WHISPERS OF AN UPCOMING Bugatti super-sedan refuse to die, but until now, the rumour mill has operated almost entirely on speculation.
Today, following the recent release of teaser images of the so-called Bugatti Bordeaux, new photos and video of a four-door Bugatti concept dubbed Galibier 16C have surfaced online.
Reportedly one of three concepts that Bugatti is currently considering for production, the Galibier is expected to make use of the Veyron's 8.0 litre W16 engine.
Unlike in the Veyron, the engine would be supercharged to 596kW and mounted in the nose rather than in the rear of the car.
An eight-speed automatic gearbox is also rumoured to take the place of the Veyron's sophisticated twin-clutch transmission.
A four-seater, the Galibier is built upon a four-door platform made of aluminium and -ibre, using construction methods similar to that employed in the Veyron.
Styling is unmistakeably Bugatti and, like the Bordeaux, the Galibier features a subtle homage to the classic Type 57 Atlantique in a ventral 'spine' that runs over the entire body.
A timeline for the launch of a Bugatti sedan is still some distance away from being announced, but a decision on whether to put the Galibier into production is expected to be made in the first half of 2010.
With production of the Veyron still likely to continue for three more years, don't expect to see a Bugatti four-door on the road until 2013.