The makers of the ‘off-the-production-line-1001hp-16cylinder-supercar known as the Veyron’, Bugatti, have recently made it known that their latest model will send shivers down the spines of Rolls-Royces’ and Bentleys’.
Given the superlative nature and awesome speed of Bugatti’s already legendary, 250-plus mph Veyron supercar, interest in the manufacturer’s follow-up is nothing but intense to say the least. The company had previously gone on record as saying that its next model would not be a supercar, but details were scarce with no whiff of any clues or hints — until very recently that is.
In a recent article that stood out like a sore thumb hammered with a nail from the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer has finally confirmed that the new Bugatti model will be in the mould of the controversial 16 C Galibier concept, which debuted almost unnoticed two years ago back in 2009.
It is said that the ‘nothing-short-of-massive’, four-door, 16 C Galibier will be able to actually seat four adults (unlike a prestigious British and renowned German supercar maker who both recently introduced their respective luxuriously sporty, four-door sedans that supposedly seats four adults, but can only actually seat two adults in front, and at most, two very young, small- sized adults perhaps at the back), and even have a generously accommodating boot space for luggage.
Dürheimer mentioned; “you can bet that a set of fitted luggage will be one of the pricey options.” Well Durheimer’s statement is not a surprise as the Bugatti is after all one of the most expensive and exclusive supercars in the world, so a set of pricey fitted luggage is not at all jaw-dropping, it’s the aforementioned large boot space that’s a surprise. It can be confidently assertained that not many future owners would take such a pricey, rare, and exquisite four-door Bugatti on long, outstation drives which would rack up unwanted and unnecessary mileage on the Bugatti’s odometer, which could hurt its future appreciation and value.
More important is what’s fitted up front, of course, which the article claims will be a huge 16- cylinder engine, although power output was surprisingly not clarified. (The W-16 under the Galibier’s throwback to the twenties and thirties era butterfly bonnet delivers a mere 800hp, somewhat less than the 1,001hp readily available on tap from the imposingly powerful 8-liter W-16 in the mid-engine Veyron.)
The Galibier concept is big to say the least, so do not expect a Veyron-esque, sub-three-second zero-to-100-km/h sprints, no matter how much carbon fiber and aluminum the new car contains. Interestingly, a hybrid model (which can right now only be assumed to be a plug-in hybrid) is on the docket as well, with an electric-only driving range of about just 25 miles only, according to Dürheimer.
Bugatti it seems hopes to sell only between 1,000 and 1,500 units of the super-luxurious sedan over the course of its production lifetime, roughly three times the number of Veyron coupes and Grand Sport convertibles Bugatti has built since 2004.
The story also says that the 16 C Galibier will go on sale in the Second half of 2012, about a year earlier than previous, earlier projections. Now comes the next big, most thought, and asked question, how much will it cost? Dürheimer calmly said without batting an eyelid that it would cost at very least, a cool €1Million, which amounts to about $1.42 million based on current exchange rates.
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