Bugatti 16 C Galibier Concept Revealed

Bad news first. The all-new Bugatti 16 C Galibier Concept car is not for Frankfurt consumption. Sorry. But it will be officially revealed at an exclusive event in the next few hours. Good news is that we have some details on what Bugatti CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen describes as "most exclusive, elegant and most powerful sedan in the world."

Power comes from the works 8-litre 16-cylinder motor with two-stage supercharging. It can churn out between 588kW (800hp) and 735kW (1,000hp), all of which is channeled to all four wheels using the AWD system. Standard fuel is petrol but ethanol can be used as an alternative. To stop it running away from the driver is a set of powerful carbon ceramic brakes.

True to the teaser images that were flashed recently the rear features four exhaust tailpipes on either side while the rear window is integrated with the third brake light which runs vertically from the roof down. The wings and the side doors are made of polished aluminium and the rest of the body is built on dark blue hand-made carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). Large LED headlights flank the imposing Bugatti radiator grille.

The interior is characterised by the flowing surfboard-shaped dashboard made of fine wood and leather. The centre console features a large LCD screen while the speedometer has been deliberately placed in the middle of the dash so rear passengers can see just how fast they are moving. A very stylish feature is the Parmigiani removable Reverso Tourbillon Swiss clock which can be worn on the wrist through its cleverly-designed leather strap.

Previously a number of names were suggested for the 16 C Galibier, including Lydia and Bourdeaux. But Bugatti has chosen to name it after the classic 4-door Bugatti Type 57. Galibier is also one of the most difficult alpine passes along the Tour de France.

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As the climax of its centenary celebration ceremonies, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. presented customers and opinion-makers with the Bugatti 16 C Galibier concept, intended to be the most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four door automobile in the world last weekend in Molsheim. At the historic site where Ettore Bugatti once laid the cornerstone of his company, Bugatti’s current president, Dr. Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen emphasised that the Galibier is one of several concept studies with which the company is considering for the future of the Bugatti marque.

Art - Forme - Technique: those are the brand values to which Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean oriented themselves in order to develop even more powerful engines and even more noble body designs for each new model, which were without equal in quality, handling, speed and elegance. In the process, they experimented again and again without compromise with new materials; thus was Bugatti one of the first manufacturers to use aluminium parts for bodies, engine blocks and wheels.

Art - Forme - Technique are also the brand values to which the design and engineering team of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. oriented themselves in the development of the Galibier. With this new four-door concept car, Bugatti assumes anew a leading role in the use of new material combinations. Thus the body is constructed of handmade carbon fibre parts coloured dark blue so that, when illuminated, the woven structure shimmers through strikingly. Carbon fibre not only possesses unusually great rigidity but is also especially light. The wings and doors are out of polished aluminium.

The Galibier’s design masters the challenge of uniting sportiness with the comfort and elegance of a modern four-door saloon. The basic architecture picks up on the torpedo-like character of the Type 35, which was already revived in the Veyron, and reinterprets it. With the typical Bugatti radiator grille, big round LED headlights and the clamshell running the length of the vehicle which became synonymous with the brand identity under Jean Bugatti in the Type 57, this car transports the Bugatti genes into the modern world.

Beneath the bonnet, which folds back from both sides, there resides a 16-cylinder, 8-litre engine with twostage supercharging. What makes this engine special is that it was developed as a flex-fuel engine and can optional be run on ethanol. Four-wheel drive, specially developed ceramic brakes and a new suspension design enable the agile, always-sure handling of a saloon of this size.

The interior reflects the elemental design of the exterior. The dash panel has been reduced to the essential; two centrally located main instruments keep even the rear passengers constantly informed of the actual speed and previous performance. Parmigiani, the Swiss maker of fine watches, created the removable Reverso Tourbillon clock for the Galibier, which may be worn on the wrist thanks to a cleverly designed leather strap.

“Galibier” is not just the name of one of the most difficult alpine passes along the Tour de France but, in its time, was a version of the four door Type 57 unequalled in sportiness and elegance.

