The next Bugatti could be a four-door.
The French supercar manufacturer first expressed interest in building a sedan when it debuted the 16C Galibier at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept featured the same 1,000+ hp quad-turbocharged W16 engine as the Veyron, which would have been enough to propel the sedan to a theoretical top speed of 235 mph. Bugatti later shelved the concept during the development process of the Chiron – but don’t label the super sedan stillborn just yet.
Speaking to Automotive News, Bugatti boss Wolfgang Durheimer said the brand’s four-door car “is not dead.” He also said Bugatti will probably remain a one-model brand, meaning the production Galibier may replace the Chiron rather than be sold alongside it. The Chiron is expected to stick around for about 8 years, so the Galibier could rear its head in 2024 or 2025.
It remains to be seen what may power the Galibier – even within Bugatti. No decisions have been made in regards to the manufacturer’s future powertrains as hybrid technology is progressing at a quick rate. The longer Bugatti waits to develop its next-generation powertrain, the more performance it may be able to deliver. No matter what lies under the hood, you can bet it will set a new standard for performance – just as every modern-day Bugatti before it has.
“It will again be decided on the performance criteria because this is the ultimate our customers expect from us,” Durheimer said. “The ingredients are open.”
[Source: Automotive News]