New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

Bugatti teases four-door Veyron

2010-03-19 07:56
Despite its official ‘concept’ billing you can see Bugatti is just aching to build its four-door 16C Galibier – especially judging by the raft of production specification cabin details.

The Galibier was first shown to a group of (extremely) wealthy car enthusiasts at Bugatti’s Molsheim headquarters late last year. At the time it was billed as being,’ the most exclusive, elegant and powerful four-door automotive in the world’. We’d hardly argue with such a grandiose statement…

This year the 16C Galibier was shown off more democratically at the Geneva auto show. Now VW’s released some very stylish images of the four-door ‘concept’ – furthering rumours that it might be heading for production.

Judged solely from the images VW’s circulated, the ‘four-door Veyron’s’ styling is rapture inducing and detailing exquisite. Beyond the elegant aluminium and carbon-fibre surfacing and substantial proportions, 16C Galibier’s configured to possess performance which should make a Panamera Turbo wince.

Concept cars usually feature outlandish digital instrumentation. The Galibier's engine- and road-speed dial set-up looks pretty much ready to go into production.

Supercharged, no turbos

Powered by a detuned version of the Veyron’s 8l W16 engine, Galibier’s estimated 600kW power peak is boosted by twin superchargers instead of the Veyron’s quad turbo set-up.

Industry insiders expect the Galibier, if (when) it comes to production, to be the first production four-door to dip under three seconds for the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint before powering on to a 386km/h top speed. Sporting two sets of quad exhausts (eight pipe ends in total) the 16C Galibier brooks no argument as to its performance capabilities.

Despite VW’s cagey comments about the production future of the car, we’d say the outlandish (yet road legal) finishes and profit opportunity to sell these C16 Galibiers at around $1.5m a piece will prove an irresistible business opportunity.

When Veyron production runs out just in 2012, its replacement might just have room for the kids to come along for a 380km/h ride…


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