New Images Of 2009 Bugatti Galibier 16C Concept

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This year is an important one for Bugatti. Not only does 2009 represent the centenary of the legendary marque but it also now marks the unveiling of a super sedan that may constitute the future plans of the company. One hundred years to the month since the company was founded by Ettore Bugatti, we now have our first look at Bugatti’s latest concept: the 2009 Bugatti Galibier 16C.

Speaking previously, Bugatti chief Franz-Josef Paefgen revealed that there are in fact three proposed designs for the next-gen Bugatti. This news mates well with what Bugatti officials told The Car Connection in July, which is that the Galibier 16C is in fact a design model being shown to clients and dealers.

According to a new report, the concept may go into production once the run of Veyron’s have come to an end, expected to be sometime in 2012.

The Galibier 16C is constructed from a mix of aluminum and carbon-fiber, which will ensure that it is the lightest car in its class. The body itself is made of polished aluminum and dark blue carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), and LED lights flank each end.

Styling is borrowed from the Bugatti Type 57 Atlantique, including the historic model’s hatchback and spine design elements. Inside, there’s space for four and a large wooden dash that is dominated by two centrally mounted dials showing available power and speed. A removable clock manufactured by Switzerland’s Parmigiani also features.

Although no technical details have been revealed, the Galibier 16C is thought to feature the Veyron’s 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine and an output of around 800 horsepower, though it does away with the four turbos and replaces them with a two-stage supercharging system. Another key difference is the installation of an 8-speed automatic transmission rather than the Veyron’s advanced dual-clutch unit.

A final decision on possible production plans of the Galibier 16C is expected by the spring of 2010. In the meantime, Bugatti has its hands full filling current order lists. The company only has 50 spots left for the Veyron, of which the total build will be 300 units. The Grand Sport model, which is limited to just 150 models, has already received several dozen orders.


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Comments (27)
  1. Better then being a one trick pony

  2. what's more super than a regular veyron? aside from the SSC, that is

  3. Wundercar!

  4. what's more super than a regular veyron? aside from the SSC, that is

    the SSC is a kit car gone silly...whereas the Veyron is class personified !

    between the 2 99.99% of people would pick the Veyron. every time !

  5. Cars for guys w/ too much money and too little...


  6. Cars for guys w/ too much money and too little...


    I am sure they care what you think

  7. After seeing a better scan of the same pic I'm confident it should be called Atlantique, with the eight, chrome exhaust pipes and central "fin" hearkening to the original of the thirties.

  8. 8 exhaust pipes! Holy shit, that's insane.

  9. i keep watching that Top Gear eopisode with Clarkson driving the Bugatti and capt slow and hamster flying the plane from italy to london.

    and i still cant get over the beauty of thhe veyron, outside, but especially on the inside. It just looks like a wonderful place to be sitting !

  10. 8 exhaust pipes! Holy shit, that's insane.

    lol 1 pipe per 2 cylinders....most hypo V8's have 4 pipes, and as its 2 V8's bolted together, that gives you 8 pipes.

  11. This should be interesting looking

  12. That's like 2 pistons per 1 muffler... Wow.

    I'm very certain it would look and drive awesome since Bugatti is the most premium badge from the Volkswagen/Audi group of cars.

  13. 8 exhaust pipes! Holy shit, that's insane.

    lol 1 pipe per 2 cylinders....most hypo V8's have 4 pipes, and as its 2 V8's bolted together, that gives you 8 pipes.

    Ya but those quad-exhaust cars are just using quad tips right? They really only have 2 pipes (one per cylinder bank) that then split into four at the tips. I guess this would be the same kind of thing (2 pipes with 8 tips), judging by this picture of the Bugatti W16 - Link

  14. Those exhausts are also a throwback to the quad exhausts on older Bugattis. I think the Type 57 had them. I'm excited to see this one.

  15. its going to have a split rear window, sort of like a Zagato !

  16. its a shame that the "Bordeaux" wont be presented.
    i like others dont think the name is representative of the brand but they havent done anything wrong so far so i trust their judgement !

  17. panamera anyone? and bugatti doesnt exactly have the prettiest brand styling either. so you have the body of one of the ugliest cars that a lot of money can buy.. mixed with some of the least impressive styling the italians have done in years, mashed together to give you the fastest most ugliest car that a whole lot of money still wont even buy because its going to be stupidly expensive.

  18. its panamera

  19. really really beautyfull i love !

  20. big chrome saab. just as ugly as the veyron. good going bugatti...

  21. It doesn't look very special, I don't want to bag Bugatti but I think my concept " Vagniez " is far better than this... I took the name off Andre Vagniez who offered financial help to Pierre Veyron.

  22. Anyone who thinks that looks like a Panamera needs their eyes checked.

  23. It is pretty striking how similar it comes to the Panamera silhouette. Who knows -- maybe VW had the Porsche deal in its mind long before it let on?

  24. Porsche Panamera is itself influenced by the old 1992 Bugatti EB112 concept sedan. The Galibier is very much a reviving of style from the old Bugatti like Type57 SC Altantic.
    Hard to believe some posts think the polished aluminum (not painted) is chrome.
    The car is a concept at the moment, expect the final version to be more impressive.

  25. i think this car is 1 of the worlds most exotic its fantastic

  26. According to preliminary data, the car is set W16 engine from the Veyron model. Instead of four turbochargers mounted on the drive blowers, and power is 800 horsepower instead of 1001. Transmission of the new sedan - eight-"machine" and not robotized transmission with dual-clutch installed on Veyron.

  27. Luxury at its best, the watch remains the best part

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