Originally, the rumor was that the Galibier would ring in at $1.4 million, with 800 horsepower generated by a 16-cylinder engine. However, when asked recently for an update on the model's power, Durheimer coyly said that "'We should be thinking of a minimum of 1000 horsepower for all Bugattis". That boost in power might explain his subsequent hint that the Galibier will come at "an extraordinary price" -- potentially higher than the Veyron's $1.7 million.
That sky-high tag shouldn't come as any surprise from a brand that's staked its reputation on building some of the fastest, most exclusive autos on the planet. But given the fragile state of the economy in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere, it does raise questions about how many likely buyers Bugatti might have for the new model. (That probably explains why the company has been privately showing off a prototype of the Galibier to prospective buyers in an effort to gauge their interest.)
What's most interesting, however, is that production of the Galibier doesn't seem like a done deal -- not yet, anyway. Durheimer's most recent statements indicate that he's still discussing the Galibier with his board of directors, and that he has put forward a proposal to build it. That jibes with our report from yesterday, which said the Galibier remains "under evaluation" by Bugatti's parent company, Volkswagen.
Durheimer seems optimistic about the Galibier's future, but will the numbers hold up? Feel free to weigh in with your own opinion -- optimistic or pessimistic -- below.