 1001 HP Bugatti Veyron super car. The 16 C concept features the traditional Bugatti radiator complimented by big round LED lit headlamps and the clamshell running the length of the vehicle which became synonymous with the brand identity under Jean Bugatti in the Type 57.
Under the bonnet, the 16 C concept can stand up to the almighty Veyron, becasue Bugatti has placed a 8.0 Liter 16 cylinder engine boosted with a two stage supercharging system, that features an ethanol mode. The Galiber was designed with smooth lines that will allow it to slipstream past the competition should it ever go into production. The concept also features a four wheel drive, a purpose built performance suspension and very exotic ceramic brakes to ensure that the 16 C Galiber can handle the speeds the pair of blowers up front are going to generate.
The interior of the 16 C Galiber concept reflects the pure and simple design of the exterior, because after all there is something beautiful about being basic. The dash been reduced to include only the essential. Two centrally located dials keep even the rear passengers up to speed about the details of their experience. There is even an Aston Martin rivaling timepiece that has been integrated into the super car concept. Parmigiani, the Swiss maker of fine watches, created the removable Reverso Tourbillon clock for the Galibier, which may be worn on the wrist thanks to a cleverly designed leather strap.
Updated 03/10/2010: Bugatti has revealed a new image gallery of the 16C Galibier. Check the gallery to see them all.
In an effort to prevent other manufacturers – and a few ambitious clone-makers – to make any copycat versions of the Bugatti 16C Galibier concept, the Volkswagen Group has decided to file trademark patents of the concept car at the World Intellectual Property Organization.
We’ve all seen from our experiences in the past how a luxury car ends up being cloned by rather cheap copycats and, each and every time, the resulting product completely butchers the original template of the model.
And that’s not even considering that most of these ‘cheap alternatives’ can do this because of a lack of trademarks from the original designers. With the Bugatti 16C Galibier, however, Volkswagen is making sure to cover all of its bases. The car, while still a concept and has not yet been officially approved for the production line, is nonetheless expected to succeed the Veyron when it ceases production in 2012.
Powered by a 16-cylinder, 8.0-liter flex-fuel engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission that channels power through all four wheels, the 16C Galibier is expected to reach around 800 horsepower, a drop-off from the 1001 horsepower the Veyron is capable of. We’re glad that Volkswagen Groups finally decided to have its design trademarked. We’ve had enough of those abhorrently horrendous cheap clones popping up from all corners of the world to last us multiple lifetimes.
Bugatti revealed the first promotional video of the 16C Galibier sedan unveiled in September, a first preview of a future sedan, that according to the company will become "the most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four door automobile in the world."
The Galibier’s design is based on the Bugatti Type 35, a model that also inspired the 1001 HP Bugatti Veyron super car. The concept is powered by a 8.0 Liter 16 cylinder engine boosted with a two stage supercharging system.
The Bugatti 16C Galibier will make its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.