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2010 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 'Sang Noir'


Amelia Island | Lot 149

$1,500,000 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida

8 March 2019


  • One of 12 ‘Sang Noir’ editions, the only with a red interior
  • Less than 3,500 miles; recently fitted with new tires
  • Serviced by Miller Motorcars in December 2017

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After the Volkswagen group’s purchase of the fabled French manufacturer and construction of a purpose-built factory in Bugatti’s old home of Molsheim, France, the German manufacturer was ready and willing to return Bugatti to its former grandeur. Arguably the most widely anticipated automobile in the 21st century, the engineering behind the Veyron was simply otherworldly. Capable of a top speed of over 248 mph and sprints to 60 mph in less than three seconds, passengers were also treated to unrivaled luxury.

The incredible performance was courtesy of a 1,001-bhp, W-16 engine. Simply put, this was achieved by bolting two V-8 engines together and fitting it with four turbochargers. In a documentary about the Veyron’s development and construction by National Geographic, an engineer recalled the first time the Veyron’s engine was run at full throttle at Volkswagen’s Salzgitter, Germany, facility in 2001. The engine produced so much heat that it overwhelmed the building’s exhaust system, which almost went up in flames as a result. Months were spent engineering, scrutinizing, and testing all aspects of the car to ensure that none would crack under pressure, or at speed.

Fine attention to detail is needed to produce a car capable of such speeds, and it comes as no surprise that almost every part of the Veyron is hand-built. Hundreds of hours are spent painstakingly crafting components such as its carbon-ceramic disc brakes, 10 radiators, and even its tires, designed and produced especially for the Veyron by Michelin. Only eight specialists are entrusted to produce the Veyron’s monstrous engine, which takes one week from start to finish. While each engine is stated to produce 1,001 hp, most cars produce between 1,030 and 1,060 hp in optimum conditions; 1,001 was merely the lowest amount of power the cars produce in unfavorable conditions. Of course, keeping all this performance in check is just as important, and the Veyron’s braking is arguably more exciting than its acceleration. It can deaccelerate to a stop from 62 mph in just 2.2 seconds, quicker than it can accelerate to that speed.

With only 300 Veyron coupes produced, some would be more special than others as Bugatti crafted a handful of special editions with unique features. One of Bugatti’s earliest special editions, the Sang Noir, its beauty lies in the details. Designed as an homage to the Type 57S Atlantic, the Sang Noir is finished in two tone black paint and exposed carbon fiber. Keen eyes will note the unique chrome-plated horseshoe grille with polished wheels. This car is particularly special in that while its siblings feature orange leather interiors, this car is trimmed in unique bright red leather.

Delivered new to Bugatti of Miami as the seventh Sang Noir Veyron built, the car spent its early days in Florida, remaining there until at least 2015 according to the accompanying CARFAX report. It was shipped to Miller Motorcars in December 2017 for the annual service, which included a new battery, the fitment of four new tires, new front brake rotors, and new brake pads on each wheel. Furthermore, the car’s gearbox was found to be faulty and the car was flown to the factory for the installation of a new transmission. Following service, the Veyron was found to be in faultless working order and has been driven less than 500 miles since.

Four years after the last example was built, the Veyron has aged wonderfully in all respects. Its performance is still world-beating and its design, penned some two decades ago, remains tasteful, purposeful, and aggressive. The special-edition Veyron variants are amongst the most desirable, and the Sang Noir is as subtle as it is unique. With only 12 examples built, it represents a fraction of overall production. Following its recent service, this example is ready to be driven and enjoyed, the perfect stablemate to a Chiron, collection of modern supercars, or vintage Bugattis.


From the November 2009 issue of Car and Driver.

Tuesdays can be unpredictable at Car and Driver. For example, one Tuesday this past July there was suddenly not one but two Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sports shimmering in the sunlight by our doorstep. Targa roofs jettisoned, they were a glistening pair of $2,128,230 carbon-fiber blisters seething with recherché decadence.

Two Grand Sports parked side by side look like the roller skates of a golem that wears a 75-foot silk Armani. With just five hours allotted, we grabbed the key to one Bugatti and took off, figuring we’d leave the other in reserve just in case of trouble. You never know about Tuesdays.

