Video: Bugatti previews the 16C Galibier

Article by Christian A., on May 1, 2012

Parent company Volkswagen has given its approval for the Bugatti 16C Galibier to enter production. This ultra-luxury sedan was unveiled in 2009 at the Los Angeles auto show. It was powered by the 16-cylinder engine that’s also used on the Veyron. They have the same output of about 1000hp or higher. Nothing much was reported about the model until last April when it was reported that VW has given the green signal for it to be built.

Ever since its introduction at the Los Angeles show, Bugatti and Bentley chief Wolfgang Durheimer had been asking for this car to be produced. After a long lull of no updates about the vehicle, a nearly five-minute video was uploaded on YouTube to demonstrate the features of this model.

The video didn’t show clear images of the Galibier but it did have a lot of symbolism and metaphors. Of course, just the fact that it’s a car with an output of more than 1,000hp would turn heads anywhere.

Attendees during the 100th anniversary celebration of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. were treated to a surprise as the brand revealed the Bugatti Galibier Concept last weekend at Molsheim. Customers and critics alike were shown what may well be the world’s most powerful, most elegant, and most exclusive four-door automobile. The venue of the unveiling was just as special considering that this was where founder Ettore Bugatti started the company.

In a statement released, Dr. Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen, the brand’s current president, said that the Bugatti Galibier 16C is but one of the many concept studies that the company is looking into as it prepares for the future. When it came to designing the Bugatti Galibier, the team knew that it needed to have a model that would exhibit the elegance and comfort of a contemporary four-door saloon and add in athleticism.

This is where the Type 335 came, a model that was revived through the Bugatti Veyron. The Galibier makes use of the same platform, in particular the torpedo-like quality and then provides its own interpretation of it. In coming up with the Bugatti Galibier, both the design team and the engineering team utilized the principles of Art - Forme - Technique.

Thus with this new concept car, the brand hopes to take the lead when it comes to utilizing new material combinations. For example, the body is mainly made up of carbon fiber parts that are in dark blue. However when lighted upon, this woven structure is able to shine through in a spectacular manner. The advantage of using carbon fiber as a material is that while it is indeed light, it also offered excellent rigidity.

For those not familiar, the brand values of Art - Forme - Technique, are the same ones that Ettore Bugatti, and even his son Jean, followed to make sure that the brand would be able to create new and powerful engines and new models having designs that are truly stylish.

In addition, through these values, these models would have unparalleled elegance, handling, speed, and quality. Under this principle, the brand did not stop their experimentation especially with the use of new materials. This is the reason why Bugatti became one of the first automakers to make use of aluminum not only for the body but even for the wheels and the engine blocks.

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