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Bugatti Veyron
aka Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4
Production 2005 - 2015
300 Coupes / 150 Grand Sport Targas
450 units total
Class Hypercar
Body Style 2-door Mid-4WD coupé
Length 4,462 mm
Width 1,998 mm
Height 1,159 mm
Wheelbase 2,710 mm
Weight 1888 kg
Transmission 7-speed Manual w/ Automatic mode, AWD
Engine 8.0 litre quad-turbo W16
Power 987 bhp @ 6000 rpm
1250 N·m of torque @ 2200 rpm

Super Sport
1183 bhp @ N/A rpm
1500 N·m of torque @ N/A rpm
Designer Hartmut Warkuss

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was the fastest and most expensive street-legal production car in the world, with a proven top speed of over 400 km/h (407 km/h or 253 mph) and a base price of $1,700,000. It reached full production in September 2005. The car is built by Volkswagen AG subsidiary Bugatti Automobiles SAS and is sold under the legendary Bugatti marque. It is named after racing driver Pierre Veyron, who won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1939 while racing for the original Bugatti firm. The design of Veyron ressembles the classic Bugatti models such as the Type 35.

Bugatti once again claimed the land speed record for production cars on July 4, 2010 with the Veyron Super Sport prototype. At the hands of Bugatti test driver Pierre Henri Raphanel, the Super Sport managed runs of 265.9 and 269.8 mph for an average terminal velocity of 267.81 mph on Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien track. The much awaited 'super-Veyron' sees the car's power output jump from 987 bhp to 1183 bhp and torque from 1250 to 1500 N·m. According to Bugatti, though, production models will be electronically limited to 257.9 mph to protect the tires.

Recent Changes

  • The final production vehicle, titled "LaFinale" (The End), was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show 5–15 March 2015.
  • For the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Bugatti unveiled a new special edition variant, based on the open-top Veyron Grand Sport, dubbed the Sang Bleu. It is finished in Royal Blue and naked aluminum (with the rear scoops also finished in body color) and available with a Midnight Blue and Diamond Cut finished wheel design. Only 20 of these special Veyrons are set for production with a price tag of a cool US$2 million. [1]
  • Following up the Bleu Centenaire's debut just a month previously, the 2009 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este played host to the unveiling of the Veyron 16.4 Centenaire Special Edition Series. As the name implies, Bugatti's 100 year birthday present to itself is a quartet of uniquely liveried Veyrons that pay homage to one of the company's pre-World War 2 Grand Prix drivers including Jean-Pierre Wimille (France, 1908-1949), Achille Varzi (Italy, 1904-1948), Malcolm Campbell (England, 1885-1949) and Hermann Zu Leiningen (Germany, 1901-1971). Each car is color coded to each driver. Otherwise the car remains mechanically the same. [2]
  • At the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti celebrated its centennial anniversary with the release of the limited edition Veyron Bleu Centenaire. The most obvious distinction from other Veyrons is the stark traditional blue paint scheme, a mixture of "sprintblue matt" and "sprintblue gloss", in honor of the iconic Bugatti racing cars of the 1920's and 30's who sported similar paintwork as per grand prix rules. Not so easily obvious are new multispoke wheels and LED headlights first seen in the Veyron Grand Sport. Pricing for this piece of history starts at 1.35 Million Euros. [3]
  • The thousand horsepower legend is back. This time debuting a new variant at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance for the world's plutocrats. These beautiful people will get the chance to be graced first by Bugatti's new Veyron variant, the Veyron Grand Sport. This new car is the long rumoured "Targa" version of the Veyron. As you'd have guessed the car will still boast the 987 hp W16 monster mounted amidships that will propel it to 253 mph (407 km/h). Bugatti confirms the car will reach such speeds. However, the added weight means acceleration times will lag a bit. And I stress a bit because this car will no doubt still burn tarmac below the 3 second range. Besides losing its top, the Veyron also receives a very slight facelift that comes in the form of restyled, updated headlights. Good news masters of the universe, given enough money, you will be able to pick up the very first example of this no doubt very limited edition car at said Concours. Gooding and Co. will be given auctioning duties to be held at Pebble Beach's Equestrian Center on the 16th of August, though, deliveries will not begin to arrive until Spring of 2009. Be sure to ready your army of accountants and poise your financial empires for the purchase. Oil sheiks of the world, rejoice![4][5][6][7]
  • For 2009 MY, Bugatti has unveiled a third special edition variant of the hyper-exclusive and uber expensive Veyron that it has dubbed, the Veyron Sang Noir (Dark Blooded/Black Blood). It is intended to pay homage to the iconic Bugatti Atlantique 57S of the 1930s. Like its spiritual sibling, the Pur Sang, the Sang Noir features an unpainted bodywork in an effort to shave off weight. Unlike the Pur Sang, however, the Sang Noir is covered entirely of carbon fiber and limits the aluminium to the grille and side mirrors. It also features blacked out headlamps, new black powder-coated wheels and custom tan-colored leather and Alcantara interior. [8]
  • For 2008, Bugatti has launched another limited edition variant of the Veyron ubercar. Conceived in partnership with long time collaborator, French Fashion house Hermès, the Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès is both a throwback to Hermès' role in the 1920's as exclusive outfitter of Bugatti interiors and an omage to Hermès' historic headquarters at Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Designed under the guiding hand of designer Gabriele Pezzini, the car features unique livery, eight-spoke polished aluminum wheels with central butterfly wheel locks branded with the letter H and air vents around the edges mimicking Hermès saddle-stitching, and a new grille and fuel-filler cap, calfskin leather covered brushed aluminum dash, Hermès-luggage style door handles, and a exclusive leather luggage fitted in the trunk. Prices begin at €1.55 million without taxes. [9]
  • For the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, Bugatti unveiled a limited-edition of 5 of the already-exclusive Veyron. Dubbed the Veyron Pur Sang (Pure Blood), the car is a study in unpainted carbon fiber and special alloy of aluminum that has not been recycled, hence, without any impurities. The result is a striking polish and 1888 kilograms of net weight which combined with the Veyron's 1001 hp output translates to a power-to-weight ratio of 1.88 kg/hp (4.15 lbs./hp) and the fastest Veyron yet. [10][11][12]


