The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is a benchmark in 21st-century automotive engineering. It was made to celebrate the unique heritage of Ettore Bugatti by redefining what an extreme sports car could be. The challenging design parameters included achieving a maximum speed beyond 250mph and engine power of 1,000hp as well as being comfortable and easy to drive, these demands were met without compromise. In a dedicated production facility near the former Bugatti headquarters in Molsheim, each Bugatti Veyron was painstakingly assembled by eight highly qualified technicians using three workstations. No more than one or two vehicles per week were produced in this extraordinary facility.
At 4.47m, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is surprisingly compact when you consider its enormous capability. The exterior clearly honours great Bugattis from history, but it is also a finely balanced modern supercar, where each line, curve and surface has an important functional role to play.
Where style is the primary consideration, it is true to the Bugatti legend, such as the two-tone colour schemes that quotes great Bugattis from the 1920s and 30s. These have been carefully balanced so that the trademark Bugatti contrasting ellipses are maintained. The ‘crest line’ that runs from the bonnet to the ultra-low roof is also an homage to historic models, making this state-of-the-art super sports car part of a peerless tradition. The technology of extreme performance is never very far away, such as with the retractable spoiler that makes a huge contribution to deceleration from high speed.
This may well be the most sophisticated production vehicle ever made. Its 16-cylinder 1,001hp engine, seven-speed DSG transmission and four-wheel drive system deliver top class performance. A hugely sophisticated Electronic Stability Program ensures that the driver always has the right levels of flexibility, balance and power, whatever the speed.
Such is the pace of the Bugatti Veyron, it needs ingenious aerodynamics to keep it firmly planted on the ground. The automatic and adjustable rear spoiler, variable ride height and adjustable vents all affect the relationship between propulsion and downforce, working with the car’s efficient body shape to maintain perfect control.
In a car capable of immense speed, braking technology needed to reinvent the rules, so on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, it does. The incredible carbon brakes will stop the car from 62mph in 2.3 seconds - 0.2 seconds faster than it takes this ultimate performance car to accelerate from 0-62mph.