The last year or so has seen a slew of new luxury four seater supercars appear at motor shows around the world. At Frankfurt recently, Swipelife was lucky enough to get a close-up look at a lot of the contenders in this upmarket niche. The Porsche Panamera, The Maserati Quattroporte and the new Bentley Mulsanne were all there, showing that while money can’t buy you happiness, it can buy you a big, fast car to go and find it in.
Annoyingly for us though, the car that will perhaps turn out to be the daddy of all luxury GTs was not at the show. The Bugatti 16C Galibier was shown to guests at the Molsheim celebrations of the marque’s centenary. Although officially just a concept, the Galibier is apparently, already being shown to potential customers. Shod with 22-inch wheels and sitting on a 3m wheelbase, it shares the W16 engine with the Veyron, although here, in a nod to prevailing green sensibilities, it has been reengineered to also run on ethanol. We can’t help feeling that Dom Perignon would have been more appropriate.
Some people have said that it bares a passing resemblance to the Porsche Panamera. To our eyes though, the Galibier has a much more elegant profile and, surprisingly given its size, a lighter, less lumpen feel to it. Here’s hoping that this Bug makes it into production
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Source: Car Magazine