Photos of a potential new Bugatti model have surfaced on BugattiExpert’s Instagram feed. The long car was spotted coming out of a car-carrier with a cover on, but the outline of the front clearly shows Bugatti’s horseshoe grille.
Although it’s too early to say for sure, the car looks distinctly longer than the Chiron (or the Divo), causing many to speculate that it will be the long-rumoured Galibier.
About a year ago, Bugatti’s then-president, Wolfgang Durheimer told Automotive Newsthat the four-door Bugatti was not dead, and that a final decision would be made before the end of 2018.
With the Paris Motor Show a little more than a month away, though, it might be the perfect time to announce their intentions. If, indeed, this turns out to be a Galibier, don’t expect to be able to buy it for a few years.
Durheimer also told Automotive News that Bugatti is a “one-model brand.” That means that the Galibier wouldn’t be ready for sale until around 2024, when the Chiron’s eight-year lifecycle is up.
One of the many advantages of waiting is that Bugatti could make use of an all-electric powertrain that’s up to its standards, something the marque was considering in 2017.
But Durheimer would not confirm an electric powertrain, so there might still be an engine under the Galibier’s hood. It is, after all, named after the four-door version of the Type 57, which had a V16 engine—although that hood doesn’t look commodious enough for Bugatti’s current W16.
There has been a change at the top (Durheimer retired, ceding his place to Stephan Winkelmann), so there are a lot of unanswered questions that we hope Bugatti will answer at the Paris Motor Show in October.