The Bugatti 16C Galibier concept is poised to be given the approval for production by this summer and if all goes well, the four-door Bugatti should go into production around 2013 after production of the Veyron ends in 2012.
Originally, a decision to build the 16C Galibier had been expected this spring, but with Bugatti being the smallest of the Volkswagen Group’s brand it has had to wait its turn for funds.
“It will be made one way or the other,” said one insider. “We”re the smallest VW Group member and there”s a recession on so we”ve not been a priority. But we can expect to announce something by the summer; it looks good, people like it and it wouldn”t be a great financial commitment in the context of the Group.”
There are 300 Galibiers earmarked for production, each carrying a price tag of around $1.4 million.
Refresher: The Bugatti 16 C Galibier was one of the several concepts which the company is considering for a future model. Power comes from a 8.0L 16-cylinder engine that features two-stage supercharging. The engine is flex-fuel compatible, meaning it can run on ethanol. The Bugatti Galibier rides on a four-wheel-drive system and features ceramic brakes and a new suspension design that enables “agile, always-sure handling of a saloon of this size.”
Bugatti 16C Galibier Concept:
– By: Kap Shah