Bugatti had been a dead name before the Veyron, they were never talked about in any importance, they were neglected and forgotten. Post Veyron however Bugatti were expected to produce the greatest cars ever thought of, they were comic book cars with incredible cars with hilarious top speeds and outrageous power figures, which is why it was strange that the first car Bugatti unveiled after the Veyron, was the Galibier, a 4 door super saloon. Originally unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show, the Galibier was supposed to be the incredibly powerful super saloon that was set to break records and peoples wallets.
However after the Auto show the car was pretty much forgotten about, shelved by VW much like the name Bugatti was 20 years ago. But there have been rumblings about the return of the Galibier since VW, Bugatti’s parent company ran into a certain emissions problem that many of you may not have heard about. According to rumours Wolfgang Durheimer is considering 4 different models one of which is the Galibier designed to go up against the likes of the Rolls Royce Phantom, another a SUV to go up against the new Rolls Royce Cullinan and another being a smaller less powerful super car to sit below the new Chiron. Durheimer commented to Autocar that the Galibier was his favourite saying: “My heart continues to beat for this car, because we had some revolutionary approaches that no one to date has yet dared to place into production.”
Its unlikely we will see the Galibier till 2018 at the earliest the original plans were for it to go on sale in 2014 but it was abandoned when Durheimer left for Audi, however he returned to Bugatti in 2015 and made the Galibier his priority. The Galibier is planned to have a similar platform to the Porsche Panamera, a front engined four wheel drive layout, but don’t expect any Veyron engines to enter into the equation, the Galibier is being designed to be much more of a Luxury car than a tyre bursting world beater.
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