The Galibier concept alongside the Veyron Photo: caricos
The Galibier concept alongside the Veyron
Photo: caricos

Bugatti has become the benchmark when it comes to ultra luxury, high performance vehicles thanks to the Veyron and now the latest model, and our personal favorite thus far the Chiron. If you have followed Bugatti you might remember back in 2009 they released a concept called the Galibier, that was said to be the most powerful and luxurious four door car ever created. It would feature the same 8.0L quad turbo W16 engine that’s found in both the Veyron and Chiron which at bare minimum would produce 1,000hp.

2009 Galiber Concept Photo: caricos
2009 Galibier Concept
Photo: caricos
2009 Galibier concept interior Photo: caricos
2009 Galibier concept interior
Photo: caricos

When the Galibier concept was released Bugatti had claimed that it would be releasing a production version by 2013 and we could expect to see as many as 3,000 examples made. It was projected to cost close to $2 million and was going to redefine what it meant to be a high end luxury performance car. However it was announced in 2011 that Bugatti had placed the Galibier on the back burner to be address at a later time. Then in 2014 Bugatti President, Wolfgang Schreiber shot down any plans of building the four door super saloon when he told sources at Top Gear that “Bugatti will never manufacture the Galibier nor SuperVeyron because it will confuse their customers”. Now this was after the Veyron Super Sport was released so we’re not sure what he meant by the “SuperVeyron”, but it was a bummer to hear that the Galibier had been scrapped all together, or so we thought.

Artist rendering of what the new Galibier could look like Photo: autocar
Artist rendering of what the new Galibier could look like
Photo: autocar

We were quite happy to see that rumors had been circulating that Bugatti has resurrected those plans for the mighty four door super saloon. It is poised to compete with the high end cars like the Rolls Royce and Bentley, but with the performance Bugatti is now know for. They plan to use the same engine as its other models, although it would be set up in a front engine configuration versus the mid-engine Veyron and Chiron. Now that we know they can coax as much as 1500hp out of the quad turbo W16 its fairly safe to say that the Galibier would easily become the most powerful Sedan in the world, if it actually gets made. We aren’t holding our breathe, but we damn sure are crossing our fingers with hope that we will see a production version at some point in the future.

2009 Galiber Concept Photo: caricos
2009 Galibier Concept
Photo: caricos

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