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Bugatti models have never lacked ambition, from the company's original incarnation under founder Ettore Bugatti to its present-day operations under the Volkswagen Group. That unbridled moxie looks poised to gather pace with the brand's forthcoming Galibier super sedan.

Not only will the Galibier be very exclusive and very costly, British magazine CAR is reporting that the W16 engine from the Veyron will be ported over with its dual-clutch gearbox, albeit with a twist – it will also be available with optional hybrid power. The dual-power system is being developed because an increasing number of metropolitan city centers are taking steps to curb or ban internal combustion cars firing up in downtown areas, and Bugatti owners aren't exactly the type to take mass transit.

In an interview with the marque's new president and CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, CAR confirms the project is still in its early stages, with the final dimensions of the car and its chassis construction not yet settled upon. The design is expected to be finalized this fall, and the leading architectures in contention are a carbon monocoque like the Veyron or possibly an aluminum spaceframe.

While the Veyron's production run has been earmarked at 300 units, the Galibier is to increase that tenfold to 3,000 units, but the price will still be steep – CAR estimates the privilege of ownership will cost upwards of £1 million ($1.62M dollars).



[Source: CAR]


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      Kai F. Lahmann
      • 3 Years Ago
      A V16 hybrid. that's for sure the most funny concept I've ever seen. 0 gallons for the first mile; one for each following? ;)
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      To preface this, I am a huge fan of Bugatti and always have been, always will be. However... Do they really think they can sell 3,000 $1.62 million dollar cars? They could barely sell all 300 of the Veyrons, only able to do it by turning models into special editions, convertibles, and super sports models. I want Bugatti to succeed, but if they want volume they may want to try to lower the prices to under 7 figures.
      AntBee
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would kill to have one of these!
      Julio C. M. Oliveira
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why in the name of all that's holly I would want a hybrid of this ? Come on ! More turbos instead !
      Zonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Closeminded fools, the lot of you. Hybrids are the future. No way around it. Once battery technology advances hybrids will displace ICE engines. Even though ICE are awesome, there's no way around it.
        • 3 Years Ago
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        StegRacing@youtube
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zonda
        Hydrogen my friend. I think you will find that apart from Toyota, most manufacturers are spending far more on hydrogen research which in the end can be combusted as per usual in their current (and future) engines. I believe electric is a stop-gap, and will go into the future much as it is now alongside regular models or as an option. Besides, we've got petrol for the next 200-odd years. Far longer than we've been using it currently.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @StegRacing@youtube
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      dystroglycan
      • 3 Years Ago
      im sure the galibier wont be cursed with regular hybrids dull ride, but it does take a little away from the drool-worthyness
      Kevin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it possible for Bugatti to make an attractive vehicle? I mean, I understand what they're trying to achieve when they design and build each one, but why make them so outrageously ugly?
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      If by hybrid they mean W16 + Fusion Reactor then I'm all for it.
      The Box
      • 3 Years Ago
      To me, this thing doesn't have the same super sedan presence that the Phantom and Arnage have.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      StegRacing@youtube
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love this car. Finally Bugatti will produce a car that in my mind captures what they are really about. Big, imposing, physics defying vehicles which are is so elegant I want to propose. On a side note. No electricity to the wheels please. It will mean compromise, and that has never been part of your language. The rich will take their Model S into suburbia over getting this lady all scratched up..
      evan25
      • 3 Years Ago
      amazing to say the least
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