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Galibier will set new saloon standard

DAVE MOORE
Last updated 14:00 25/09/2012
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SPEEDY SEDAN: The Bugatti Galibier.

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The fabulous Bugatti Veyron, famous for being irrefutably the world's fastest car and having 1000 horsepower under its engine cover, has found all the owners its production run was created for. Now there's a family version of the W16 car which can seat at least four good-sized adults.

It's called the Bugatti 16C Galibier and it was first revealed as a concept in late 2009 as a proposal for the planned second model in the Bugatti lineup. This four-door, four-seat super sedan was created specifically to be as impressive in terms of performance as the Veyron itself.

Now, just two years out from a proposed launch date, Bugatti chief executive Wolfgang Durheimer has let out a few more details about the upcoming model.

On tap, Durheimer says the all- new Galibier will come with "over 1000bhp" that's more than 746kW to metric fans - which really doesn't sound nearly as impressive. The car will also exceed 378kmh, says Durheimer, thanks to its twin- turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 flex-fuel engine. All these exhaust fumes will be sent to the rear of the car via eight titanium exhaust tips.

Stating the obvious, Herr Durheimer also says that the Galibier will be "faster than anything on the market".

The saloon is expected to hit the market for the 2015 model year, with the sign-off point for the car likely to occur at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, followed by an extravaganza at either the August 2014 Pebble Beach Concours or the Goodwood Revival meeting.

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