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Bugatti 16C Galibier

In the history of cars, there have been a few cars that have remained legends of their times and have inherited the title of timeless; from the Mercedes 300 Gullwing to the Porsche GT1, they have earned their right to remain in our hearts for eternity. Bugatti on the other hand is not a company that we remember well from the past but rather from the present. Their Veyron is still to this day one of the most striking, exquisite and most expensive cars ever made. As we all know every legend needs a following and therefore Bugatti went back on to the drawing board to bring attention to their old Galibier model, which many of us have never heard of but I have a feeling that after we discover this latest masterpiece from Bugatti, we will forever remember it as the legend it is bound to become. Introducing the Bugatti Galibier 16C and yes, it is epic.

Bugatti 16C Galibier pic headlights

This newest Bugatti, the 16C Galibier is no longer a concept and in full limited production. Many of us will never have the pleasure of owning one or even sitting in one, but knowing this type of craftsmanship exists in a supercar is simply a glimpse of things to come in the future of cars. The 16C Galibier is simply superb in design, it features the same lines as the Buggati Veyron but adds so much more. From the old school hood release pictured above, to the 4 exhaust pipes on each side, the car remains on point with its original counterpart from back in the day. One distinctive feature are the new headlight LED design that is simply striking and gorgeous to look at and looks very alien. The car will share the same W16 1000HP engine that powers the Veyron but will be re-tuned for a smoother ride. The main attraction to this car is its interior which is second to none, we have yet to see an interior that comes close. We brought you the best exotic sport sedans due to be released this year, and yet none come near the beauty of this one. The interior features a fully built MAC on board computer which is accessible though the driver’s gauge bezel and a center console that extends all the way to the rear seats, creating a ride that translates into 4 unique experiences. The interior also comes with a uniquely designed $36,000 tourbillon time piece which can be removed and put into a removable band, which is made from the same material as the, making you remember why you are who you are, even after you leave the car.

Bugatti 16C Galibier

Here is what Bugatti’s CEO had to say in the press release of the newest Bugatti 16C Galibier 4 door sedan:

The concept for succeeding the two-door, mid-engine Veyron offers a more conventional four-door, front-engine body style with bragging rights that pale only in comparison to its record-breaking for bearer: the 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine would carry over, albeit de-tuned from its 1000+ hp output in the Veyron to “only” 800, while sources suggest that the Veyron’s purpose-built dual-clutch transmission would be replaced with a more conventional torque-converter eight-speed automatic. With less power and a larger shape, the Galibier is tipped to reach a 220 mph top speed – a good thirty less than the Veyron’s top end, but still miles ahead of even the fastest production sedans.”

Art – Form – Technique: those are the brand values to which Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean oriented themselves in order to develop even more powerful engines and even more noble body designs for each new model, which were without equal in quality, handling, speed and elegance. In the process, they experimented again and again without compromise with new materials; thus was Bugatti one of the first manufacturers to use aluminum parts for bodies, engine blocks and wheels.

Art – Form – Technique are also the brand values to which the design and engineering team of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. oriented themselves in the development of the Bugatti Galibier. With this new four-door concept car, Bugatti assumes anew a leading role in the use of new material combination. Thus the body is constructed of handmade carbon fiber parts colored dark blue so that, when illuminated, the woven structure shimmers through strikingly. Carbon fiber not only possesses unusually great rigidity but is also especially light. The wings and doors are out of polished aluminum.

bugatti 16c concept picture
The Bugatti Galibier’s design masters the challenge of uniting sportiness with the comfort and elegance of a modern four-door saloon. The basic architecture picks up on the torpedo-like character of the Type 35, which was already revived in the Bugatti Veyron, and reinterprets it. With the typical Bugatti radiator grille, big round LED headlights and the clam shell running the length of the vehicle which became synonymous with the brand identity under Jean Bugatti in the Type 57, this car transports the Bugatti genes into the modern world.

Beneath the bonnet, which folds back from both sides, there resides a 16-cylinder, 8-litre engine with two stage supercharging. What makes this engine special is that it was developed as a flex-fuel engine and can optional be run on ethanol. Four-wheel drive, specially developed ceramic brakes and a new suspension design enable the agile, always-sure handling of a saloon of this size.

The interior reflects the elemental design of the exterior. The dash panel has been reduced to the essential; two centrally located main instruments keep even the rear passengers constantly informed of the actual speed and previous performance. Parmigiani, the Swiss maker of fine watches, created the removable Reverso Tourbillon clock for the Bugatti Galibier, which may be worn on the wrist thanks to a cleverly designed leather strap.

“Galibier” is not just the name of one of the most difficult alpine passes along the Tour de France but, in its time, was a version of the four door Type 57 unequalled in sportiness and elegance.

Bugatti 16C Galibier

There you have it, the birth of the sexiest car in the world, the fully redesigned Bugatti Galibier 16C, with its 800 HP, its $36,000 watch and of course its state of the art hand built interior, it is guaranteed to seduce even those that don’t believe in paying $1.5 Million for a car, but yet again you only live once. Enjoy our Bugatti 16c video reel in our video section and off course the gallery below.