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Few have seen it – even standing still – but a report from the UK's Auto Express is already suggesting that the Bugatti 16C Galibier concept, shown to a select few at the company's factory in Molsheim, is set to receive the green light for production.

The concept for succeeding the two-door, mid-engine Veyron offers a more conventional four-door, front-engine bodystyle with bragging rights that pale only in comparison to its record-breaking forbearer: the 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine would carry over, albeit detuned from its 1000+ hp output in the Veyron to "only" 800, while sources suggest that the Veyron's purpose-built dual-clutch transmission would be replaced with a more conventional torque-converter eight-speed automatic. With less power and a larger shape, the Galibier is tipped to reach a 220 mph top speed – a good thirty less than the Veyron's top end, but still miles ahead of even the fastest production sedans.

Rumor has it that the Bugatti could share the platform from the new Bentley Mulsanne. And while earlier reports indicated that Bugatti would be trying out a number of different concepts before selecting one for production, if this latest report is accurate, the Galibier could hit the market by 2013 with a £900,000 price tag – about $1.5 million, the same price as that Veyron speeding off into the setting sun.

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder which rap artist will be the first to feature it in a video.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think either T-Pain or Chris Brown.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am going to go with Lil Wayne.
        Anyone else want to place their bets?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's face it, whether you think it is ugly or not (I think it is ok) if you are a Veyron owner you have to buy one.
      Can you imagine if you are with your other billionaire friends that have Veyrons and they buy this and you don't? They will accuse you of being poor and going broke and the gossip will be horrendous.
      It is a captive market.
      And to another poster, yes, the streets of Dubai will be littered with these cars.
      • 5 Years Ago

      ITS SO FKNG UGLY !!!!!
      When I thought the 911 was ugly the panamera too dodge nitro and a lot of american cars
      This pice og s**t looks like the most expensive sport wagon I have ever seen
      ...the interior its ugly too
        • 5 Years Ago
        You consider the 911 ugly? Your opinion is of no more importance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car seems like an answer to a question nobody asked.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm curious as to how a simple, traditional teardrop shape can be considered "ugly". The Still, I'm sure those peddling the ugly claims only define beauty in the form of a jacked-up, brick-shaped 4x4 pick-up truck with an oversized grille which looks more reminiscent of a freight train.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The streets of Dubai will be flooded with these I'm sure. Where else could this outrageously excessive and pointless vehicle be sold? Soon we will see pictures of tacky, customized Galibiers dipped in gold or painted with Burberry prints or covered in the hide of some exotic endangered animal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In case no one was sure, this car is ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is a wonderful blend of Panamera (profile/back), Audi (front profile) and Veyron.. but those eyes - I mean, lights - just creep me out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is ugly. The Veyron can get away with ugly because it's so fast and exotic. This is just a big, gaudy, overpowered Panamera.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks a lot like the Porsche Panamera. But in a dual tone paint job...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, for once Panamera looks better in a comparison.
        The sad part is that they could have made this thing look decent if they kept it low, like Panamera.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm curious as to how a simple, traditional teardrop shape can be considered "ugly". Still, I'm sure those peddling the ugly claims only define beauty in the form of a jacked-up, brick-shaped 4x4 pick-up truck with an oversized grille which looks more reminiscent of a freight train.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I love ignorant comments like this, they really make Thursday bearable. I'm a part of the ugly camp, cars I consider beautiful are the DB4 Zagato, Maserati Tipo 60, Ferrari 275. Modern cars? four doors? The Rapide does a wonderful job.

        Just because people aren't enamored with something garish and ugly (8 exhaust piles, hanging down like an after thought, seriously? - for example), doesn't mean we don't have taste, rather we're not simply swayed into admiration by a badge applied too a mal formed lump. The same holds true for Bentley’s newest.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Everyone has their own opinion and definition of beauty. To me an Alfa Romeo 8C is a beautiful car, or Maseratti Quattroporte/GranTurismo are beautiful cars, or even the Aston Martin Rapide. But this thing just doesn't do anything for me, looks like a freaking huge lump of crap, nothing that makes me want to dream about having this car. And spending $1.5 mil just because it is hand built and has a Bugatti badge, well, it's your money, do what you want but even if I had that kind of cash I would definitely look elsewhere. Sure, as a status symbol, you can't get any better than this, but as a car enthusiast there are much better choices for far less.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I appreciate Zamafir's comments because few people here are au fait with ignorance as much as he is.

        So, we'll start with the purpose of a concept car. They're supposed to be ornate, fantastical, and often completely impractical. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, but the elegant, sinuous profile of this car and large, chromed scallop engulfing both doors are quite remarkable - the rear door lines echo the familiar teardrop two-tone coachwork which helped make the marque so famous. The wheels and exhaust tips add that touch of chintz you'd expect to see in the ballroom of a chateau and leave you having no doubt as to where this manufacturer is originally from or the fact this is only a show car. But they're highly unlikely to ever see production.

        It's simple, elegant, yet dazzling. The price doesn't matter to people who can afford vehicles such as these. Alongside the Rapide and Panamera there are three very interesting interpretations of an exotic, European "GT" saloon car from marques so distinguished that nobody else in the world could ever match them for sheer prestige. And that's what's important when then pen goes into designing a car such as this.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Pardon the typo - "exclusivity."
        • 5 Years Ago
        "And spending $1.5 mil just because it is hand built and has a Bugatti badge, well, it's your money,"

        People who can afford it will spend $1.5m because it's hand-crafted and the fact it's a Bugatti - not because of the badge, but because of the heritage of the marque and its sheer exclusitivity. The latter is the same reason why people often spend obscene amounts on rare exotica at specialist auctions. These kinds of people are those invitited to the pre-launch parties of Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance and Goodwood Revival, not people who frequent car supermarkets ... and if that sounds elitest to you, that is unfortunately part of the fabric of this world we live in. Vehicles of this ilk are bought for entirely different reasons from those buying a family saloon car or indeed, a performance car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        (8 exhaust piles, hanging down like an after thought, seriously?)

        Several of the Type 57 models (notably Atalante and Atlantic) used a cluster of five exhaust pipes and this feature may well be subtle touch harking back to the company's previous equally outlandish models. While those on this concept car look bejewelled, that look probably wouldn't make it to production - nor would the wheels or the swathe of polished chrome (although I dare say some built to special order for Middle Eastern customers would).
      • 5 Years Ago
      i actually love the styling on this car. it is what it is, and it's very much true to fanciful French styling in general, and Bugatti design specifically.
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