Bugatti Galabier 16C

This is the Bugatti Galabier 16C, a concept which heralds the introduction of a new high performance saloon due to go on sale in 2013, commanding a price tag of around £900,000.

Officially the Galabier has been designed to gauge customer reaction to a four door, four seat Bugatti, but insiders are keen to make it once Veyron production ends in 2012.

“This is what the Bugatti team wants to do now we have to convince customers and the [VW] group to make it,” company boss Franz-Josef Pfeigen told Autocar.

The company is staying tight-lipped about technical details. But technical boss Wolfgang Schreiber admitted that he wanted the production Galabier to “be the world’s fastest, highest accelerating and powerful four-door” and hinted that maximum power would end up at around 800bhp.

The Galabier is four-wheel drive and power comes from the same W16 engine as the Veyron, albeit with twin mechanical superchargers, rather than the four-turbochargers of the mid-engined Sportscar.

And unlike the sportscar the Galabier is thought to have a conventional 8-speed torque convertor automatic transmission, rather than a DSG system.

The doors and wings of the Galabier are made from aluminium, but the rest of the body is constructed from carbon-fibre and Schreiber admitted that the front end of the chassis was also largely made from carbon-fibre to add stiffness and weight.

Insiders won’t comment on the target weight of the production car, merely that it is set to be the lightest car in its class.

The styling is said to be influenced by the famous Bugatti Type 57 Atlantique which is why the Galabier is a hatchback, rather than a conventional saloon and has a characteristic spine running down the entire body.

The basic architecture is also said to be inspired by the so called ‘fuselage’ styling of the Type 35 and echoed by the Veyron. The four-seat cabin is more luxury oriented than the Veyron and extremely minimalist.

The large wooden dash is dominated by two centrally mounted dials, showing available power and speed, topping out at 390km/h (242mph) on the concept. The clock has been manufactured by Swiss maker Parmigiani and is removes to be fixede on a specially designed wristwatch for customers.

Bugatti’s sales director Alastair Stewart told Autocar that the decision to put the Galabier into production would be taken by Spring next year after the concept car has toured the world to be put in front of prospective customers. If it does see the light of day, he expects up to 300 to be made at the company’s Molsheim HQ every year.

Hot cars you might also like:

  • Toyota Vios 2007 Black Bodykit Version Toyota Vios 2007 Black Bodykit Version

    Car Modification TOYOTA VIOS – Toyota Vios 2007 Black Bodykit Version delivers news, pictures and information regarding latest cars and car modification. ...

  • Car Modification – Volkswagen Standart Modification Car Modification – Volkswagen Standart Modification

    Car Modification Volkswagen Standart Modification ...

  • 2010 Lexus GS FOR HOT 2010 Lexus GS FOR HOT

    Its location often means that the Frankfurt auto show is a Euro-centric affair, but that won’t stop Toyota-owned Lexus from rolling out a handful of changes for its venerable GS sedan. Key changes for the GS ...

  • BMW X6 stock photos BMW X6 stock photos

    BMW X6 stock images delivers news, pictures and information regarding latest cars, such as Aston martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Cadillac, Lamborghini, VW and Porsche, etc. ...

  • 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser

    The new Toyota Land Cruiser will be available in the UK exclusively with five doors and seven seats, while one diesel engine is the only option in the range. Its 171bhp 3.0-litre D-4D will be mated ...

  • BMW 750Li Review BMW 750Li Review

    Top standards and demands newly defined: Introducing the fifth generation of the BMW 7-Series Luxury Saloon, the world’s most successful manufacturer of premium cars is setting the benchmark once again, proving how sheer driving ...

  • Audi Car Free parking at Old Trafford Audi Car Free parking at Old Trafford

    Old Trafford’s exclusive Audi car park will be available for every home match until the end of the 2009/10 season. Providing secure parking for Audi drivers attending game at the home of the champions, it is ...

  • 2012 Mercedes SLK Spy Video 2012 Mercedes SLK Spy Video

    Our spy photographers have managed to catch new video of Mercedes’ upcoming 2012 SLK roadster. Like previous mules, this prototype is heavily camouflaged which prevents us from getting a glimpse of the car’s new styling. Regardless, ...

Comments are closed.