Bugatti 16C Galibier Concept makes its public debut in Los Angeles

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2009

The noble concept 16C Galibier was unveiled last September at Bugatti's headquarters in Molsheim; but has now been officially shown to customers and critics at the prestigious Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills.

Alasdair Stewart, Bugatti's Director of Sales, Marketing and After Sales, announced that the 16C Galibier is just one of few concepts that is being considered for the future. Not many cars can be compared to the 16C Galibier, which is designed to be the most exclusive, powerful and noble car in world.

The new four-door concept vehicle is shaped to be both sporty and elegant. It features handmade carbon fiber parts colored in dark blue, combined with polished aluminum wings and doors. Powering the Type 35 inspired, torpedo-like Galibier is a 16-cylinder, 8-liter engine with two-stage supercharging, which can work on ethanol optionally.

For agile handling, the car is equipped with specially developed ceramic brakes, four-wheel drive and new suspension design. Matching its external appearance, the car's interior design gives the impression of extremely natural vision and innovative highlights. One of its exclusive features is the Parmigiani's removable tourbillion clock, which can be worn on the wrist as well due to its cleverly designed leather strap.

In developing the new Bugatti Galibier, both the design team and engineering team at Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. made sure to take into consideration the values of the brand which are Art - Forme – Technique. The design team needed to hurdle the challenge of how to combine sportiness with the elegance and comfort already offered in a contemporary four-door saloon.

The name "Galibier" refers to one of the most difficult alpine passes part of the Tour de France. However, it also refers to a variant of the four-door Type57 which has unmatched elegance and athleticism. The basic architecture of the Bugatti Galibier utilizes the torpedo-like quality displayed by the Type 35. While this was already revived under the Bugatti Veyron, this architecture is reinterpreted with the new model. The standard Bugatti radiator grille is still present and one can also see the big round headlights that use LED, and the clamshell that goes across the whole length of the vehicle.

All of these have become synonymous with the brand identity that was introduced by Jean Bugatti through the Type 57. Indeed, the Bugatti Galibier manages to carry the brand’s genes to the present day. Through the new Galibier, the brand projects that it will take the lead particularly in utilizing various material combinations. The body of this four-door concept car is made of handmade parts composed of carbon fiber.

It has a dark blue color so that once it is illuminated, the woven structure is able to shimmer in a striking manner. Use of carbon fiber is excellent since it is light while offering great rigidity. Meanwhile, the doors and wings are made out of polished aluminum. The bonnet is able to fold back from each side and under it is the 8-liter 16-cylinder engine which comes with a two-stage supercharging.

Making this engine even more special is the fact that it was developed to be a flex-fuel engine so that it can run on ethanol as an option. The new design of the suspension combined with the specially developed ceramic brakes and four-wheel drive, resulting in that always-sure and agile handling being offered by a saloon having this size. Going on the inside, the interior reveals that it has the elemental design similar to that of the exterior.

The dash panel for instance has been broken down to the basics. There are two centrally located main instruments that make sure even those sitting in the rear are always informed of the actual speed and even the previous performance. The interior of the Bugatti Galibier also shows a removable Reverso Tourbillon clock.

Created by none other than Parmigiani, who is based in Switzerland and know to make fine watches, it has a cleverly designed leather strap that allows it to be worn on the wrist.

Press Release

Bugatti Galibier Concept

As the climax of its centenary celebration ceremonies, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. presented customers and opinion-makers with the Bugatti Galibier Concept, intended to be the most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four door automobile in the world last weekend in Molsheim. At the historic site where Ettore Bugatti once laid the cornerstone of his company, Bugatti's current president, Dr. Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen emphasised that the Bugatti Galibier 16C is one of several concept studies with which the company is considering for the future of the Bugatti marque.

Art - Forme - Technique: those are the brand values to which Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean oriented themselves in order to develop even more powerful engines and even more noble body designs for each new model, which were without equal in quality, handling, speed and elegance. In the process, they experimented again and again without compromise with new materials; thus was Bugatti one of the first manufacturers to use aluminium parts for bodies, engine blocks and wheels.

Art - Forme - Technique are also the brand values to which the design and engineering team of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. oriented themselves in the development of the Bugatti Galibier. With this new four-door concept car, Bugatti assumes anew a leading role in the use of new material combinations. Thus the body is constructed of handmade carbon fibre parts coloured dark blue so that, when illuminated, the woven structure shimmers through strikingly. Carbon fibre not only possesses unusually great rigidity but is also especially light. The wings and doors are out of polished aluminium.

The Bugatti Galibier's design masters the challenge of uniting sportiness with the comfort and elegance of a modern four-door saloon. The basic architecture picks up on the torpedo-like character of the Type 35, which was already revived in the Bugatti Veyron, and reinterprets it. With the typical Bugatti radiator grille, big round LED headlights and the clamshell running the length of the vehicle which became synonymous with the brand identity under Jean Bugatti in the Type 57, this car transports the Bugatti genes into the modern world.

Beneath the bonnet, which folds back from both sides, there resides a 16-cylinder, 8-litre engine with twostage supercharging. What makes this engine special is that it was developed as a flex-fuel engine and can optional be run on ethanol. Four-wheel drive, specially developed ceramic brakes and a new suspension design enable the agile, always-sure handling of a saloon of this size.

The interior reflects the elemental design of the exterior. The dash panel has been reduced to the essential; two centrally located main instruments keep even the rear passengers constantly informed of the actual speed and previous performance. Parmigiani, the Swiss maker of fine watches, created the removable Reverso Tourbillon clock for the Bugatti Galibier, which may be worn on the wrist thanks to a cleverly designed leather strap.

"Galibier" is not just the name of one of the most difficult alpine passes along the Tour de France but, in its time, was a version of the four door Type 57 unequalled in sportiness and elegance.

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