2010 Bugatti 16C Galibier Brochure
Years ago, it must have been about 2011, while visiting the modern Bugatti headquarters at Molsheim, I received a couple of brochures from Julius Kruta, who was the head of the history department there at that time.
One of these was about the new concept, the modern Galibier. Not a printed brochure though, but a CD with photographs and a press release, in a dark blue cover. You can see from this how fast the development of technology goes. Nowadays it would be just a QR-code, to some website link which after a year or less will have vanished.
What also vanished was the Galibier concept; it was occasionally referred to as an option at some later date, but the modern four-door Bugatti Saloon was not to be.
Printed below the contents of the Press release.
The Bugatti 16C Galibier concept premieres at
Volkswagen Group Night in Geneva 2010
The most exclusive, elegant and powerful four-door automobile in the world
Geneva, 1 March 2010 – What was revealed as the climax of the centenary celebration
ceremonies last September at Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim to a small group of
customers and opinion leaders will now be shown exclusively to a wider media audience at the
Volkswagen Group Evening in Geneva: the Bugatti 16C Galibier concept – planned to be the
most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four-door automobile in the world.
Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. emphasised that this Galibier is a
concept study which the company is considering for the future of the Bugatti marque, but said that
the initial feedback received from customers and opinion formers on it had been very positive.
Arte - Forme - Technique: these are the brand values which guided Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean
in their quest to develop even more powerful engines and even more striking body designs for all
their new models, which were without equal in quality, handling, speed and elegance. In the process,
they experimented again and again without compromise with new materials; thus Bugatti was the
first manufacturer to use aluminium wheels in series-production cars.
Arte - Forme - Technique are also the brand values which have guided the design and engineering
team of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. in the development of the Galibier. With this new four-door
concept car, Bugatti assumes anew a leading role in the use of new material combinations. The
concept on show utilises a mix of carbon fibre parts and aluminium, painted in Atlantic Black.
Carbon fibre possesses great rigidity but is also extremely light.
The 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 Veyron, and reinterprets it. With the typical Bugatti radiator
grille, unusual round LED headlights and the characteristic centre spine running the length of the
vehicle (a design feature which has been synonymous with the marque since it first appeared under
Jean Bugatti in the Type 57S), this car updates the Bugatti DNA for 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 so special is that it was developed as a flex-fuel
engine, and can optionally be run on ethanol. Four-wheel drive, specially developed ceramic brakes
and a new suspension design give the car agile, precise handling despite its saloon dimensions.
The interior reflects the elemental design of the exterior. The dash panel has been reduced to the
essentials; two centrally located main instruments keep even the rear passengers constantly informed
of the actual speed and utilised performance. Parmigiani Fleurier, the Swiss manufacturer of prestige
watches, created the Bugatti tourbillon concept for the Galibier: a tourbillion watch integrated in
the car’s dashboard that can be removed and transformed – thanks to the cleverly designed supports
– into a wristwatch, a pocket watch or a table clock.
“Galibier” is not just the name of one of the most difficult Alpine passes to feature in the Tour de
France but, in its time, was also the name of a four-door Type 57 variant unequalled in sportiness