Bugatti, the maker of the world’s fastest production car, said it will produce the 16C Galibier sedan, adding a four-door model to its lineup.
The Galibier, which premiered as a concept vehicle at the 2010 Geneva auto show, has a 1,000-horsepower engine and may cost about $1.4 million, said the people, who declined to be named as the plans are still private.
Wolfgang Duerheimer, the former development chief at Porsche AG who took over as head of Bugatti and Bentley in February, has been pushing VW managers to approve production of the Galibier since taking charge.
Full specifications for the Galibier have never been revealed, although the Veyron’s seven-speed DSG transmission is believed to have been swapped out for an eight-speed automatic. Its name is a historical reference to the Bugatti Type 57 Galibier and to the tradition to give to some of the Type 57 the names of alpine mountain passes, here Col du Galibier. The prototype sports a hood which opens in two parts, similar to the one of the Cadillac Sixteen.
Four- and five-door models (or just larger four-seat cars) seem to be a growing segment of the super-luxury market, with the Porsche Panamera selling strongly, the new Ferrari FF sold out for a full year, and Lamborghini seriously considering an Estoque-style four-door saloon.