The Bugatti Galibier – Bugatti’s four-door, super saloon concept – is still on the cards as a future Bugatti model, says Bugatti’s boss.
The 2016 Geneva Motor Show has seen the debut of the Bugatti Chiron, and finally putting to be the idea that Bugatti would follow up the Veyron with a four-door, super saloon as it clearly planned as far back as 2009. Or has it?
In fact, it looks like the idea of the Bugatti Galibier (we always preferred the idea of resurrecting the Bugatti Royale name for the ultimate saloon car) is still very much on the cards, according to Bugatti boss Wolfgang Duerheimer.
Speaking to Automotive News at the Geneva Motor Show, Duerheimer said he “can’t get the idea of a four-door limousine out of my head”, which could mean Bugatti’s next trick will be to revive the Galibier idea and get it in to production.
If indeed the Galibier is now back on the cards, Bugatti will have far more power to throw at it thanks to the Chiron’s 1500PS W16, but it also looks like Bugatti are now looking at other ways to extract power and improve efficiency.
Duerheimer also said that although Bugatti didn’t consider hybrid power for the Chiron because of the added weight, he said they haven’t ruled out using it in the future. And what better way than in a Galibier?
But much of what Bugatti does in the future is probably down to how well VW – Bugatti’s parent – copes with the dieselgate crisis still engulfing it.
But maybe Bugatti is immune to that (apart from development funds), as all things diesel are about as far away from Bugatti as you could imagine.