Development of the vehicle began with the 1999 EB 18/4 "Veyron" concept car. Introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show, it was similar in design and appearance to the final Veyron production car. One major difference was the EB 18/4's use of a W18 engine with three banks of six cylinders. The Veyron was designed by Hartmut Warkuss of Volkswagen rather than Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign who had handled the three prior Bugatti concepts.

VW chairman Ferdinand Piëch announced the production Veyron at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show. It was promised to be the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car in history. Instead of the W18, the production model would use a VR6/WR8-style W16 engine. First seen in the 1999 Bentley Hunaudières concept car, the W16 would get four turbochargers, producing a quoted 1001 horsepower (see engine section for details on the power output). Top speed was promised at 403 km/h (250.4 mph), and pricing was announced at €1 million (US$1.3 million at the time).

Development continued throughout 2001 and the EB 16/4 Veyron was promoted to "advanced concept" status. In late 2001, Bugatti announced that the car, officially called the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, would go into production in 2003. However, the car experienced significant problems during development. Achieving the required high-speed stability was difficult - one prototype was destroyed in a crash and another spun out during a public demonstration at the Monterey Historics event in Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. Production of the Veyron was delayed pending resolution of these and other issues.

Piëch retired that year as chairman of the Volkswagen Group and was replaced by Bernd Pischetsrieder. The new chairman promptly sent the Veyron back to the drawing board for major revisions. Neumann was replaced as Bugatti president by Thomas Bscher in December of 2003, and substantial modifications were made to the Veyron under the guidance of former VW engineer, Bugatti Engineering head Wolfgang Schreiber.

