Bugatti Galibier Gets the Axe from New Bugatti CEO

2010 Bugatti 16 C Galibier
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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".

Click past the jump to read about the Bugatti Galibier

2010 Bugatti Galibier

2010 Bugatti 16 C Galibier
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The Bugatti Galibier was supposed to be the company’s entry to the uber-luxurious car segment that includes, well, no one.

Even with something like Rolls-Royce Phantom in the fold, the Galibier was supposed to smack that luxury car with an exterior and interior design that oozed premium luxury and a 8.0-liter W-16 Flex Fuel engine with an eight-duct titanium exhaust system that produced in excess of 1,000 horsepower with a top speed of 235 mph.

The Galibier was also expected to retail for around $1.4 million.

Source: Motor Trend

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