Bugatti Galibier delayed once again

Article by Christian A., on October 17, 2012

As Bugatti attempts to find out what the markets want from a sedan, it delayed the development of the Bugatti Galibier once again, according to Autocar. The super sedan was first seen as a concept in 2009. It features all-wheel drive and is equipped with a twin-supercharged version of the Veyron’s 8.0-liter W-16 that can deliver “800-900-hp” – a figure that has increased to four digits since then.

Bugatti delayed the release of the four-door super sedan to give the vehicle more power and space as well as to improve its appearance and make it more luxurious. Wolfgang Schreiber, the chief of Bentley and Bugatti, said that the sedan isn’t like to arrive in the market until 2015 or 2016.

Schreiber told Autocar that it’s harder to meet all of the requirements for Bugatti customers than Bentley. Even with the delay, Schreiber still believes that Bugatti needs the Galibier in its lineup, explaining that customers would be excited about a second car.

At the height of the centenary celebration, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. revealed to analysts and customers its latest offering. Dubbed as the Bugatti Galibier Concept, the brand reveals that this four-door vehicle is set to become the most powerful, most elegant, and likely the most exclusive. Officially unveiled at Molsheim just last week, the site is significant as this was where Ettore Bugatti started the foundation of what would become his company.

Bugatti Galibier 16C, according to Dr. Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen, currently the brand’s president, is but one of the many concept studies Bugatti is undergoing as it prepares for its future. One of the many challenges that the design team needed to hurdle was how to have the elegance and the comfort offered by a contemporary four-door saloon and combine it with the needed athleticism.

As a result, the basic platform makes use of the Type 35’s torpedo-like features. This was already implemented with the Bugatti Veyron but for the new concept vehicle, it finds a way to reinterpret this. There is still the standard radiator grille as well as the round and large headlights which use LED. Even the clamshell that goes across the vehicle’s entire length is still there.

All of these features have become part of the brand identity that was first presented by Jean Bugatti through the Type 57. This is the same model that managed to bring the brand to become part of the modern world. While developing the Bugatti Galibier, both the design team and the engineering team followed the brand values known as Art, Forme, and Technique.

These are the same values that Ettore Bugatti, as well as his son Jean, used in order for the brand to come up not only with more powerful engines for the new models but new and splendid designs as well. This is the reason why each model that came out would always show top quality in addition to having that elegance and exceptional speed with remarkable handling.

Further, the brand did not stop with experimentation but made sure that each time they did so, the use of new materials would never be compromised. This is exactly the reason why Bugatti was the first automaker to make use of aluminum not only for certain components of the body but also that of the wheels and engine blocks. Through this newest four-door concept vehicle, the brand hopes to take the lead when it comes to utilizing new material combinations.

As such, this concept vehicle makes use of carbon fiber parts that are handmade. Because it came in a dark blue color, its woven structure is able to shimmer through especially when lighted upon. Further the advantage of using carbon fiber was that it was light and offered excellent rigidity. Meanwhile the doors and the wings are made up of polished aluminum.

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