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by George Skentzos

As the climax of its centenary celebrations, Bugatti has unveiled its first concept vehicle which could set the course for the future of the ultra-luxury and ultra-performance marque.

Intended to be the most exclusive, elegant and powerful four door vehicle in the world, the Bugatti 16 C Galibier Concept is one of several concept studies with which the company is considering for the future of the brand.

With this new four-door concept, Bugatti has used a concoction of exotic materials, with the body constructed from handmade carbon fibre parts coloured dark blue so that the mesh shimmers vibrantly in the light.

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The wings and doors are formed from polished aluminium with the basic architecture picking up on the torpedo-like character of the Type 35, which has already been revived for the Veyron.

With the trademark Bugatti radiator grille, large LED headlights and clamshell running the length of the vehicle, this car yet again transports classic Bugatti genes into the modern world.

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Under the bonnet, which folds back from both sides, is a 16-cylinder 8.0-litre engine using twostage supercharging which has been tuned as a flex-fuel engine to run on ethanol.

To translate the no-doubt sizeable power figures to forward momentum, the 16 C Galibier Concept feature all-wheel-drive, specially developed ceramic brakes and a new suspension design.

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Inside, the dash has been reduced to the essential, two centrally located main instruments displaying speed and previous performance – similar to the Veyron.

Parmigiani, the Swiss maker of fine watches, created the removable Reverso Tourbillon clock for the Galibier, which may be worn on the wrist thanks to a cleverly designed leather strap.




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