After the release of the car, it has been reported that while each Veyron is being sold for £840,000, the production costs of the car are approximately £5 million per vehicle. This is not the price to produce one vehicle, but rather the cost of the entire Veyron project divided by the number of vehicles produced at that time. As Bugatti, and therefore Volkswagen, are making such a loss, it has been likened by automotive journalist Jeremy Clarkson to Concorde; in that they are test-beds for advancements in technology and developed as exercises in engineering.

In the case of the Veyron, it will be several years before Volkswagen will be able to see if their investment in developing ground-breaking technology has paid off. One key measure is how much (if any) of the technology developed for the Veyron finds use in mass-produced cars.


the W16 engine

A cutout of the W16 and quad turbochargers illustration released by Bugatti

The Veyron features a W16 engine—16 cylinders in 4 banks of 4 cylinders, or the equivalent of two narrow-angle V8 engines mated in a vee configuration. Each cylinder has 4 valves, for a total of 64, but the narrow V8 configuration allows two camshafts to drive two banks of cylinders so only 4 camshafts are needed. The engine is fed by four turbochargers, and it displaces 8.0 L (7,993 cc/488 in³) with a square 86 by 86 mm bore and stroke.

Putting this power to the ground is a dual-clutch DSG computer-controlled manual transmission with 7 gear ratios via shifter paddles behind the steering wheel boasting an 8 ms shift time. The Veyron can be driven by full automatic transmission. The Veyron also features full-time all-wheel drive developed by UK based Ricardo helping to transfer power to the road. It uses special Michelin run-flat tires designed specifically for the Veyron to accommodate the vehicle's top speed.

The car's wheelbase is 2710 mm (106.3 in). Overall length is 4462 mm (175.8 in). It measures 1998 mm (78.7 in) wide and 1206 mm (47.5 in) tall.

Kerb weight is estimated at 4,160 lb (1888 kg). This gives the car a power to weight ratio of 529 bhp/tonne.

The Bugatti Veyron has a total of 10 radiators[1].

  • 3 radiators for the engine cooling system.
  • 1 heat exchanger for the air to liquid intercoolers.
  • 2 for the air conditioning system.
  • 1 transmission oil radiator.
  • 1 differential oil radiator.
  • 1 engine oil radiator.
  • 1 hydraulic oil radiator for the spoiler.


The key

According to Volkswagen, the final production Veyron engine produces between 1020 and 1040 metric hp (1006 to 1026 SAE net hp; 750 to 765 kilowatts), so the car will be advertised as producing "1001 horsepower" in both the US and European markets. This makes it the most powerful production road-car engine in history. Peak torque is 1250 N·m (922 ft·lbf).

Top speed was initially promised to be 252 mph (406 km/h), but test versions were unstable at that speed, forcing a redesign of the aerodynamics. In May 2005, a prototype Veyron tested at a Volkswagen track near Wolfsburg, Germany, and recorded an electronically limited top speed of 400 km/h (249 mph). In October, 2005, Car and Driver magazine's editor Csaba Csere test drove the final production version of the Veyron for the November 2005 issue. This test, at Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien test track, reached a top speed of 253.2 mph (407.5 km/h).

The Veyron is the quickest production car to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) with an estimated time of 2.5 seconds. It also reaches 200 and 300 km/h (124 and 186 mph) in 7.3 and 16.7 seconds respectively. This makes the Veyron the quickest-accelerating production car in history. It also consumes more fuel than any other production car, using 40.4 L/100 km (4.82 mpg) in city driving and 24.1 L/100 km (10 mpg) in combined cycle. At full-throttle, it uses more than 125 L/100 km (2.1 mpg)—at full throttle, the Veyron would empty its 100 L fuel tank in just 12.5 minutes. The car's everyday top speed is listed at 234 mph (377 km/h). When the car reaches 137 mph (220 km/h), hydraulics lower the car until it has a ground clearance of about 3 1/2 inches (8.9 cm). At the same time, the wing and spoiler deploy. This is the "handling" mode, in which the wing helps provide 770 pounds (3425 newtons) of downforce, holding the car to the road[1]. The driver must, using the key, toggle the lock to the left of his seat in order to use the maximum speed of 253.2 miles per hour (407.5 km/h). Theoretically it can go faster but it is electronically limited to 253.2 miles per hour (407.5 km/h) to prevent tire damage. The key functions only when the vehicle is at a stop when a checklist then establishes whether the car—and its driver—are ready to enable 'top speed' mode. If all systems are go, the rear spoiler retracts, the front air diffusers close and the ground clearance, normally 4.9 inches (12.4 cm), drops to 2.6 inches (6.6 cm).

