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Bugatti's Bouts with Nostalgia Could Bring Back the Royale Nameplate

Bugatti’s Bouts with Nostalgia Could Bring Back the Royale Nameplate

That all-electric daily driver Stephan Winkelmann was talking about could revive one of the company’s most iconic nameplates

Barely a week after Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed plans of an all-electric Bugatti, a new report has shed more light on those plans, and it could involve the revival of one of Bugatti’s most famous nameplates. The new report comes courtesy of CAR Magazine, and it talks about Bugatti expanding its model portfolio with an electric limousine that could revive the Bugatti Royale nameplate. If this is what Winkelmann means by a daily driver, then color us intrigued. The model isn’t expected to arrive until 2023, so that gives Bugatti enough time to develop the model and make sure that it lives up to the stature of its own name. Knowing Bugatti, it’s going to have no problems doing just that.

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Bugatti's Next New Model Could Be an All-Electric Daily Driver

Bugatti’s Next New Model Could Be an All-Electric Daily Driver

Bugatti introduced a concept earlier this decade that fits into what we think this model could turn into

Hot on the heels of unveiling the world’s most expensive new car, Bugatti is already looking towards its next project, and it might not be what most people expect. A new hypercar is seen as the default answer to any queries about a new Bugatti, but this proposed model doesn’t fall under that classification. Instead of a hypercar, Bugatti is looking to introduce a second and far more affordable model to its lineup, one that is characterized as a best-in-segment daily driver. More importantly, it’s an electric vehicle. There’s still no timetable for this proposed model, in large part because Bugatti’s big wigs have yet to make a decision on the car. If it does get the green light, don’t expect this Bugatti to feature Chiron-level power. It’s still going to be fast and powerful, but it will also put premium importance on luxury and comfort. Could this be the time that we finally see Bugatti dust off the Galibier name and bring it to life?

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2020 Bugatti Galibier

2020 Bugatti Galibier

The company’s first sedan in more than 60 years is almost here!

The Bugatti 16C Galibier came to life in 2009 as a concept car. Developed as a successor of the EB 218 from 1999, which followed the EB 112 of 1993, the Galibier’s design was based on the Veyron supercar, while the engine was a significantly modified version of the 8.0-liter W-16. Originally slated for production as a modern Royale, the Galibier was eventually cancelled in 2013. Although there’s no official reason for that, it’s believed that the French firm wanted to focus on a Veyron successor, which was launched in 2016 as the Chiron. Word has it that the Galibier project is now back on Bugatti’s table, so we created a brand-new rendering to go with a speculative review.

If you’ve been following the media on the Galibier matter, the project has gone up and down numerous times. Each report that it was considered for production was followed by another one that Bugatti won’t do it weeks or months later. There still isn’t an official statement, so it’s pretty much a mystery. But it’s safe to assume that Bugatti will do it at some point, mainly because it will sell like hotcakes no matter the sticker. Declining the opportunity to make a profit with an ultra-fast and ultra-luxurious sedan would be pure madness. And, Bugatti may be mad, but in a different way. So yeah, I think that the Galibier will arrive in a few years - maybe even sooner than 2020.

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Bugatti Now Considering Building The Galibier

Bugatti Now Considering Building The Galibier

Don’t expect to see it anytime soon, or at least until the Chiron is around

Every automaker has its unicorn; the car that is always rumored to get built but for one reason or another never seems to happen. For Bugatti, that car is the Galibier, the super luxurious and super powerful 1,000-horsepower sedan that the French automaker unveiled in 2009. Over the following seven years, decision-makers at Bugatti have waffled over the production of the Galibier about as often as a Spider-Man movie reboot. It’s going to be built one day and going to be shelved the next. However, it appears that Bugatti is finally considering the Galibier as a production model again, albeit with a catch. It’s one of four different alternatives that the company is looking at to replace the yet-to-arrive Bugatti Chiron.

Word from Car and Driver has it that Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer is weighing the possibility of bringing the Galibier to the market. It’s a long-overdue development for the 2009 concept, which was initially billed as one of front-runners to eventually replace the Bugatti Veyron. We all know that didn’t happen since the Chiron has taken that mantle, but it appears that not all hope is lost with regards to the possibility of the Galibier transitioning into production form.

But don’t get excited just yet. Dürheimer says it’s just one of four alternatives, which means that there are three more that the company is considering. No details have been revealed on what these three “alternatives” are, but knowing how Bugatti operates, it’s going to be absurdly fast and powerful beyond compare. Could it be a more track-focused version of both the Veyron or the Chiron? Maybe it’s an all-powerful hybrid, something a lot of people initially thought the Chiron would come in.

It’s still too early to tell at this point. Even if Bugatti does choose the route of the Galibier, don’t expect to see it for a long time, or at least until the Chiron’s production run ends. Remember, the Bugatti Veyron and all it’s forms and variants lasted 10 years in the market. If the Chiron has a similar lifespan, the successor wouldn’t arrive until 2026.

