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Bugatti Galibier Pressing Ahead With 1,000 + HP And Bigger Interior

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On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Galibier Pressing Ahead With 1,000 + HP And Bigger Interior

When it debuted in 2009, the Bugatti 16C Galibier was an unlikely marriage of ultra-premium sedan and 800-hp supercar. The concept was basically a stretched out, slightly detuned Veyron with an interior expensive enough to make a multi-billionaire blush. Such an odd car was bound to polarize auto fans, and, from the opinions that I've read, that's exactly what happened. Some were enamored with the polished aluminum-and-carbon theme, winged engine bay, and incomparably luxurious interior. Others saw an eyesore excessive and unattractive enough to bring back a serious debate on socialist reform.

Well, today we have some equally divisive news: Bugatti is still pursuing Galibier development, but plans some significant changes as it moves from concept to production.

Earlier this month, an Edmunds report said the Galibier had been put on hold due to CEO Wolfgang Durheimer's displeasure with a few elements of the concept. Specifically, Durheimer was reportedly unsatisfied with the Galibier's 800-hp output and interior. Durheimer felt that 800-hp wasn't enough for the Galibier to make the definitive statement that it is the most powerful, exclusive sedan in the world. As to the interior, he felt that it should be roomier.

In the past, Durheimer opined that future Bugattis should all have 1,000 or more horsepower, so it was looking pretty obvious what direction the Galibier was going in. According to a new Autocar report, Bugatti will indeed tune its super-sedan to upwards of 1,000-hp.

Durheimer told the British publication: "...there will be some remarkable changes from the original concept. The design will be different, especially from the B-pillar back, the ingress and regress to the rear seats will be improved, as will the legroom and ergonomics, the car will be a little longer, and the power of the engine will be at least four figures."

In other words, Durheimer spoke; Bugatti engineers acted.

Since the 16C concept featured a supercharged version of the Veyron's quad-turbo 8.0-liter W-16 engine, we'd expect that Bugatti will put the quad-turbos back and up the output over 1,000-hp. Whether it chooses to offer the model in 1,001-hp Veyron 16.4 tune or 1,200-hp Veyron Super Sport tune remains to be seen.

Durheimer said that the new version will still look a lot like the concept despite the changes. He's now 100 percent behind the model and plans to present the design to Volkswagen by the end of the year. If the car gets green-lighted it could debut by 2013.

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