The "on-again, off-again" state of the Bugatti Galibier has changed more times in recent years than Taylor Swift’s relationship status on Facebook.
It’s a pity because the Galibier was actually a pretty tantalizing super sedan that complemented the more performance-oriented Veyron supercar nicely.
But after years of waffling on its future, Bugatti’s current CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer may have finally put the final nail on the Galibier’s coffin.
Speaking to Motor Trend, Dürheimer bared his thoughts on the future of the Galibier and apparently, the super sedan doesn’t have much of a future anymore, at least as far as a production model is concerned. The new Bugatti CEO, who was actually the engineering brains behind the Veyron, expressed concern regarding the company’s capability in supporting two expensive models. The business case to handle two expensive models doesn’t add up given Bugatti’s current setup, and with the Veyron expected to receive a long-overdue replacement, something had to be sacrificed.
And that something appears to be the Galibier.
We don’t like it any more than a lot of people do, but you know what they say, "business is business".
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All we’ve heard about the Bugatti Galibier so far has been concept details and speculation, but things are about to turn around for all the fans wishing the company would take the next big step. Volkswagen has offered Bugatti the backing they need for a 16C Galibier sedan.
Apparently, Wolfgang Duerheimer, the man who recently took over as head of Bugatti and Bentley, was the main proponent behind pushing Volkswagen to give them a break. The Galibier , a 1000 HP sedan, was first shown as a concept in 2010 and when put into production, will cost about $1.4 million. It will use a 16-cylinder engine that can run on both biofuel and gasoline, and will bring back the dual-clutch gearbox. Production will require facilities in Molsheim, France, to be refitted, which may push back deliveries until 2013 or 2014.
The official name for the production model hasn’t been provided yet, but Bugatti’s decision to offer a production version sedan should come as no surprise considering Lamborghini has already confirmed the production version of the Estoque and Ferrari has brought out the FF . These competitors by no means come close to the power behind the Bugatti, but they do illustrate the luxury automakers that are taking advantage of the upswing the economy is making by expanding their lineups.
UPDATE 08/20/2012: According to AutoBlog.it, the Bugatti is scheduled to hit the market sometime in late 2014, early 2015, and will be dishing out over 1,000 HP. According to the site, Wolfgang Dürheimer, CEO of Bugatti, has said that the Galibier will also have a top speed over 378 km/h (235 mph) and will be "faster than anything currently on the market." This power will come from a 8.0-W 16-liter Flex Fuel engine with an eight ducts titanium exhaust system, but Dürheimer stated that the company’s focus is on power more-so than the car’s hybrid capabilities. All that means is that we are still not 100% sure that this thing will be a hybrid.
Hit the jump for a full list of rumors regarding the Bugatti 16C Galibier.
Until recently, all we knew about Bugatti ’s line-up for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show was the special edition Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse , but a shot taken of Bugatti’s stand has revealed that the company will also be unveiling a new four-door sedan model.
At this point, we’re unsure whether this will be a production version or just a concept, but we’re leaning more towards a concept version of the Veyron replacement, what used to be called the Galibier . With stricter emissions regulations on the horizon and an uninspiring design, the Galibier had to undergo some extreme modifications to make the mark. With all of those changes, a new concept seems to be in order.
Bugatti’s future sports sedan is rumored to use a new platform borrowed from the Audi A8 . It is also believed to be powered by either a V12 or a V10 engine - a decision made in order to reduce both consumption and CO2 emissions.
Set to go into production in 2014, the new Bugatti sedan will more than likely be limited to 300 units and have a price tag similar to the Veyron. Of course, this is all dependent on whether or not the sedan hidden under that sheet is the replacement for the Veyron, in any kind of form. We’ll find out if we are right when the covers get ripped off tomorrow at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show!
Bugatti has already built the last model of the 300 Veyron units planned, but they have been keeping themselves busy preparing and revising the future production version of the 16C Galibier concept unveiled last year.
Named after a famous Alpine pass featured in the Tour de France, the Galibier will be one of the most powerful luxury sedans currently available on the market. It is rumored that the engine will be powered by a detuned version of the 16-cylinder engine used in the Veyron. Expect to see at least 800 HP for the new sports sedan, just enough to sprint the hyper-sedan to an impressive top speed of 217 mph. The sedan will also be equipped with an all-wheel-drive system, an advanced reactive suspension, and carbon-ceramic disc brakes.
The production version Galibier is expected to debut in 2013 and just like the Veyron, it will come with a huge price tag of somewhere around $1.5 million.
All the hype surrounding Bugatti ’s Veyron successor - the Galibier - is being put on the shelf for the foreseeable future. This latest development from the Bugatti camp comes as a serious blow to the supercar maker after plans were already in place to have the Galibier begin production in the coming weeks.
But ever since the company decided to hold back the release of the Galibier because "it wasn’t outrageous enough", the wheels have completely fallen off of the the Bugatti luxury supercar.
Apart from the expected performance enhancements on the Galibier, Bugatti has also decided to completely redesign the concept to make it more stylish and comfortable. The company has modified the rear end of the 5.36 meter long vehicle and have allowed for better accessibility via the rear doors, as well as more room in the rear seating area.
So what’s the latest surrounding the Galibier? Well, according to Auto Motor und Sport, production of the car has been delayed until 2015 at the earliest. According to Bugatti’s Chief Executive, Wolfgang Durheimer, the vehicle is still missing the release of the Group Board. The three-year delay behind the Galibier’s production is mighty significant, especially since the Veyron is on its last legs. Let’s just hope that Bugatti has something up their sleeves to expedite the car’s release.
