The Bugatti 16C Galibier is not a new concept car in fact it has been hanging around the luxury concept car show room for the past three years. If you haven’t seen it yet then you are in for a real treat today as the car is a prime example of mechanical art. The Galibier’s design concept was to retain the brands stunning body lines developed in the late 20’s early 30’s when the company was at its height of popularity.
From the very beginning, Bugatti’s unique constructions and high aesthetic standards have enthralled the public and spawned a virtually boundless passion in those fortunate enough to own such automotive works of art. The Bugatti legacy dates back to the year 1901, when the designs and constructions of Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean achieved a perfect synthesis of art and technology. In the 1920s, Ettore Bugatti’s cars were the embodiment of light construction and unmatched technical aestheticism. Jean Bugatti’s bodywork designs had a lasting impact on the style of the 1930s.
The pre-production Galibier promo video touches on the three principals at work during the cars design stage, which were shape, Power, and passion to art. All of which we think have been perfectly captured in the 2.5 million dollar super sedan. When the Bugatti 16C Galibier reaches its final production stage and arrives in showrooms in 2013 it will be the most powerful production sedan ever created. It is expected to use a similar forced induction 8.0-liter W16 engine to that found in the Veyron. Replacing the quad turbochargers for dual superchargers that will keep the engines output in the four figure ranges for horsepower and torque. The Veyron’s eight-speed transmission and all-wheel-drive system will also be co-opted for the Galibier.
When the Bugatti 16C Galibier is equipped with this set up it would be capable of a top speed north of 260 mph and a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.0 seconds or less. Bugatti is expected to build between 500 and 1500 copies of the car over the course of five to six years. I am sure that you will never see one of these cars the road, so we are looking forward to its official reveal at an auto show near you.