Yep, it's a good time to be one of the haves. Volkswagen-owned Bugatti, maker of the wickedly fast and pricey Veyron, this week unveiled an ultra-luxury sedan for the upmost echelon of car buyers. It's the Galibier, which takes its name from a pass in the Alps traversed during the Tour de France. But does such a machine still have a place in this age of downscaled expectations and environmental responsibility? Before you answer, that's an entirely rhetorical question.
What does it take to get a heavy, luxurioussupercar to 252 mph and back down to zero?
By Paul HorrellPosted 01.19.2004 at 12:20 pm 0 Comments
Transmission The seven-speed sequential manual transmission does not have a clutch pedal. Instead, paddles in front of the steering wheel control dual automatic clutches. One is always engaged; the other waits, attached to the next gear. When you shift, the new gear engages nearly instantaneously, with no pause in power flow.