We first heard about Bugatti’s latest creation back in November and it’s anything but ordinary. The 16C Galibier concept is a four-door luxury sedan , but not just any four-door luxury sedan. This one is capable of a 220 mph top speed and could cost a staggering $1.5 million. That makes the 16C Galibier – when it enters production – the world’s fastest, most expensive luxury sedan in the world. And now we have the first live photos available after the Galibier made its public debut ahead of the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, opening tomorrow.
At the heart of the Galibier is Bugatti’s 8.0-liter W-16 engine lifted nearly intact from the Veyron sports car. Changes include a shift from four turbochargers to two-stage supercharging – a move that gives the sedan smoother acceleration and more low-down torque to better suit its use in a luxury sedan – as well as flex-fuel capability. Yep, you can run your $1.5 million Galibier on ethanol. All-wheel drive, ceramic disc brakes, and the extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum all hint at the performance the Galibier is capable of, though the sedan’s luxury concessions have not been omitted. For example, the removable Swiss-made Parmigiani Fleurier tourbillion clock set into the car’s dashboard, also capable of being used as a desk clock or wrist watch.
Inspiration for the Galibier comes from not only the treacherous Alpine pass in the Tour de France, but also the four-door Bugatti Type 57 of decades past – a sedan that bears the same name. We’re still waiting for more details on the Bugatti 16C Galibier, which could come over the next couple days at the Geneva show. Stay tuned to MotorTrend.com for all your Geneva show updates with our live coverage page, direct form the show floor March 2 and 3.