The Veyrons' brakes utilize unique cross-drilled and turbine vented carbon rotors, which draw in cooling air to reduce fade. Each caliper has eight[1] titanium pistons. Bugatti claims maximum deceleration of 1.3 g on road tires. Prototypes have been subjected to repeated 1.0 g braking from 194 to 50 mph (312 to 80 km/h) without fade. With the car's fearsome acceleration from 50 to 194 mph (80 to 312 km/h), that test can be performed every 22 seconds. At speeds above 124 mph (200 km/h), the rear wing also acts as an airbrake, snapping to a 70-degree angle in 0.4 seconds once brakes are applied, providing 0.5 g (6 m/s²) of deceleration[1]. Bugatti claims the Veyron will brake from 252 mph (406 km/h) to a standstill in less than 10 seconds[1]. The braking is also so evenly applied that the car will not deviate from a straight path if the driver lets go of the steering wheel, even with the brakes fully applied starting from close to top speed. [13]


Gordon Murray, designer of the McLaren F1 said the following about the Bugatti Veyron in UK auto magazine EVO during its development period:

"The most pointless exercise on the planet has got to be this four-wheel-drive 1001 horsepower Bugatti. I think it’s incredibly childish this thing people have about just one element—top speed or standing kilometre or 0-60. It’s about as narrow minded as you can get as a car designer to pick on one element. It’s like saying we’re going to beat the original Mini because we’re going to make a car 10 mph faster on its top speed—but it's two foot longer and 200 kilos heavier. That’s not car designing—that just reeks of a company who are paranoid."


However, after the car had made production, Murray went on to write an article for another UK auto magazine, Top Gear conceding a lot of his past resentment of the car.

"One really good thing, and I simply never expected this, is that it does change direction. It hardly feels its weight. Driving it on a circuit I expected a sack of cement, but you can really throw it at tight chicanes."

He also declared in the article that: "The braking is phenomenal," "The primary ride and body control are good too" and "It's a huge achievement."

The trend of backtracking on negative comments about the Veyron continued when prominent UK car show host Jeremy Clarkson declared on Top Gear that it was "The best car ever made" after initially saying it was ridiculous and would never exist.[14] He would later extend this by saying he would spend the night with British reality TV star Jade Goody to get his hands on one.

The Veyron was then proclaimed the Top Gear Magazine Car of the Year along with the Toyota Aygo and its Peugeot and Citroën clones.

The Veyron was also declared the Most Innovative Invention of 2006 by Popular Science magazine.

Official unveiling

The production Veyron was shown for the first time on October 19, 2005 at the Tokyo Motor Show. The official United States launch for the production version occurred at the 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Show in January. Visual differences between the prototype and production Veyrons are slight, but noticeable marks include the addition of marker lights or reflectors on the front fenders and a more pronounced "dorsal spine" on the hood (reminiscent of the Bugatti Atlantic), especially near the windshield.

Six Veyrons were sold at the 2005 Dubai Motor Show in December, reportedly including the demonstration models used on the stands there. These would be the first reported private sales of the car.[15] Reports also indicate that deposits have been taken on 45 Veyrons as of December.

The first personally owned Veyron was debuted in front of Hotel De Russie in Monte Carlo during the 2005 Grand Prix [16]

Sales and service

A Veyron at the 2004 Paris Motor Show

Bugatti originally planned to build 300 Veyrons over five years. In March 2006, Bugatti president Bscher claimed to have 70 firm orders, selling out 14 months of production. In response, the company is reportedly speeding up production, with all 70 cars expected to be built in 2006. Bscher also reported that 14 cars have been completed and most will be shipped to the United States. It is not clear how many are in the hands of customers.

