After multiple delays, Volkswagen will ultimately shut down the Bugatti Galibier project, tossing out plans for the ultra-luxury four-door super sedan in favor of a more-powerful successor to the famed Bugatti Veyron. The current Veyron will officially come to rest, according to an Autocar report which also confirms that plans for a higher-output version of the existing model have also been scrapped.
The Bugatti Galibier first appeared as a concept at the company’s Molsheim, France headquarters in 2009. “The Galibier is officially dead,” Volkswagen Group lead Martin Winterkorn told Autocar. “We won’t do it. In its place will be a second-generation Veyron with more power.”
Originally expected to take Bugatti in a different direction, away from solely hyper-performance sports cars, the Galibier was thought to be the next step for the French brand. Many anticipated it would carry the unique 8.0-liter W-16 engine with 800-1000 hp on tap, all-wheel-drive, four doors, and four seats.
The most recent whispers suggested that the Galibier as we know it was headed for the chopping block, but that the idea of a high-end ultra-performance sedan was still in the works. Bugatti will definitely have its hands full trying to follow up the Veyron with a worthy successor, considering that the outgoing Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse sets the bar rather high thanks to its 1200 hp and 2.6-second sprint from 0-62 mph. In all likelihood, the follow-up to the Bugatti Veyron will have even more power and less weight.
Check back for more updates on future Bugatti models, and snatch up one of the last existing Veyron roadsters if you’ve got nearly $3 million burning a hole in your wallet.