Talk about a Swan Song. Wolfgang Dürheimer is moving to Audi and before he does he has a mission that sounds like it’s going to be one of the most exciting projects coming out of the automotive design industry in quite a few years, if not the history of design. This project is to lead the development of the Bugatti 16C Galibier. Rewind to 2009 when the concept in two tones hit the scene. Everyone was talking about this four seat fastback and the rumors and leaks have not slowed down in these past three years. While many speculated that this car would never make it into production, it was given the green light in 2011 and was scheduled to start production this year.
Well, the Bugatti 16C Galibier still has the green light, but the production has been pushed back to next year because of new developments that will be included in this mouth dropping machine. For instance, the original model was estimated to have less than 1,000 horsepower, which according to the average driver is still a face melting proposition. It was also rumored to have an optional hybrid power. But what was being though up wasn’t outrageous enough for the Bugatti tribe, so they ditched the preliminary plans and got to work on designing something, and get this, the four digit mark in horsepower will be reached.
Of course, this will push production back again and the current plans are talking about 2015 for the next date to start building this beasts for the roadways. No figures are set in stone though and while Durheimer seems giddy to release enough tidbits to keep us salivating, this baby is set to got around 1,400 non-hybridized horsepower to make sure it easily reaches the 235 miles per hour range. If durheimer and his crew reach this goal, the Bugatti Galibier will be the fastest sportster on the market, even above the aftermarket segment.
Source Car and Driver