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Bugatti president and CEO Wolfgang Durheimer confirming that Bugatti will move forward with producing the 16C Galibier isn’t the biggest news about the super sedan, rather, it’s the fact that Bugatti will be offering a hybrid variant of the car. In an interview with CAR Magazine, Durheimer announced more details on the Galibier program and what Bugatti will be offering for its luxury sedan.
As we already know, the standard Galibier will also utilize Bugatti’s potent W16 power plant but a hybrid option will also be available. Durheimer expressed the importance of being socially acceptable in various markets that might demand a more quiet vehicle. By offering an EV mode with the Galibier, the luxury sedan will have more versatility in an already limited market.
“When the mayors of cities know we can make cars that run silently, I don’t expect they will allow cars that pollute into city centres,” Durheimer said. “But I can’t imagine a Galibier owner leaving their car at the park-and-ride and catching a bus. That’s why we need to offer a hybrid with this car, so owners drive up to the hotel silently in EV mode. But not every Galibier needs to be a hybrid – in places like Dubai it is not what the market wants.”
With the Veyron’s production fading into the horizon, many will anxiously await the production of the Galibier which will be limited to 3,000 units.
[Source: Car Magazine UK]
Back in June we were already sold on the fact that Bugatti will inevitably release the 16C Galibier to the general public. And if this set of official photos isn’t enough to convince you, we guess you’ll just have to wait until you’re behind the wheel yourself. Then again, with a price well over $1 million, you probably won’t ever be behind the wheel.
The latest rumor surrounding the car is that the 16C Galibier will be released in 2013 to a limited edition tune of 300 and a price tag around $1,500,000 once the Veyron production line ends. We absolutely love the sleek black finish on this set of photos although we’re still not digging the look of the eight exhaust tips out of the rear. The 16C Galibier looks to sport the Veyron’s 8.0L W16 engine, but instead of the quad turbochargers it’ll sport a pair of superchargers.
It’s just a matter of time before Bugatti makes it official, but for now we’ll just have to continuously settle for this selection of new photos.
GALLERY: Bugatti 16C Galibier
Even though Bugatti still refuses to admit it, the Bugatti Galibier looks poised to be put into production. These photos were snapped out in Molsheim, France and it looks nearly identical to the concept that debuted just head of this year’s Geneva Auto Show. Rumors are that Bugatti will be launching the Galibier in 2013 with a $1.3 million price tag.
With how successful luxury sedans are becoming with Porsche’s Panamera, Aston Martin’s Rapide and even Rolls-Royce’s new Ghost, it would make sense for Bugatti to transition from their Veyron supercar to the Galibier. It’ll feature an 8.0L 16-cylinder twin-supercharged powerplant dropping anywhere from 800- to 1000-hp. Their vision is to have the most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four-door automobile in the world.
Here’s to hoping Conan O’Brien will get his hands on it in 2013 when his contract with TBS is over, one-upping his Bugatti Veyron Mouse.
GALLERY: Bugatti 16C Galibier Spotted