The cars will be sold directly from the factory to customers or at 20 Bentley dealers worldwide. These include dealerships in London, Miami, Troy, Beverly Hills, San Diego, Pasadena, and Greenwich.

Maintenance will be possible at Bentley dealerships, but repair service will require a flown-in mechanic, whom the company promises will be available 24 hours a day.


Confirmed owners include:

  • Richard Berry - grandson of Loren M. Berry, the pioneer of the Yellow Pages. Owns the first Veyron in Evergreen, Colorado and will supposedly take delivery of the last one as well. [17] [18]
  • The wife of Ferdinand Piëch - the former VW chairman's wife, who requested chassis number 007, was the first person on the waiting list [19]
  • Tim Cahill - the Australian soccer player's girlfriend Rebekah Greenhil was caught trying to park it in central Manchester [20]
  • Michael Fux - a car collector who test-drove the car during a trip to Pebble Beach in August 2005 [21]
  • Ralph Lauren - the fashion designer, bought one in black [22]
  • Bob Manoukian - dodged the waiting list by buying his Veyron for £1.1m at a charity auction in London in June 2006 [23]
  • Tom Cruise - The famous actor arrived at the Mission Impossible III premiere in a Bugatti Veyron 16.4. He had an extremely hard time opening the passenger door. 2006 [24]
  • Thomas Bscher - was to be one of the first owners, until he was appointed as the chairman of Bugatti, as a result, he allowed his waiting list position to be ceded to others. He hopes to collect his Veyron in September.[25]
  • Ben Brooke - Hedge Fund Manager. Owns a Black and white Veyron but he has supposedly ordered another in light Blue.
  • Nigo - He owns a pink Veyron. Famous Japanese fashion designer and owner of "A Bathing Ape". [26]
  • Rumen Gaitanski a.k.a "The Wolf" - chief of Sofia's (Bulgaria) garbage transport firms [27]
  • Scott Storch - HipHop/R&B Producer. His Veyron is black on black. [28]
  • Simon Cowell - American Idol judge and music executive. Owns a black on black Veyron. [29]
  • Eamonn O'Rourke - Owner of Cash & Carry Kitchens in Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, Ireland. It is dark navy and titanium grey and he keeps it at his holiday home in Spain. See it here.[30]
  • Tom Brady - New England Patriots quarterback
  • Roustam Tariko - Russian oligarch, owner of Russian Standard Bank and Russian Standard Vodka.

Final numbers

The 1200 hp, 267.81 mph Veyron Super Sports


Vehicle type: mid-engine, all-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe
Base Price: € 1,127,210 (£757 359, $1,440,800)
Engine type: quad-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 64-valve W-16, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 7993 cm³ (488.8 in³)
Performance ratings :

  • Zero to 60 mph (97 km/h): 2.5 s
  • Zero to 100 mph (161 km/h): 5.5 s
  • Zero to 150 mph (241 km/h): 11.3 s
  • Zero to 200 mph (322 km/h): 22.2 s
  • Zero to 250 mph (402 km/h): 55 s [32][33]
  • Zero to 100 km/h: 2.5 s
  • Zero to 200 km/h: 7.3 s
  • Zero to 300 km/h: 16.7 s
  • Zero to 400 km/h: 55 s [34][35]

Top speed (Electronically Limited): 253 mph (407.5 km/h)
Theoretical Top Speed: 257.5 mph (414 km/h) [36]

Fuel economy:

  • EPA city driving: 8 mpg U.S. (30 L/100 km)
  • EPA highway driving: 15 mpg U.S. (16 L/100 km)
  • Steady 253 mph (407.5 km/h): 2.1 mpg U.S. (115 L/100 km) so it will empty its 100l tank in 12 minutes



Veyron Pegaso Edition

Veyron Pur Sang

Veyron Sang Noir

Veyron Fbg par Hermès

Veyron Grand Sport

Veyron Bleu Centenaire

Veyron Grand Sport Sang Bleu

Veyron Super Sport


Jeremy Clarkson stops the Veyron to lower its spoiler during one of Top Gear's races.

