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Bugatti Galibier 16C: Will be named Bugatti Royale

Bugatti Galibier 16C, Bugatti Royale

The Bugatti Galibier 16C will be offered as Bugatti Royale.

The 800-horsepower Bugatti Galibier 16C concept super-sedan got the putative green light earlier this year, and rumors of a plug-in hybrid option soon followed. Now it looks like the production Galibier may get a name change to Royale.

The news is a bit sketchy, but the Royale name does have a basis in Bugatti history. The Type 41, commonly known as the Royale, was a 21-foot-long, 7,000-pound, 12.7-liter straight-eight monster designed with the explicit premise of sales to royalty. The car didn’t see the acceptance expected, however, seeing only six built in the late 1920s and early 1930s, half of which sold.