Monday, 26 February 2018

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

Superlatives abound with the Bugatti Veyron!  The list of ways in which it tops virtually every other car on the road is a long one!  Top speed - 253mph.  Peak power - 987bhp.  That was produced by a W16-cylinder motor ... effectively, two V-8 units conjoined.  Cubic capacity 7,993cc.  The Veyron had 4 turbochargers.  It used a 7-speed sequential 'box - hooked up to 4-wheel drive.  Its engine was cooled by 10 radiators.  0-62mph came up in 2.46s.  The 'active aerodynamics' set-up kicked in at 137mph.  As tech spec for a roadster goes, that is impressive!  The price tag?  €1.1m.

Volkswagen took over Bugatti in 1998.  Of course, they were looking to make a splash!  But it took them seven years to do so.  By 2,005, though, a factory had been built for a game-changing supercar.  Just 300 Veyrons were made.  The car did not itself make much of a profit.  The costs incurred by a car like the Veyron are not easily recouped! Its value to Bugatti was as a loss leader.

The prototype Veyron made its d├ębut at the Paris Motor Show, in 2004. It was a dazzling affair!  The Veyron's bodywork was breathtaking to behold.  Molsheim, Alsace - Bugatti's Gallic HQ - had come up with an absolute stunner.  The Bugatti faithful were blown away.  To the true believer, the Bugatti Veyron was little short of an automotive miracle!

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