  • In a speed race, if the McLaren F1 were allowed to reach 120 mph before the Bugatti started, the Bugatti would still be the first to reach 200 mph, according to the host of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson. It should be noted that the published acceleration figures for both cars do NOT support this claim, although it is close. According to Autocar Magazine, the 0-200mph and 0-100mph times for the McLaren F1 are 28.0 seconds and 6.3 seconds, respectively. According to Car and Driver, the 0-200MPH time for the Bugatti Veyron is 22.2 seconds. From this data, we see that the 100-200MPH time for the McLaren F1 is 21.7 seconds (28.0 seconds minus 6.3 seconds), which is less than the Veyron's 0-200MPH time. Thus, if the Veyron started when the F1 was doing 100MPH, the F1 would still beat the Veyron to 200MPH, clearly contradicting Clarkson's claim. It is not known what dataset Clarkson is looking at to back his claim, though he may be using the statement of Wolfgang Schreiber, Bugatti's chief engineer, who speculated that the Veyron would do 0-200MPH in under 20 seconds, not the 22.2 seconds Car and Driver has published. [37][38][39][40]
  • In one of Top Gear's races, Richard Hammond and James May attempted to beat Clarkson in a race across Europe using transport other than a car, from Italy to England to transport a truffle. Clarkson used the Veyron, while Hammond and May used a variety of transport, with May flying the Cessna 182 due to his newly obtained pilot's licence, and the use of the Eurostar, when it was revealed that May was not qualified to fly at night.[2] The Power Lap in the Veyron was a dissapointing 1:18.3, 1.2 seconds slower than the Gumpert Apollo (the leader of the board at the time).
  • The Veyron's handbrake features ABS, allowing it to be used to stop the car in case the main brakes fail.[41]
  • The Transformers: Cybertron character Crosswise transforms into a noticeably modified Veyron.
  • According to Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear, Volkswagen's cost per Veyron is approximately £5 million (ie VW would lose £4.25 million on each Veyron sold). However, one should note that this is not the price to produce one vehicle, but rather the cost of the entire Veyron project divided by the number of vehicles produced at that time.
  • At full throttle the Veyron can empty its fuel tank in just 12 minutes.


  • 2010 Top Gear James' Car Of The Year (Supersport)

See Also


Volkswagen Group

Volkswagen | Audi | SEAT | Škoda | Bentley | Bugatti | Lamborghini | Ducati | Porsche

Current Models: Chiron (2016) · Divo (2019) · Centodieci (2020)

Historic Models: EB110 · Type 57 · Type 57 Atlantic · Type 10 · Type 13 · Type 15/17/22 · Type 29 · Type 32 "Tank" · Type 35/35A "Tecla"/35B/35T/35C/37/39 · Type 52 · Type 57G "Tank" · Type 50B · Type 53 · Type 51/51A/54GP/59 · Type 251 · Type 18 "Garros" · Type 23 "Brescia Tourer" · Type 30/38/40/43/44/49 · Type 41 "Royale" · Type 46/50/50T · Type 55 · Type 57/57S/57SC · Type 101 · Type 101 Ghia Roadster

Prinetti & Stucchi: Type 1

Deutz Gasmotoren Fabrik: Type 8/9

Peugeot: Type 19 "Bébé"

Dietrich-Bugatti: Type 3/4 · Type 5/6/7 "Hermes" · Type 2

Concept Models: EB118 Concept · EB 218 Concept · 18/3 Chiron Concept · EB18/4 Veyron Concept · Rinspeed EB110 Cyan Concept · Type 36 · Type 45/47 · Type 56 · Type 64 · Type 73C · 16 C Galibier Concept · PJ271 Prototype

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Ettore Bugatti Corporate website A subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Inside a Street-Legal Land Rocket, 269 
  2. Top Gear Season 7, Episode 5 2005.12.11

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