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The Art Of Bugatti Exhibit Coming to The Mullin Automotive Museum in Spring 2014

The Art Of Bugatti Exhibit Coming to The Mullin Automotive Museum in Spring 2014

The Bugatti name has long been associated with style and performance in the realms of automotive excellence, but few are aware of impact the Bugatti name made in the worlds of art and craftsmanship.

The Bugatti family began a legacy for themselves in the late 1800s that continued through many generations and lasts even still. The Mullin Automotive Museum, an institution devoted to showcasing French art and automobiles from the Art Deco era, has announced The Art of Bugatti exhibition that starts in the spring of 2014.

The museum is located roughly an hour north of Los Angeles in Oxnard, California, and it will play host to the Bugatti family collection of oil paintings, bronze sculptures, intricate furniture and, of course, some of Bugatti’s most famous cars, including the current Veyron.

Besides the Veyron, the exhibition will also host the early Brescia racecar, the race-winning Types 35s, 37, and 51; Jean Bugatti’s Type 64 Papillon and Atlantic Coupé; Types 57 Aravis and Atalante, and the Type 41 Bugatti Royale. Even more impressive is perhaps one of Bugatti’s earliest four-wheeled creations, a horse-drawn cart, complete with the iconic Bugatti logo branded on its side.

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1931 Voisin C20 MyLord Demi-Berline

1931 Voisin C20 MyLord Demi-Berline

Meet "the most important car."

We’ve covered our fair share of rare and historic classic cars here at TopSpeed, but this 1931 Voisin C20 MyLord takes the cake. Its level of beauty and class is only overshadowed by its rarity and appraised value. It is truly a gorgeous thing to behold.

Powered by an innovative sleeve-valve V-12 engine riding on an underslung chassis, the two-door coupe was built in France by automotive and aeronautics pioneer Gabriel Voisin who was more well-known for his achievements in the air than on the road. He did, however, start Avions Voisin, one of the world’s most prestigious automotive brands of the day.

The one-off MyLord was only a concept vehicle and never saw full production, making this example the only one in existence. It was treated to a full restoration before heading to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance auction block in 2010. One fortunate bidder took home the MyLord, leaving a $2,750,000 check in its place.

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Bugatti Galibier Gets the Axe from New Bugatti CEO

Bugatti Galibier Gets the Axe from New Bugatti CEO

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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Wolfgang Durheimer to leave Bentley and Bugatti for new role at Audi

Wolfgang Durheimer to leave Bentley and Bugatti for new role at Audi

One could argue that Wolfgang Durheimer has the best job in the world as he runs two of the most prestigious and recognizable car companies in the world; Bentley and Bugatti. As we’re sure you know, both of these companies fall under the Volkswagen brand, but if Automotive News Europe is to be believed, changes are afoot within the mega-company.

Prior to being in charge of Bugatti and Bentley, Durheimer was Porsche’s development chief, and ANE believes that in a re-shuffle of Audi’s management board to reduce the age of its seven-board members, Durheimer will leave his current positions and take up the role as Audi’s development chief. He is said to be superseding Michael Dick, aged 60, in the role.

A selection of other positions throughout the Audi brand are expected to be replaced also, such as the brand’s sales chief and purchasing managers to again reduce the average age of the firm’s management board.

We’re not sure as to why Audi and Volkswagen are so keen to have young board members, as employees should be solely chosen on their abilities rather than their ages, but it’s likely Audi believes some of its current board members are losing their grasp on the ever-changing automotive industry, and perhaps believes bringing some youth to the team will help.

In saying that however, the new members aren’t exactly youthful as Durheimer is 53 and will be replacing a man just 7 years his senior, while Luca de Meo is 44 and expected to replace Audi’s sales chief, 60-year-old Peter Schwartzenbauer. As a result of this switch-up, the position as CEO of Bentley and Bugatti will be up for grabs but it’s unclear who’ll be promoted to that position in the near future.

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What's under the sheet? Bugatti to unveil new sedan in Geneva

What’s under the sheet? Bugatti to unveil new sedan in Geneva

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!

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Rendering: 2013 Bugatti Galibier

Rendering: 2013 Bugatti Galibier

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.

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Bugatti pushes back production of Galibier to 2015

Bugatti pushes back production of Galibier to 2015

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.

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Production Bugatti Galibier will be "significantly altered"

Production Bugatti Galibier will be "significantly altered"

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," BugattiCEO, 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.

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Bugatti holds production of Galibier because it's still not a "conversation stopper"

Bugatti holds production of Galibier because it’s still not a "conversation stopper"

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.

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Bugatti targeting sales date of Galibier for late 2012

Bugatti targeting sales date of Galibier for late 2012

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?

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Bugatti Galibier will go into production as the Royale

Bugatti Galibier will go into production as the Royale

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).

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Bugatti's future sedan to be built on Audi A8 platform

Bugatti’s future sedan to be built on Audi A8 platform

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.

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Bugatti 16 C Galibier goes into production in 2013

Bugatti 16 C Galibier goes into production in 2013

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).

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2010 Bugatti 16 C Galibier

2010 Bugatti 16 C Galibier

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.

Press release after the jump.

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