Bugatti Galibier 16C concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

With production of the Veyron winding to a close, Bugatti is preparing to move on to the next big thing. That thing, as has oft been reported, is expected to be a production version of the Galibier concept sedan from last year. The latest reports, however, suggest that it won't be called the Galibier when it hits exclusive showrooms, but rather revive the classic Royale nameplate.

The original Bugatti Royale was the very height of opulence, packing a 12.7-liter straight-eight into a 21-foot limousine. That's bigger than a Rolls-Royce Phantom or a Ford F-450. Ettore Bugatti planned on marketing the vehicle to heads of state (hence the name), but when the Depression rolled around, sales projections plummeted and Bugatti only made six of them. The remaining 23 engines were used to power locomotives.

The Royale celebrated its 80th birthday in 2007 when five of the six examples in existence gathered for the Goodwood Festival of Speed. If the 800-horsepower, sixteen-cylinder Galibier were to be put into production as the Royale (with or without cheese elephant hood ornament) sometime next year, it would mark the original's 85th anniversary. One way or another, we'll find out soon enough. In the meantime, you can check out the Galibier and the Royale reunion at Goodwood in our high-resolution image galleries.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pure sex.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      with cheese.
      AntBee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please please please keep the Galibier name ...
      Kennif
      • 3 Years Ago
      And here I was, thinking it looked even better than the Veyron... Oh wait, no, I still think that.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it's truly going to be their flagship, I'm fine with Royale. They shouldn't waste that venerated nameplate on a sedan if they're planning on building a bigger one at some point. This has to be "it" to use Royale. I believe that hood ornament is, indeed, sterling silver.
      AntBee
      • 3 Years Ago
      What happened to all of the Autoblog readers who could appreciate a fine piece of automobile craftsmanship? Seems we've been inundated with a bunch of friggin' trolls who have nothing better to do than say how ugly or how this or that is wrong, blah blah blah ... Enough already!
        mathiaswegner
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AntBee
        If it were a fine piece of craftsmanship, sure. But it's not. They took a jellybean and added so much bling that you can only drive it at night for fear of blinding passage by. It looks like a swollen Chrysler LHS dipped in chrome. Compare this to a Lexus LS, a Mercedes S class, an Audi A8 or a Rolls Royce Phantom. Those are all handsome and understated This is gaudy and flashy and tasteless. Compare it to a real Bugatti like a type 35, type 28, type 55, or type 57. Those use the curves of the car to make it pretty, not acres of shiny crap. This is an ugly car, and does not stand up as a fine piece of automotive craftsmanship.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like someone spilled chrome on a giant Saab 9-5 then slapped an Edsel grill on the front.
        AntBee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        You know that saying, "if you don't have anything nice to say ...?" Please put that into practice.
          Making11s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AntBee
          Yes. How dare I comment with my opinion in a comment section intended for opinions and discussion. What a monster I am!
      ApplePie
      • 3 Years Ago
      tacky and just awful dear lord
      mathiaswegner
      • 3 Years Ago
      So much ugly. So little taste.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know what they call a Bugatti with Cheese in Paris? A Royale with Cheese.
        Ducman69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EnzoHonda
        That is so stupid, and yet I just bust a gut! well done good sir. *golf clap*
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its not luxurious enough yet. Needs more chrome.
        Paxx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Wait for the Dubai gold plated ones to blind everyone
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