The most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four-door automobile in the world is very likely to make a dazzling appearance in the upcoming Los Angeles Motor Show. The Bugatti 16C Galibier which will drain US$1.4 million from its owner's bank account features an 8.0 liter 16-cylinder engine also employed in the Veyron, although the power output is said to be dialed down from the Veyron's 747kW (1001hp) and 125 0Nm of torque. to what extend the power is reduced is not mention in the press release though. You are never to rich to be green as the engine is design to run on ethanol too.
The press release does stress on 3 key words which is art, form & technique.
Arte - Forme - Technique: those are the brand values by which Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean oriented
themselves in order to develop even more powerful engines and even more noble body designs for each new model, which were unequaled in quality, handling, speed and elegance. In the process, they experimented again and again with new materials; thus was Bugatti one of the first manufacturers to use aluminium parts for bodies, engine blocks and wheels.
Arte - Forme - Technique are also the brand values by which the design and engineering team at Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. oriented themselves in the development of the Galibier. With this new four-door concept car, Bugatti assumes once again a leading role in the use of new material combinations. For example, the body is constructed of handmade carbon fibre parts coloured dark blue so that, when illuminated, the woven structure strikingly shimmers through. Carbon fibre not only possesses exceptionally great rigidity but is also especially light. The wings and doors are made out of polished aluminium.
According to the press release, "Galibier" is not just the name of one of the most difficult alpine passes along the Tour de France but, in its time, was a version of the four-door Type 57, unequaled in sportiness and elegance. It even had Parmigiani, the Swiss maker of fine watches, created a removable tourbillion clock for the Galibier, which may be worn on the wrist using their proprietary leather strap. Being a careless person myself I rather leave the watch on the dashboard and get myself another fine chronometer. To date the Bugatti 16C Galibier still remains as a concept.