According to a report from InsideLine, Bugatti chief Wolfgang Durheimer has put the Galibier 16C on hold, because according to him, the supercar needs more power, space and comfort.
“It’s 800 horsepower now, but there are tuners today who can give you that and we don’t want our car to be involved in any discussion that involves tuners, so we have to move the benchmarks,” the executive was quoted as saying by the aforementioned source.
A decision will be made later this year about the future of the Galibier after Durheimer posed some tricky questions to Bugatti’s engineering team about comfort, interior space and performance, sources said.
The source explains: “In his opinion, there should not even be a question about the best car in the world when you sit down to discuss it with your billionaire buddies. He doesn’t want to build it until it’s the car that finishes the argument, not the car that starts it.”
The news comes just a month after the automaker said the Calibier will enter in production. Unveiled as a concept in 2009, the 16C Galibier had a detuned version of the Veyron’s engine, with 900bhp and increased torque.
A spokesperson for the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.