Bugatti Galibier Concept Could Be Electrified And Produced by 2024

Bugatti is mulling an all-electric or hybridized sedan based on the Galibier concept that could be released as soon as 2024.

The revelation came at the Frankfurt auto show from Wolfgang Durheimer, president of Bugatti Automobiles, who said plans for mid-next decade will be settled by 2018 for replacement or an addition to the present Chiron hypercar.

Durheimer, who stepped down as Bugatti CEO on Sept. 25, said all options for powertrains are to be considered, including the choice of all-electric or hybrid.

“The four-door car is not dead,” said Durheimer of the concept from 2009 to Automotive News, adding, “It will again be decided on the performance criteria because this is the ultimate our customers expect from us. The ingredients are open.”

Previously, rumors that Bugatti was considering a hybrid Chiron had gone out, but the decision for all-gas was made to meet demand as a world ultimate.

If green-lighted, revival of the Galibier would pick up development where it left off after it was scrapped in favor of the Chiron due to weight concerns and desire to hit 1,500 horsepower using a traditional engine.

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Durheimer also cited Bugatti as for now a one-model brand. Past nameplates have included the Veyron and the Chiron, which has each served 12-year and 8-year runs, respectively, as the brand’s only models.

No word yet on what Galibier’s specifications would look like, but it is speculated it could run within the realm of the Chiron’s 0-to-60 times of less than 2.5 seconds and top speed of 261 mph.

For that, a plug-in hybrid powertrain could certainly fill the bill, and may be a more-conservative route for the company selling multi-million dollar cars for people who want it all.

A video of the Chiron below shows what such power could look like.

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