It’ll be just like a Prius…with a 16 cylinder motor.
According to Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Durheimer, the Galibier will be available with a hybrid powertrain when it goes on sale, giving the $1.5 million+ sedan the ability to drive in cities that are cracking down on high-polluting vehicles. "I can't imagine a Galibier owner leaving their car at the park-and-ride and catching a bus. That's why we need to offer a hybrid with this car," Durheimer told CAR Magazine. However, if you live in a land with more libertarian views on vehicular propulsion, you won't have a hybrid foisted upon you; Durheimer says he knows not all markets want a hybrid Bugatti, so the Galibier will also be available without the electric drive components as well.
The CEO dropped a few other hints about his company's upcoming super sports sedan: the car maker is seeking to build around 3,000 examples over the model's lifetime; the dual-clutch transmission from the Veyron will be used, along with the W16 motor; and there will be porcelain trim in the interior, so it's probably not the best car to be picked up after a night of partying has left you sloppy drunk.
Durheimer also let slip that the Galibier wouldn't be the only car in the Bugatti lineup once the Veyron's production run ends; the car maker will create another sports car using the W16 engine in the not-too-distant future. "We can have one car biased more towards racing, and one for the road," he said. [via CAR]
Pictured: Bugatti Galibier Concept and Bugatti Veyron