Bugatti Galibier Still a Possibility, Chiron Roadster Hinted
There was a time when many believed the Bugatti Galibier would come after the Veyron.
But the on-again, off-again sedan was believed to be dead once the French automaker unveiled its new Chiron as the successor of the Veyron. However, for fans of four-doors, the Galibier might not be completely deceased as the automaker’s CEO admits that it is still one of four possibilities Bugatti is considering. The bad news is, the company doesn’t plan on offering a second model alongside the Chiron, which means any future product is still a few years away.
But in the near future we may see a Chiron roadster variant. For the Veyron, Bugatti offered a convertible version and Car and Driver questioned Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer about the possibility. The publication asked whether a roadster version would require a T-bar roof to preserve the “Atlantic” line at the center of the coupe, which Dürheimer responded with, “Very perceptive.” It’s a far cry from a confirmation, but it would hardly be a surprise that a Chiron Roadster is in the works.
The company is currently weighing “four strategic alternatives,” meaning four different models are under consideration to follow the Chiron.
We’re guessing Bugatti will have plenty of news in the coming months, with the Chiron heading to customers this fall. The new exotic will be able to hit 239 MPH in Handling mode, while Top Speed mode will be limited to 261 MPH. Considering the Veyron Supersport holds the top speed record at 268 MPH and the Chiron has 300 more horsepower, it is only a matter of time before the Chiron claims a new record. Car and Driver reports that Bugatti may not make that attempt until 2018, but the automaker will help those customers wanting to go past the governed 261-MPH limit.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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