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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.
Rumors of LA Auto Show debut arise
With our previous glimpses at Bugatti’s 16C Galibier ultra-sedan reportedly leaked, these are the first official images of the car from Bugatti, hinting that the ultra-luxury and ultra-performance Volkswagen brand might be preparing to confirm the car’s production – possibly as early as the LA Auto Show.
Little is still known about the car, other than it will be powered by the same quad-turbo 8.0-liter W16 engine as in the Veyron. The body will be made of predominantly carbon fiber, while the interior (as the pictures confirm) will be a luxurious old-world oasis. And don’t forget the eight exhaust pipes, as well as the Parmigiani Reverso Tourbillon timepiece which can be remove and warn as a watch by the owner.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the car’s progress to production. In the mean time, follow the jump for a video of the Galibier.
GALLERY: Bugatti 16C Galibier
See the Bugatti 16C Galibier teaser video after the jump:
So much for private unveilings. Just a day after Bugatti displayed its next supercar at an exclusive event in Molsheim, France, pictures of the super-sedan have wound up online.
Previously thought to be named the Bordeaux, the car’s actual name is Galibier – which refers to a difficult stretch of road in the Alps that cyclists take each year during the Tour de France.
As the name suggests, he Galibier is powered by a version of the Veyron’s 16-cylinder engine. There’s no word on power output, but we have no reason to doubt it could easily make 1,000hp. To speed is rumored to be roughly 217 mph and the engine will reportedly be a FlexFuel powerplant capable of running on ethanol.
The design of the car isn’t exactly beautiful (sort of Panamera-like), but then, the Veyron never took our breath away either. The body features exposed metal and a dark-blue carbon fiber weave. Up front it’s all Veyron and out back there are eight exhaust pipes.
One unique feature inside is the Parmigiani Reverso Tourbillon timepiece which can be remove and warn as a watch by the owner.
GALLERY: Bugatti Galibier 16C Concept