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The Bugatti Galibier – All The Car You Really Need


When is enough, enough? Why, when it’s a Bugatti of course. In 2009 the specialist company debuted the 16C Galibier with possible production slated for 2015. Well, now it looks likely to appear sooner, maybe in 2013/4. There it is in the picture. Jaw-dropping is probably an apt description. How much? Pushing the door of one million pounds seems likely. More if you want a radio, of course. That’s a joke, by the way.

Officially, the Galibier was built to gauge customer reaction to the idea of a four door, four seat Bugatti. Presumably the reaction was ‘Cor!’ or something similar because, with production of the Veyron due to end this year, the company needs to have something ready to top that astonishing car.

As ever, news about new cars tends to leech out over time and more about the Bugatti is coming to light. Is just the one thousand brake horse power enough, one wonders? Can one manage with a mere 8.0L W16 engine – the same one that powers the Veyron but with two mechanical superchargers rather than the sports car‘s turbos? It’s a thorny dilemma. The top speed is apparently around the 235mph mark which suggests that by the time the speed camera has flashed your car will already be just a blur in the distance – so no ticketing worries, then.

The car is reckoned to be equipped with a conventional 8-speed auto transmission rather than a DSG system. Most of the body is, as you would expect for that money, carbon fibre, with the exception of the wings and doors which will be aluminium. The front end of the chassis is also rumoured to made of carbon fibre. On the face of it this massive car should be very heavy but the word is that Bugatti is trying to make it the lightest in its class. This rather begs the question:

‘And what class is that then?’

As it seems to be in a class of its own then it is presumably both the lightest and heaviest at the same time, although it is doubtful that buyers will concern themselves greatly anyway.

The company state that the styling is based on the Bugatti Type 57 Atlantique model (google this and be in awe) which makes the new car a hatchback, although not as we know it, Jim. The interior is a minimalist’s dream. It truly is an exquisite piece of design with the sweeping wooden dash dominated by two large dials in the centre giving power and speed information. There is a small pod behind the steering wheel as usual, presumably with all the supplementary info.

For the average motorist this car will presumably fit the bill, more or less. There’s storage space and seats for all the family and it has a convenient hatchback. Sure, it’s probably a little thirsty but hey, if it’s all the car you really need, what’s the point in nit-picking?

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