VW group executives are still debating the future of the flagship four-door Bugatti, previewed by the 2010 16C Galibier concept car.
The car is still several years away from launch, with 2015-2016 set as a realistic debut date.
Wolfgang Schreiber, the new boss of Bentley (which is also responsible for Bugatti), told Autocar magazine that there is still work to do on the Galibier project. “We are still working on the Galibier concept, but I would say it is more difficult to fulfil all the requirements for Bugatti customers than Bentley customers,” Schreiber said.
The executive knows Bugatti well, as he is a former technical chief and managing director of the ultra-luxury carmaker based in Molsheim, France. According to Schreiber, one of the difficulties facing the Bugatti team is satisfying its demanding customer base, a task that slows the progress of the Galibier project.
“The Veyron and derivatives of the Veyron are very focused on the needs of the customers. If you now switch to a different type of car, it is very necessary to evaluate the needs of the customer. The launch date is still not decided yet,” Schreiber said.
This doesn’t mean that the luxury four-door saloon is not needed, as Schreiber said the brand needs a second model to sit next the Veyron.