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Bugatti Chief Talks Of 16C Galibier

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On: Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 3:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Chief Talks Of 16C Galibier

It's been about two years since Bugatti first revealed its completely over-the-top 16C Galibier, essentially a sedan version of the Veyron. Since that time, the company has toyed with us, hinting that it would send the four-seater to production, but never quite coming out and saying it. With Veyron production all but over, and no other successor in sight, we read between the lines and figured that official 16C Galibier confirmation was on the way. And Bugatti isn't disappointing.

Reports based on a conversation between Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Durheimer and German magazine Auto Motor und Sport indicate that Bugatti's next car will indeed be a four-seater. The report is open-ended enough to believe that the new car could be based, either strictly or loosely, on the 16C concept. In addition to having four seats, the car will offer plenty of trunk space.

Like the Veyron, the 16C Galibier will feature a W-16 engine under what hopefully remains a double-winged hood. Output isn't available at this point, but the 16C concept featured a detuned—a two-stage supercharger replaced the quad turbos—version of the Veyron's engine which was good for 800-hp (vs. the Veyron's 1,001). Even more interesting than that big 16-piece is a hybrid model with 25 miles of electric range on tap, which Durheimer says is planned. Even Bugatti is starting to worry about its emissions... just a little.

Everything else remains a mystery, but we hope the new Bugatti will be able to embarrass Rolls Royces and Bentleys by keeping components like the aluminum-carbon body and removable Parmigiani tourbillon clock/watch. The car will definitely embarrass other ultra-premium sedans in performance, assuming it maintains the concept's claim of most powerful sedan in the world.

Rumors point to a fall 2012 release date and a price around $1.5 million. Interestingly, the report states that Bugatti thinks that it can push 1,000 to 1,500 16C models to consumers, which would be quite a jump from the 300 Veyrons it sold.

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dwalter | 9:12AM (Wed, Aug 10, 2011)

ugly. inside and out.


imwithcoco | 10:42AM (Wed, Aug 10, 2011)

Did Michael Bay design the headlights? They look like eyes from a Transformer.


dwalter | 3:10PM (Wed, Aug 10, 2011)

this totally looks like something Michael Bay would drive... after it's featured in his next movie

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