Following the roll out of the legendary 254 mph Bugatti Veyron 16.4, the French automaker showed the world its 16C Galibier sedan, essentially a four-door Veyron that was destined to be one of the fastest sedans ever made. The Galibier was set for a 2014-15 release date, but former Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Schreiber revealed to Top Gear earlier this year that “there will not be a four-door Bugatti,” putting any hope for the model to rest.
The Galibier’s life has been chalk full of on-again-off again-rumors in regards to its production. Despite Schreiber attempting to put four-door Bugatti rumors to rest once and for all earlier this year, more speculation surrounding its arrival has arose. Current Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Durheimer recently revealed to Automotive News that the Galibier project “is on ice,” but noted he revisits the project every now and again.
The biggest problem with the Galibier was the timing. Bugatti may still want to produce the car, but the timing has to be right. With the automaker set to release a successor to the record-breaking Veyron next year, they wouldn’t want that car to completely over shadow the four-door car. The Galibier was initially axed as it might have confused customers who previously thought the brand was a super sports car company, not a luxury brand like a four-door sedan would suggest.
“Everyone knows that Bugatti is the ultimate super sportscar. It’s easier for current owners, and others who are interested, to understand if we do something similar to the Veyron,” Schreiber told TG in January.