Bugatti Galibier to be based on Audi A8, says German newspaper

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 3, 2011

It’s not a secret anymore that Bugatti is planning to build a luxury sedan that will be powered by the same impressive engine found on the Veyron, the fastest production car found on the market. What is more interesting, is that the new car will be based on the Audi A8, according to German newspaper Spiegel.

As we said, the new car will borrow the same engine from the Bugatti Veyron supercar, which means that we will see the an impressive 8.0-liter W16 engine capable to deliver 1001 hp, and has a top speed of over 400 km/h.

The bad news is that the so-called Bugatti Galibier will not receive the same amount of power, because it is a sedan and will be much heavier – it will receive ‘only’ 800 hp. Still, for those who don’t know, the same engine delivers an impressive 1200 hp (882 kW) and a maximum torque of 1,500 Nm of torque in the Bugatti Veyron SuperSport.

Currently, the Veyron SuperSport is the fastest production car on the market with an average speed of 431 km/h (268 mph). The bad news is that the production version of the Super Sport has an electronically limited speed of 415 km, in order to protect the tires.

The design of the Bugatti Galibier presents a good blend between sportiness and the comfort and elegance typical of a modern four-door saloon. Its platform paves way for a fresh interpretation of the torpedo-like profile of the Type 35 that was revived in the Bugatti Veyron.

On the front of the new Bugatti Galibier are the typical Bugatti radiator grille and big round LED headlights, as well as clamshell flowing across its full length of the vehicle. This clamshell has become synonymous with brand identity under Jean Bugatti in the Type 57.

Serving as the heart of the Bugatti Galibier is a 16-cylinder, 8-liter engine featuring two-stage supercharging. This engine was designed as a flex-fuel engine, which means it can be filled with other fuel like ethanol. Helping the Bugatti Galibier to be more agile and easy to handle are its four-wheel-drive system, new suspension design and ceramic brakes.

Bugatti Galibier’s essentialist exterior design is continued into its cabin. For instance, the dash panel is only made up of two centrally located main instruments that allow all occupants – including the rear passengers – to be aware of the saloon’s actual speed and prior performance. The Bugatti Galibier features a removable Reverso Tourbillon clock crafted by Swiss watchmaker, Parmigiani. This watch could also be worn on the wrist.

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