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Bugatti 16 C Galibier, Assorted French Eye Candy

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On: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 4:03PM | By: John Welch

Bugatti 16 C Galibier, Assorted French Eye Candy

Diamond-studded wallets are running for cover. The Bugatti will end production of the Veyron, what amounts to a $1.6 million dollar Volkswagen (and you thought the Pheaton was ludicrous?!) in the spring of 2012. That leaves a pretty big gap in Bugatti's product portfolio, . . like, the entire product portfolio. What will they do to rid those sparkling 'gator-skinned wallets of all of that messy cash? And how exactly did they get into the business of building and selling The Ritz-On-Wheels? . . . laisse découvrir

Here is some lovely French Weirdness for you . . .

The Bugatti 16 C Galibier (no clue how to pronounce that, sorry) is one impressive hunk of aluminum and extruded steel. More custom yacht than road car, the 16 C Galibier is the transit appliance for Oil Barons and Shipping Magnates, if Bugatti's German overlords decide to build it. Which will not be too difficult according to the French manufacturers marketing department. Bugatti says it needs only 300 or 400 orders to justify the cost of tooling up to produce the Galibier. Ahem, the 16 C Galibier.

Particulars? The 16 C Galibier features four doors, 16 cylinders, arranged in the now familiar 'W' format. In a departure from the Veyron's engine layout, the Galibier will be supercharged instead of turbocharged, two compressors in place of four. This leads to less power, 800ish bhp as opposed to 1000ish bhp; but more low down torque to get the larger Galibier moving off the line. The 8.0-liter beast is quite the motivator, the speedometer reading 390 km/h (242 mph). If the car achieves these lofty numbers, it will be the fastest houseboat in the world. 285/35 Z-rated tires wrapped around 22-inch rims keep the Galibier glued to the tarmac. Heady stuff, for a heady price. The 16 C Galibier is expected to run about $1.6 million dollars, a whole load of money for a four-place sedan and eight tailpipes. It's a helluvah lot better then a new Maybach, which can be optioned to the stratosphere, and by 'stratosphere' I mean right around $1.6 million dollars.

Source: Car and Driver

Where does Bugatti get off thinking they can build and sell cars like this? 109 years of history (with some empty spaces, like all of the sixties, seventies, and eighties) and a resume of some of the finest bespoke road and racing cars says Bugatti can do whatever it pleases. German ownership in the form of the Volkswagen group doesn't hurt. Over the years these cars have been made in such small numbers that they are some of the rarest well-known vehicles on the planet. Bugatti would like you to get to know their automobiles a little better. To this end they have assembled images of every car they've ever produced and presented them along with the obligatory statistics all on one website; elderly friendly in its simplicity. This page covers every Bugatti, from the Type 2, madwe in 1900, to the mystical EB 110, from the early nineties. Moving from this page, you can build your own Veyron using the model 'Configurator' (I swear 'configurator' a word only in 'Bizarro-CarMarketingFluff-Land') and investigate other facets of Bugatti's history. It'll waste a good twenty minutes of that oh-so-productive 'workday' and maybe motivate you to accumulate the wealth necessary to purchase a two million dollar cod-piece.

Source: Bugatti

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