When news that Bugatti was working on a four-door ultra-sedan, called the Galibier, was first announced, our interest was thoroughly piqued. It was to receive the Veyron’s insane quad-turbo W-16 powerplant, likely making it the fastest four-door car in the world. Those dreams though, appear to be dashed, as reports indicate that the Galibier will not take shape. But there is some good news from Bugatti.
According to Motor Trend, the fate of the Galibier was swayed by the multiple changeovers of Bugatti CEOs. The project was announced three years ago, under then-CEO Franz-Joseph Paefgen. When Paefgen retired, new CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said there would be powertrain changes. But now, under Wolfgang Schreiber, it looks like the Bugatti uber-sedan is DOA.
Schreiber was the engineering chief in the development of the original Veyron. While he did announce the end of the Galibier, as well as the oft-rumored Super-Veyron, Schreiber did state that the replacement for the 16-cylinder supercar is in development.
According to the Bugatti CEO, the brand does not have the bandwidth to take on a supercar and a super sedan. History is on the side of this assertion. In the 1920s and 1930s, Bugatti was well-known for its sports coupes, but only sold six examples of the Royale sedan. Thought the Galibier may be dead, we can forgive, with this new word of a Veyron replacement on the way.