The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 was one of the, if not the, most
eagerly anticipated supercars of all time. The Veyron, as a
concept, was officially revealed for the first time in 1999
at the Tokyo Auto Show. Named the Bugatti EB 18/3 Chiron, the concept was
powered by an 18 cylinder
engine and showed the first styling features of the Veyron.
In 2000 at the Paris Motor Show the EB 16/4 prototype was unveiled.
This car had almost identical styling to the production Veyron
and was powered by a still insane, but slightly more realistic,
W16 engine. A year later, in 2001, Volkswagen announced that
they were taking the Veyron to production.
Engineering issues, the realisation of 1000 (useable) horsepower
in a supercar, was the biggest problem facing Volkswagen engineers
and designers. Issues included; finding a transmission capable
of handling the cars immense power, cooling the engine, and
not to mention getting the power onto the road in a manner the
luxury supercar buyer was used to. However after literally years
of exhaustive testing and record breaking engineering feats,
the Veyron became a reality.
Some of the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 supercar's facts and figures.
253 mph - The electronically limited top speed.
257 mph - The theoretical top speed, on a perfect run.
2.3 mpg - Fuel economy when running at full speed
12 minutes - The time it takes to empty the fuel tank at top
51 miles - The distance covered while emptying the tank
0 - 60 mph - 3 seconds
- 125 mph - 7.3 seconds
- 187 mph - 16.7 seconds
- 250 mph - 55 seconds
250 - 0 mph - 9.8 seconds
The seven speed DSG transmission can handle up to 1106 lb
ft of torque, 185 lb ft more than the Veyron develops.
If a Mclaren F1 traveling at 100 mph went past a
stationary Bugatti Veyron, and the Veyron set off at full
acceleration as the Mclaren passed, the Veyron would top 200
1,000,000 - the price of a Veyron in Euros
1,121,000 - the price in US dollars
683,200 - the price in English pounds
Bugatti Press release:
After four years of development, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was
ready for series production. The most exclusive sports car
of all time follows in the footsteps of the legendary Bugatti,
those universally-coveted limousines and unbeatable racing
cars of the 1920s and 1930s which today are among the most
sought-after creations from the early days of automobile construction.
This brings to an end the era of design models and concept
cars which since the late 1990s have signposted possible paths
to the Bugattis of the future. Technologically futuristic
and packed with creative engineering, the first Bugatti of
the 21st century has arrived.
Merging the Past and the Future
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4’s home is in Molsheim-Dorlisheim,
the French town where, almost 100 years ago, Ettore Bugatti
began to realize his lifelong dream of being a car manufacturer.
The new workshop is not just where the engine and vehicle
are assembled and tested, it is also the place where customers
collect their Bugattis and drive them out onto the streets
for the first time.
The aim is to turn Molsheim into an all-round Bugatti centre
once again. While up to 70 new vehicles a year are built by
hand in the new facility, neighbouring specially-equipped
workshops are the scene of expert restoration work on historic
Bugatti vehicles. Both past and future have found a new home
The car’s safety systems have been designed to cope with its
extraordinary performance, acceleration and speed. The single-piece
alone scores maximum points in crash tests, while airbags
give the driver and passenger additional protection. The high-speed
tires designed specially for the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 (for
vmax. > 350 km/h), sizes 265-68 R 500 A (front) and 365-71
R 540 A (rear), incorporate a further innovative safety feature
in the form of the PAX System fitted to the wheels and tires,
ensuring safe handling even after sudden pressure loss. Another
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 component with a safety element is the
rear spoiler. As well as providing the necessary downforce
during high-speed travel, it acts as a kind of ‘parachute
brake’ during emergency braking. Once precisely-defined deceleration
forces are registered the spoiler tilts and the additional
air resistance this generates reduces the braking distance
to that of a lorry.
The Art of the Machine
The W16 alloy engine developed by Bugatti for the Veyron 16.4
has a special and absolutely unique place in the history of
sports car construction. Its design employs the space-saving
VR principle with two particularly slender eight-cylinder
blocks arranged at a 90° angle to each other.
1001 horsepower equip the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 with a level
of acceleration unheard of in the sports car segment, propelling
it from 0 to 60 mph in just three seconds and past the 200
mph mark in a mere 14 seconds. Thanks to its 923 lb-ft, the
Bugatti Veyron 16.4’s enormous propulsive power is not exhausted
until it reaches 252.3 mph (406 km/h): the maximum speed for
which chassis and drive train have been designed. Any further
performance escalation is limited by current design and construction.
Also unique is the power transmission via an innovative directshift
gearbox. Without any interruption in the power flow, the sequential
seven-speed gearbox transmits the engine’s power to the wheels
via permanent four-wheel drive. Put simply, this means uninterrupted
acceleration from a standing start to maximum speed: a feeling
previously known only to jet pilots.
Exclusive, Classical, Functional
Both exclusive and highly functional, the interior of the
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 will transport you to a world of your
own. Superb leather, also two-tone if desired, quality metallic
trim and beautifully designed and ergonomically laid-out controls
characterize the Veyron cockpit.
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 instruments, with a large central
rev counter surrounded by four smaller additional instruments
also conjures up memories of the marque’s legendary motor
sport past. The deliberate avoidance of superfluous instruments
and modern extras are an unmistakable statement of the car’s
Unchanged on the series version of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4
is the classical two-tone paintwork. The designers have selected
five separate colour combinations for the car: Each of the
combinations features the bonnet, roof and rear in the darker
of the two colours, with the sides and front wheel arches
in the lighter colour.
Buggati Factory in Molsheim
On Saturday, 3 September 2005, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
hosted opening festivities for the ‘Atelier’ in Molsheim,
its new plant dedicated to production of the new Bugatti.
At the same time, the company’s headquarters, the Château
St. Jean, along with the neighboring buildings, were officially
opened for their intended purpose.
review submitted by Matthew D'Amico
I just want to say, the Veyron 16.4 is the car of my dreams.
I think I can safely say I would be satisfied for the rest
of my life if I owned a Veyron. The problem is that I'm 25
and make 30,000 U.S a year so take out bills and mortgage
I could own one by the year 2062, and yes I'm saving. Or if
Bugatti want to cut me a deal, I'll drive it to all their
shows and only drive it on Sundays and holidays, weather permitting!
The thing I like the most is when I dream about what I would
do with my own Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4, is that the dream is
free. Thank you Bugatti, thank you for giving me something
to dream about. I'll see you in 2062.
Your biggest fan,