• Sep 14, 2009
Click above to watch the video after the jump

We've seen the pics; we've read the details. Now, it's time for video, and Bugatti seems to have released exactly what we're looking for. The looks of the French supercar maker's Galibier concept are nothing if not striking and controversial, but at the level Bugatti's playing at those descriptors are certainly vastly preferable to boring and staid.

Bugatti says the Galibier's unique dark carbon fiber skin shines blue when illuminated, and you can see that effect much better on video than with static images. Pay special attention to the hood, which features twin side-by-side portals to access the front-mounted, ethanol-burning W16 engine. We could do without the breathless narrator, but as promotional material, we've come to expect nothing less. Hit the jump to watch the video. Thanks for the tip, Slavich!








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      • 5 Years Ago
      The headlamps make it look angry, but quietly so. I like it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man I feel bad for the poor billionaire that goes to change his own oil. There's hardly any access!!!



      /sarcasm
      • 5 Years Ago
      It runs ethanol, so I automatically like it!

      Style wise it's a bit creepy and that video was sort of a black magic masturbation, so they kinda threw me off a bit. But overall it's a nice, if a bit toooo dramatic, car. I'm sure it looks better in person.

      But I'm not a fan of elitist product placements, so despite the massive plus of being able to burn ethanol, this is a car that will do nothing for the real world, and will just be a toy for snobs to brag about owning and occasionally wrap around a very old oak.

      *sigh*
      • 5 Years Ago
      The video does a nice job of highlighting some of the design elements that aren't immediately noticed in still images. I like it. Not in the way that I like cars that I want to own, such as the 8C Competizione or the Reventon. I like this because I have tremendous respect for what it represents. This car is an event. Watch some footage of the plant where the Veyron is built and recognize that this car will be that and then some and you'll start to see my perspective.

      The comments here clearly indicate how polarizing it will be, but one thing that no one can deny is that it does force you to form an opinion. There are great cars in the world that evoke virtually no emotive response. The mid-engined Ferraris are a great example. Excellent cars, but nobody is just madly in love with them, likewise nobody vehemently hates them. This car demands that you take a stance, and that in and of itself is powerful.

      Bugattis are as much art as automobile, and because of that they don't really have to concern themselves with what even a majority of people think about their creations. They make them, and by virtue of their exclusivity they can sell them. Some family friends of ours have a multi-million dollar mansion in Parker Colorado that's packed to the rafters with paintings and sculptures, most of which I can hardly bear the sight of, but they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on those pieces, and if they auctioned them off, there would be people standing in line to fork over their hard earned money to take them home. Such is the market for Bugatti.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Finally someone understood what Bugatti is all about. The brand is all about art and exclusivity. I have seen the Veyron and was stared by its design (I am myself a designer). All those attentions of details trulyset Bugatti apart of other luxury/supercars.
        Galibier is a good concept similar to other version of drawed concept Veyron four-doors posted. The final desgin is not complete but it already draw attention.
        • 5 Years Ago
        speak for yourself.

        I am madly in love with the 288 GTO ferrari, and it is mid-engined. :D

        I'd pass by an Enzo any day of the week, to see a 288 GTO up close. :D

        But yes, the Bugattis do evoke a response. And in general, I quite like this car, aesthetically better than the Veyron, which always seemed a bit bulky for it's design.

        The aesthetics seem far more tailored on this shape and design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow... simply wow.. such a failure in design. Expected a bit more but wow nothing like this. Outside it looks like all they did was stretch out the Veyron out and up a bit, moved the engine upfront and called it a day with the "Sedan Coupe" them everyone is doing. The interior shots do look great dont get me wrong but the DVD player screen does look a bit well cheapish.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My what big eyes you have!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The chrome ruins it, sorry... And chrome now these days looks really dull on most things, everything is doing it now, we just need to start having matte cars... o_O
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its polished aluminum.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring back the EB112 (Google it)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. I think I just saw the best promotional video ever!!!!!! Bugatti is now my new favorite car company.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just laughed my ass off through this entire video. I don't think they intentionally made it so hilarious, but wow...
        • 5 Years Ago
        You were laughing? I was masturbating... so sensual. :-P
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, the voice over a pretty corny. Its trying so hard that tts almost like a parody of itself.

        The funniest part was when the video has the words "with all the passion of a legend" fades in, then the voice reads it out-loud for you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That side view is pretty horrid. Back reminds me of the Chrysler Crossfire or, as Clarkson said, a dog doing it's #2's.

      Bad, bad, bad. It's a shame, they could have fixed the problem by pushing the rear axle further back.... I hope it's at least justified by being a hatchback.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, but the Jensen hatch is WAY nicer than the Bugatti ugliness. It may be inspired by something, but it doesn't mean it deserves any less derision.

        Ugly is ugly, and it is almost exactly the same profile as a Crossfire.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Who said you have to buy one OH WAIT!!! You can't. So just keep enjoying that Jensen of yours.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Clarkson has the discerning abilities of a 4 year old. That curved back is inspired by the 'Clipper' styling of the '40s. In a way this style is the gradparent of that Jensen hatch you have for your avatar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like it would be a pain in the ass to do an oil change...or do these cars come with automatic oil changers?
        • 5 Years Ago
        They're called 'jeeves.'
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, Jeeves calls the regional Bugatti service center, who arranges a private driver to pick up the car, bring it to the service center where technicians go through and exhaustive maintenance schedule covering the car from bonnet to boot.

        Oil, tires, fluids, anything else is done, on a lift, in a spotless service bay by people who take it very seriously, including detailing the car.

        And the owner's account is billed for every labor hour. And the service center owner, management, technicians, and concierge drivers, detailing specialists, and everyone involved is nicely paid for their premium, and discrete services.

        The car is returned and Jeeves has the household staff put the car back in the rotation, because obviously it isn't the *only* car, and on the driveway apron or in the museum like garage, so that the owner can use the car either driving it, or being driven in it, without ever bothering over how much it costs to maintain, or to pay a staff and facility to do it.

        If it were any less, it would be uncivilized.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yes, suh? did someone ring?
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