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iSpeakTruth iSpeakTruth
For those who think the new Bugatti 16 C Galibier design is ugly or so similar to other vehicles, that similarity might *only* remain in the concept photos. If the Galibier will be manufactured to this exact design, we wont know if it still looks like the compared cars or will it change your mind from your negative comparison to a positive view of its beautiful and unique design. As the car's brand is Bugatti, we wont know its true beauty unless we see it in front of our eyes, for real.
Dec 24th, 2009 11:28pm
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TruthBeTold TruthBeTold
For those who think the new Bugatti 16 C Galibier design is ugly or so similar to other vehicles, that similarity might *only* remain in the concept photos. If the Galibier will be manufactured to this exact design, we wont know if it still looks like the compared cars or will it change your mind from your negative comparison to a positive view of its beautiful and unique design. As the car's brand is Bugatti, we wont know its true beauty unless we see it in front of our eyes, for real.
Dec 24th, 2009 10:45pm
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GTurbo GTurbo
Jaguar and Mercedes retain their pre-eminent reputations as design leaders in the prestige car class. Without the XJ, there won't be a CLS. After the CLS we have the Panamera from Porsche, the Passat CC from VW and now we have the Galibier 16 C from Bugatti; the C for Concept. Oh! There's the Rapide from Aston Martin and Estoque from Lamborghini...You get the picture. Bugatti should make this car to expand the brand portfolio beyond the supersport connotations. Porsche remain independent (before VW's sizeable slice) because they're entrepeneurs; they took a big risk with the Cayenne and it paid off so, why not the Panamera? I just hope VW don't bite too much than they can chew! The only problem with the Galibier 16 C is that it's too derivative as there's hardly any originality (cue Panamera) by virtue of 'corporate face' design strategy.
Oct 28th, 2009 10:45pm
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ShinyG ShinyG
Why is everyone so excited of this blandly designed car? I don’t see anything worth looking at when I see this car. It composed out of different elements taken from VAG’s more popular brands, something that could hardly be considered “high class”. I’m also starting to get bored with the entire “retro” design theme everybody is keen on nowadays! Using old design queues gets old really fast as unusual things like the spine and the split hood were used on old cars for a reason. Using these design elements on a new car is almost as stupid as putting wooden wheels with iron tires (with bling-bling proportions of course) or a hole and a crank under the grill just to be a bit more “retro”. Oh yeah, there’s not enough chrome on this car, we need mooaar chrome! As for the engine, if it took 4 turbos to get 1000bhp out of that unit, I don’t think a single supercharger would manage to do the same. My guess would be that this car would have around 800bhp, enough to have more than any other car in it’s class. Of course, the engine could actually have 1000bhp if they chrome it!
Oct 2nd, 2009 7:26pm
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bassam bassam
ahhhhhh, it'ds very beautiful car, amazing design, fasinating video,i love this car ,i feel mmmmmmmmm energetic.
Sep 20th, 2009 4:01am
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Captain Scarlett Captain Scarlett
Wake me up when its over.
Sep 16th, 2009 8:04pm
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Alfafox5 Alfafox5
The movie is beautiful, the photos - not so much. Perhaps in the metal I would be in love. For now, it looks like a lot of great lines coming together in a way that lacks the passion the video talks about. Namely the large 'eyes' look more surprised than focused, and the profile does not look like the speeding silver arrow it could be. Perhaps more tension would have eliminated the comparisons to the bland Panamera. Perhaps, a faster angle on would have made the silver contrasts seem a bit more energized. I like it overall, but I do not find it attractive, merely well assembled.
Sep 16th, 2009 8:10am
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benz_man benz_man
Hmmmmm, exterior is OK. I like the detailing. Anyone else notice the complete lack of body cut-lines? The carbon-fiber is amazing! Love the minimalist interior. However, I've noticed a few too many VW group parts floating in this concept (even if they are expensive parts-bin compilations). Notice the re-use of the Veyrons HVAC box and plumbing? Or how about those Mulssane LED headlights? I wonder how many there are I can't see?
Sep 16th, 2009 3:01am
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Paulds Paulds
Mmmm, I don´t know... the interior looks pure, clean, high quality, but the exterior looks akward...something it´s wrong, specially in the back...
Sep 16th, 2009 2:57am
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Andy_Turbo Andy_Turbo
UGLY......check. POWERFUL.........check. EXCLUSIVE......check. this thing hurts my eye in real life but i like to see it on paper( the stats that is)
Sep 16th, 2009 2:20am
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sfero sfero
Don't get me wrong but IMHO the rear end of the Concept harks back to the Volkswagen D1 Concept from 2000 (http://www.conceptcarz.com//vehicle/z3078/Volkswagen-D1.aspx). Unfortunately I couldn't find any photos that show the D1's rear end but I do remember photos in magazines. Nonetheless, this car is an amazing prospect of Bugatti's future projects.
Sep 16th, 2009 2:19am
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p400sv p400sv
Is it a Bugatti or a Skoda?
Sep 16th, 2009 1:45am
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MK Maestro MK Maestro
Panamera over this any day....this thing is ugly!!
Sep 15th, 2009 6:01pm
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fattychrisbmw fattychrisbmw
u guys are nuts... panamera looks much better than thi clown...
Sep 15th, 2009 3:49pm
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HommeStar HommeStar
Magnificent! The interior is to die for. That is luxury at its finest. The lines are so simple and the ornament minimal but the impact is immense. I want to sleep in it. It would be wonderful to wake to that interior with the morning sun just breaking on a crisp fall day Versailles-like grounds. :~
Sep 15th, 2009 1:45pm
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ExoticCarOwner ExoticCarOwner
I am so pleasently surpised by this. Good going Bugatti.
Sep 15th, 2009 1:31pm
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TheSilentKnight TheSilentKnight
Well boys and girls, out of 10 I'd give it 8. If Bugatti can just extend the arse-end out somewhat so it looks a teeny bit more sedan-like ( S-class, A8, 7-series, you know what I'm after ) it would be even more stunning. I'm currently at university in Tasmania ( the small island state of Australia that's governed by corrupt socialists ) and I'm thinking of doing a post-graduate course whereby I simply have to make a documentary throughout that year. So what I'm thinking of doing is a Jeremy Clarkson-style 80minute film called "Tristan Newitt's Super Sedans" ( Tristan's my name btw, pleasure to meet you ) and base it in Italy at the Nardo Speed Bowl and racetrack there and test and feature all the current ( in 2011 ) fast 4-door cars in showrooms; so the new-gen Audi S8, Lamborghini Estoque ( if they make it, which I hope they do ), Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, HSV W427, FPV GT-HO, and another dozen others if possible. If Bugatti build this in time, then that'd definitely be featured in my film. What are your thoughts ( please don't be crass, be constructive )?
Sep 15th, 2009 12:12pm
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maloparac maloparac
Good..its not mistace like new Bentley! And pls dont compare with panamera
Sep 15th, 2009 8:29am
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nederina nederina
i'll have the phantom and the rest of my change goes to any latest favorable mid engined v8/v10 supercar
Sep 15th, 2009 6:01am
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norther norther
i am sorry. as exclusive as it is, it's pig ugly. it has a really nice interior, in fact it is beautiful. but the exterior it's ugly...
Sep 15th, 2009 5:46am
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miika miika
It looks like(... surprise, no references to other cars :) ) ..a very nice place to be in! Interior is super!
Sep 15th, 2009 5:39am
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