To keep the concept's front-engined layout.
Bugatti took the wraps off the rather stunning 16 C Galibier concept almost seven years ago and since then there have been countless rumors about it reaching production phase. That might happen after all since Autocar has learned from the company’s boss Wolfgang Dürheimer the model is seriously being considered, along with three other ‘strategic ideas.’
If it will receive the stamp of approval, the production-ready Galibier is expected to be underpinned by a modified version of Porsche’s MSB platform which served as foundation for the all-new Panamera and will also be used by future Bentleys. If that’s going to be the case, it means the Galibier will remain faithful to the front-engined layout of the concept before it and at the same time it will be considerably different than the mid-engined Chiron.
But if the head honchos at the Volkswagen Group will not green light the Galibier, they might decide to approve a super-luxurious SUV to take on the Bentley Bentayga and the forthcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Other models being considered include a sub-Chiron more attainable supercar and a 6-meter spiritual successor for the famous 6.4-meter Bugatti Royale, but with an electric powertrain.
Autocar goes on to specify the Galibier was approved for production back in 2011, with the Moslheim-based marque deciding to make as much as 3,000 units over eight years. However, when Dürheimer made the switch to Audi in 2013, development was suddenly halted when his replacement, Wolfgang Schreiber, channeled the company’s efforts on the Veyron replacement. But Dürheimer returned in 2015 and decided to put the Galibier back on the drawing board as he is keen on the idea of a four-door Bugatti. That being said, it might not be launched during the Chiron’s life cycle, so even if it will be approved, the Galibier is unlikely to come out this decade.