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by Brett Davis

Bugatti’s parent company Volkswagen AG has approved production plans for the mighty Bugatti 16C Galibier four-door road rocket. The car will feature the famous 1001hp (746kW) W16 engine and be priced at a colossal one million euro (around $1,368,000 at current exchange rate).

We first saw the Bugatti 16C Galibier at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, with its chrome panels and huge potential road presence. At first the concept was just a concept, but Bugatti and Volkswagen have been going over possible production plans in the past year and now the car will actually hit the market – although, like the Bugatti Veyron, it’s very unlikely it will ever make it to Australia.

Apart from the addition of two extra doors and two rear seats over the Bugatti Veyron, the 16C Galibier will adopt a front engine layout as opposed to the Veyron’s mid-ship layout. The 8.0-litre W16 will also do without the quad turbocharger units and receive a more efficient twin-supercharger set-up instead. Don’t worry though, overall power outputs are said to remain unchanged and the 16C will still boast 1000hp.

The 16C will feature the same all-wheel drive set-up and the same seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox as the smaller record-breaking hypercar. Even though the Veyron was built purely as an ultra luxurious speed machine, the larger, more luxurious 16C is set to follow in the same footsteps. It might even break a few records for the fastest production four-door sedan when it hits the road.

For now, we’ll have to wait and see how development turns out for the Galibier before making any performance assumptions. A Bloomberg report said an undisclosed source who revealed the production details expected the model to hit the market sometime in 2013 or 2014.




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