Executives within the Volkswagen group are close to making a final decision on putting the Bugatti Galibier super sedan into production. According to Autocar, the Bugatti sedan could go on sale by fall 2013.
First shown in concept form two years ago, the Galibier will become Bugatti’s halo car, replacing the Veyron. Like the Veyron, we expect the new sedan to have an 8.0-liter W-16 engine, but instead of twin turbochargers, the Galibier will get dual superchargers. The Veyron’s eight-speed transmission and all-wheel-drive system will also be co-opted for the Galibier.
Earlier reports suggested that the Galibier would produce less power than the Veyron; however, Bugatti executives now reportedly want power in excess off four digits — that means more than 1000 hp — and vow that the Galibier will be the fastest car on the road. That could result in a top speed north of 260 mph and a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.0 seconds or less.
Although we had previously heard that the Galibier might debut in fall 2012, it sounds like last-minute development changes are delaying the car. Autocar reports that Bugatti chief Wolfgang Dürheimer wants more interior space in the new car, including a more spacious back seat.
Assuming all goes to plan Autocar says that customers will receive their Galibiers by fall 2013 for a price approaching £1.5 million (about $2.5 million). Bugatti is expected to build between 500 and 1500 copies of the car over the course of five to six years.