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Rumor Mill: Bugatti 16 C Galibier Is A Go

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On: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

Rumor Mill: Bugatti 16 C Galibier Is A Go

Well, according to a Bloomberg report, not only has Bugatti decided to build the sedan, it's gotten the blessing from parent company Volkswagen.

Basically a Veyron dressed up in ultra-premium sedan clothing, the Galibier features the Veyron's 8.0-liter W16 engine along with two superchargers. At the time that it introduced the concept, Bugatti called it the "the most exclusive, elegant and powerful four door automobile in the world." With its Veyron-based powertrain, excessively luxurious interior, and likely super-million-dollar price tag, it is certainly without a modern rival in terms of elegance and power. Bugatti never specified the output of the Galibier, but it was said to be somewhere between 800-hp and the 1,000-hp of the Veyron 16.4.

The Bugatti 16 C Galibier has been up in the air for nearly two years. Originally introduced in the summer of 2009, the model looked too production-ready to be a strict concept, but perhaps too over-powered and luxurious to be a real car—that really needs 800 horses in sedan form?? Rumors and reports of the model have followed a similar path, with on again/off again stories about how Bugatti was close to pulling the trigger on a Galibier-based production sedan.

Bloomberg, which used two anonymous sources for its report, speculates that the 16 C Galibier would price in right around the same one-million-euro slot as the all-new Pagani Huayra. That's about $1.4 million for us Americans. According to the story, Volkswagen Okayed the Galibier for production. Bugatti will need to restructure some of its production facilities in order to start building the sedan, and deliveries aren't likely to start before 2013 or 2014.

Within the next seven years, Volkswagen hopes to take over as the world's largest automaker. Many of its brands have been entering into new segments as a result, with Porsche set to offer new models including a crossover and an entry level model and Lamborghini considering a sedan of its own. As the VW Group's lowest volume brand, Bugatti has come under particular pressure to become profitable, and a sedan is one way that it could appeal to a new type of customer.

Earlier this year, a report out of Germany suggested that Bugatti would drop the Veyron and commit to the Galibier, but this week's report doesn't mention the fate of the Veyron.

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