The extreme Bugatti Galibier 16C has received the green light for production last month. Now it looks like the production Galibier may get a name change to Royale.
The news is a bit sketchy, but the Royale name does have a basis in Bugatti history. Back in the late 20s, Bugatti made the Type 41, which was commonly known as the Royale.
At that time, it was a big four-door saloon that was aimed exclusively at clients of high birth. The car was powered by a 12.7-liter straight-eight monster designed with the explicit premise of sales to royalty. Again – 12.7-liter engine! However, Bugatti made only six.
Back to our days, the next generation super sedan from Bugatti will be made Molsheim, France where the Veyron is made. The car will cost about 1 million Euros and will get its power from an 8.0-liter turbocharged W-16 engine rated at 800-horsepower mated to a dual-clutch gearbox.
No one knows exactly when the car will be available (most probability in 2012 – 13), but the automaker expects to sell a total of 3,000 pieces in less than six years.
Until then take a look at the Galibier 16C photo gallery