Bugatti should have known better than to let loose a supercar sedan concept without a concrete plan as to its production. Ever since the Bugatti Galibier Concept was unveiled in 2010, auto journalists the world over have been speculating on the vehicle’s production form and quite possibly rushing the French car manufacturer into releasing details a little ahead than necessary. Then again, who are we kidding? The more publicity, the better, right? So let’s give them some more.
Coming out of a rumor that the Galibier is dealing with a little setback in its release date of Fall 2012 because of the vehicle not being "outrageous enough," Bugatti CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, has now confirmed that the production Galibier is "in its second half of the design phase," but will be significantly altered from the concept car originally displayed.
"I will suggest we continue development, but there will be some remarkable changes from the original concept," said Durheimer. "The design will be different, especially from the B-pillar back, the ingress and regress to the rear seats will be improved, as will the legroom and ergonomics, the car will be a little longer, and the power of the engine will be at least four figures."
The decision to change up the car’s design comes from customer clinic held by the company and approved by Durheimer. “Half of Veyron owners have been in the car already,” he said. “You will still recognize the design from the concept, but now this is a design I can be 100% behind.” The new design will combine elements from the Veyron and the classic Atlantic coupe.
The production Bugatti Galibier - name still not confirmed - will be unveiled by 2013 and will be priced at 1.5 million Euros, or about $2.3 million at the current rates.
Trouble might be brewing within Bugatti with reports stating that the company might hold off on the production of the Galibier . Apparently, the brand’s head honchos are experiencing some trepidation over the vehicle not being powerful enough.
Clearly, 800 horsepower for a luxury sedan is a staggering output, but for the standards of Bugatti, it is, in the words of company CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, "not outrageous enough."
The word comes from a source who talked to Inside Line, claiming that despite being the "most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four door automobile in the world," the Galibier is still falling short of the lofty expectations Bugatti has set for itself. The fear, at least according to the source, appears to be that the Galibier is still not the "conversation stopper" the Veyron was when it first came out.
According to the source, Bugatti wants to close the door on all of its competitors when their Galibier enters the market. "In his opinion, there should not even be a question about the best car in the world when you sit down to discuss it with your billionaire buddies," the source said.
"He doesn’t want to build it until it’s the car that finishes the argument, not the car that starts it."
For now, the plans are to hold off production of the Galibier for a later date, or at least until Bugatti figures out a way to improve on the luxury sedan’s performance capabilities. When that will be is still anyone’s guess. But at least Bugatti’s trying to nip the problem in the bud before the Galibier gets exposed.
The ever changing timeline regarding the release of the Bugatti Galibier has changed again to an earlier date. In a recent interview conducted by Auto Motor und Sport with Bugatti President and VEO Wolfgang Durheimer, the latter has confirmed that the new Bugatti flagship will be scheduled to go on sale in the fall of 2012.
This latest timeline is much closer to previous rumors that have been widely reported in the past, including one that pegged a production date of sometime in 2013. Full details behind the car - it’s tentatively called the Galibier , although it’s reported to be designated as the ’Royale’ - are still being withheld, but you can expect it to be as powerful as any four-door luxury sedan the market has ever seen.
“The car has a much higher value that the Veyron, with lot of trunk volume and a four-seat plus one configuration," Durheimer said. "We are taking into consideration various scenarios, from 500, to even 1,000 or 1,500 units produced."
The Galibier is expected to take the reigns from the Veyron as the latter ends its production in the tail end of 2012. Though not as powerful as the mighty supercar, the Galibier is still no slouch by any measure with a rumored output of 850 horsepower. That much performance will most definitely cost more than just an arm-and-a-leg and it’s looking to fetch a price tag in the vicinity of $1.5 million.
Anybody who’s interested in the Galibier will have at least a year to save up and break the bank. It won’t be cheap, so it might be best to start as early as you can, right?
A leaked document about Bugatti ’s future product planning revealed some very interesting facts about the company’s plans for the year. We already know that the final unit of the Veyron will be produced in December, but what we didn’t know was that the Galibier will be put into production as the Royale. That is, unless Bugatti is looking to unveil a entirely new supercar which we doubt. Look for the new Royale to be debuted in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Bugatti’s first Royale was launched back in 1927 and was the automotive answer to ultimate luxury. The large luxury car was originally powered by a 12.7-liter straight-eight, but the modern reincarnation will carry the same W16 engine found in the Veyron , linked to an electric motor, and reduced to about 850 HP. This engine will be mated to a dual-clutch gearbox.
Only six units were built of the original Royale during 1927-1933, even though 25 were planned. For the next installment of the luxury vehicle, Bugatti plans on selling 3,000 units in less than six years, each priced at about 1 million Euros ($1.4 million at the current rates).
The maker that has brought us the famous record-breaking Veyron supercar is about to bite the hand that feeds them by ending its production. Instead, Bugatti plans on spending their time building luxury sedans. Right now, the child in us is blowing raspberries at the French company.
The new Bugatti luxury sedan is expected to debut sometime in 2014, but not much else is known about the model. Now, thanks to the German publication, Spiegel, we have just a couple of more details to share.
Now that Audi and Porsche are responsible for all the luxury models in the Volkswagen Group, the future Bugatti sedan will end up being built on the same platform as the Audi A8 . Being a Bugatti model, it will be limited to only 300 units and will carry a price tag similar to the Veyron, meaning that only few of us will have the chance to actually drive one.
The sedan model will feature design elements from the Bugatti’s latest concept, the 16 C Galibier . 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.