Bugatti CEO confirms firm’s four-door supercar

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 30, 2011

Bugatti is pursing plans to launch a super-luxurious, ultra-rapid saloon that may cost more than the Veyron hypercar it replaces. Bugatti, which is owned by VW, has unveiled the model dubbed Galibier to potential customers who have supported the Veyron and its versions since 2005. CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said that he has approved a proposal to produce the car.

He said that he is in talks with the board so that Bugatti could build the “fastest limousine in the world” that will be powered by the largest production engine with 16 cylinders.

Durheimer said that this clearly indicates that for Bugatti to keep its fastest-cars reputation, this saloon has to have a power output at part with the Veyron’s. He said that at a minimum, all Bugattis should offer 1000hp. It implies that the Galibier will avoid hybrid or eco technologies and continue with the development of Bugatti's 16-cylinder engine.

Durheimer hinted that the Galibier may be priced higher than the Veyron's £1 million list price, saying that it will have an “extraordinary price.” Only 100 Veyrons will be built before its production run ends. At the earliest, the Galibier will go on sale at the end of 2013.

Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. has unveiled the Bugatti Galibier Concept, which is touted by the carmaker to be the world’s most exclusive, most elegant, and most dynamic four-door car. Leading the unveiling of the concept in Molsheim at the climax of the company’s 100th year celebration ceremonies is Bugatti president Franz-Josef Paefgen. During the event, Paefgen quipped that the Bugatti Galibier 16C is one of many concept studies that Bugatti is mulling for future production. In a quest to develop more powerful engines and more noble body designs for new models, Ettore Bugatti and son Jean had themselves guided by three brand values: Art - Forme – Technique.

These values allowed the father-and-son tandem to create cars that have etched their names in terms of performance, handling, quality and elegance. To strengthen these values, Ettore and Jean conducted endless experiments with new materials.

In fact, Bugatti was one of the first carmakers to employ aluminum parts for bodies, engine blocks and wheels. The design and engineering team of Bugatti Automobiles aligned themselves with these three values during the development of the Bugatti Galibier. For this concept car, Bugatti employed new material combinations. For instance, the body is made from hand-crafted light but rigid carbon fiber parts, which are finished in dark blue.

This would allow the woven structure to glimmer when illuminated. In addition, the wings and doors of the Bugatti Galibier Concept are made from polished aluminum. It was a great feat for Bugatti to be able to successfully fuse dynamic sportiness and the comfort and elegance of a four-door saloon into the design of the concept. It further reinterprets the torpedo-like character of the Type 35 that was revived with the Bugatti Veyron.

Infused with the brand DNA inspired by the Type 57, the Bugatti Galibier Concept features the typical Bugatti radiator grille, big round LED headlights and the clamshell that runs across its length. Serving as the core of the Bugatti Galibier Concept is 16-cylinder, 8-liter engine with two-stage supercharging. Developed as a flex-fuel engine, this monster could be optionally be fueled with ethanol. Its agility and superb handling is ensured by its four-wheel-drive system, a new suspension design and specially developed ceramic brakes.

Inside, the concept has two centrally located main instruments that show the saloon’s actual speed and previous performance. It comes with specially developed ceramic brakes from Swiss watchmaker Parmigiani. The concept derived its name from the one of the most difficult alpine passes along the Tour de France, and is also inspired by a version of the four-door Type 57.

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