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It has been two-years since Bugatti pulled the covers off their Galibier super-sedan concept, and while they had made much noise about the concept when it was revealed, not much has been said about this car since.
With Veyron production coming to a close in the near future, speculation has been endless regarding Bugatti’s next move.
Apparently, Bugatti has been working secretly on the Galibier, and according to Wolfgang Dürheimer, the man in-charge of running both Bentley and Bugatti, the production version would hit the market sometime next year.
The Galibier is expected to use a detuned version of the Veyron’s W16 motor. Rumors suggest it’ll have 800-hp, which should be adequate to propel this luxury limo.
Bugatti hopes to produce between 1000 – 1500 Galibier’s, so it won’t be as rare as the Veyron, but don’t expect it to be any cheaper, as the starting price is said to be $1.45 million.
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
Shown for the first time a month ago at a private event in Molsheim, France, the Bugatti Galibier 16C sedan has now reportedly been given the green light to head into production.
The reported cost of the quad-turbo 16-cylinder sedan is £900,000 or roughly $1.5 million, with a possible production date of 2013. At that time the Veyron should have ceased its production run and the Galibier, will continue as the only model in the Bugatti lineup.
Named after a pass in the Alps, the Galibier is said to use a detuned version of the Veyron’s engine making more like 800hp, with an estimated top speed of around 220 mph. Rumors have also suggested the car will get an eight-speed automatic transmission, rather than the more performance-oriented dual-clutch setup found on the Veyron.
The body is made of both aluminum and carbon fiber with the car’s most unique trait being a Parmigiani Reverso Tourbillon timepiece which can be remove and warn as a watch by the owner.
GALLERY: Bugatti Galibier 16C