The second-generation Continental GT that recently went on sale is a modest evolution of the last car, with lightly massaged sheetmetal and a slight uptick in power. At the 2012 Detroit auto show, a significant change arrives when a less expensive engine -- a twin-turbo V-8 -- joins the boosted V-12. It should produce north of 520 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque.
The convertible, previewed by our illustration at top, should show up in 2013 and will be followed by the Flying Spur sedan, likely in 2014. The requisite proliferation of Speed, Supersports, and silly limited editions will follow thereafter.
WHAT A sedan of superlatives: the most powerful and most expensive four-door the world has ever seen.
STICKING WITH WHAT WORKS Although the official line is that nothing has been green-lighted yet, we hear that there will be another Bugatti after the Veyron, and it is the Galibier. The sedan pictured here first debuted in 2009, but a second concept will arrive next year with revised packaging and lower weight. Like the Veyron 16.4, the 16C Galibier will use a boosted, 8.0-liter sixteen-cylinder engine, but rather than quad turbochargers, the 16C's forced induction comes courtesy of two superchargers. Peak power hovers somewhere between 800 and 1000 hp and is routed to all four wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.