In September 2009, Bugatti introduced the world to the Galibier 16C, an absolutely stunning, elegantly appointed sedan that used the same massive, 16-cylinder engine as its Veyron supercar. Bugatti called the car "the most exclusive, elegant and powerful four door automobile in the world." And staring at the blue carbon fiber and polished aluminum body, one couldn't even come up with the words to argue any of those distinctions.
Since that time, Bugatti has remained coy about the prospect of building the 16C Galibier. It never denied that it was planning on it, but never confirmed it either. Rumors and reports from eager media folks, on the other hand, have long pointed to future production.
The most recent report surfaced out of Germany last month, and indicate that a Bugatti sedan is indeed in the works.
The new report throws a few curveballs, though. The Bugatti sedan of the future will be built on top of the Audi A8's platform. While it's likely that the sedan will draw at least a little influence from the 16C, it's not yet clear if it will be based wholly on the 16C or will be a new car unto itself. And in shifting its sights toward a four-door, Bugatti will drop its longtime flagship Veyron.
That last piece of the puzzle comes at a time when Volkswagen, Bugatti's parent company, is trying to extract a profit out of its lowest volume brand. VW sees the best way of doing this as shifting production toward a more volume-friendly car like a sedan. While the market for a $1 million + ultra-luxury sedan with a supercharged 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine may never be large, it should appeal to more folks than a 250+ mph, two-seat hypercar. At least that's what VW is reportedly banking on in stopping Veyron production as of 2014.
Bugatti never released power or performance figures for the 16C concept, but it was reportedly designed to put out somewhere between 800 and the Veyron's 1,000 horsepower. With that kind of power on tap, it shouldn't be hard to live up to the booking of world's fastest sedan. We'll see if the production sedan is as potent, or if it is toned down a little more to offer a wider, more affordable appeal.
Via: World Car Fans