The world’s way-fastest production car went on sale in 2005, though just 225 or so coupes have been ordered. Eventually, Bugatti plans to make 300 Veyron coupes and 150 Grand Sport roadsters, unless the Sultan of Brunei decides to hand them out as party favors, in which case there could be more. With time to reflect on what was wrought by 21st-century technology enslaved to an ancient impulse to express wealth and power, we’ve come to some conclusions.

First, the Veyron can never be to the millennial generation what the Lambor­ghini Countach was to Gen X. The Humpty Dumpty shape simply lacks the malevolence to make a good wall poster. And the Veyron doesn’t have scissors doors.

Also, Ferdinand Piëch is nuts.

Madmen don’t often get to run major car companies. The Volkswagen chairman with the long inseam and burnished forehead, last seen dining on the bones of Porsche after it launched a plucky and ultimately futile takeover of VW, is an engineer with a reliable taste for the bizarre and inscrutable. Piëch has run VW and its various children, including Bugatti, as his personal fetish factory since 1993. It’s been a glorious spectacle.

There were freakish W-12 and W-8 engines. There were VWs priced on top of Audis, an Audi that outperforms and undercuts a Lamborghini, and a VW that tried to be a Mercedes. Remember the Phae­ton and its $200 million glass factory with Canadian maple floors? Hey you, in the pinstripe, put down the car company and back away slowly!

Details about the Veyron Grand Sport: There is a 36-pound transparent polycarbonate roof that is removed with help from a friend. There’s also a black canvas tarp with carbon-fiber bows that covers the cockpit like a Nicoderm patch. By twisting a glossy aluminum and carbon-fiber rod that is threaded at one end—the rod probably costs more than a new Toyota Yaris—you slowly unpucker the canvas like an umbrella and snap it into place, then stow the rod inside a tube in the cockpit.

With the roof affixed, you can match the Bugatti coupe’s full 253-mph top speed if you own a considerable section of interstate freeway. With the umbrella in place, Bugatti strongly advises not exceeding 100 mph, which is roughly the high end of second gear. With no roof, the Grand Sport’s corrupted aerodynamics permit only 224 mph, which we strongly advise against if you’ve ever had hair transplants.

Counting the 26.4-gallon fuel tank and the roughly 26 gallons of lubricant and water aboard, there are close to 400 pounds of liquids in a fully tanked Grand Sport. The 1001-hp, 7998cc quad-turbo W-16 engine; the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission; and the differentials, driveshafts, and Haldex electronic all-wheel-drive system represent another 1800 pounds or so.

Which means that if you smack a wall head-on in a Veyron, the hurtling engine seeks to crush you like a ripe watermelon. Removing the roof only weakens the cabin, so the Grand Sport’s doors are of sturdier carbon fiber instead of aluminum, as in the coupe, with carbon-fiber columns inside that reinforce the passenger capsule in an impact. The A-pillars are also thicker, and the transmission tunnel is fully boxed for more rigidity.

Everything inside a Bugatti is freshly dug out of a bauxite mine or herded off some pasture in upper Lombardy. The controls, from the numbly robotic steering to the backup camera embedded in the rearview mirror, would be familiar to most Lexus drivers. That is, except for the seven-speed transmission, which often ignores commands and generally behaves as though it’s waiting for someone more important to take your place. Also, the window switches are backward.

Punching the Grand Sport sans roof is like sticking your head up the nostrils of Seattle Slew. The inlet ducts, which are a few inches behind the seats, inhale as if they’re sucking the oxygen out of the surrounding five square miles. The ticking of the injectors hastens as they revert to hose-down mode, and there’s a cymbal crescendo of the four turbos as they spool up, and then—hang on a sec, you’re about to rear-end the horizon. Somewhere, faint amid all the heavy breathing, is the exhaust, making a catty little growl.

Even carrying an extra 220 pounds over the 4500-pound coupe, the Grand Sport still makes any car you used to consider fast seem quaintly oafish. Does a Bugatti have too much power? Does Piëch? The throttle is somewhat unpredictable due to the turbo lag. Rarely do you want to go full-bore—it’s chancy unless you have choppers scanning the road ahead for any Ferraris dawdling along at 170.

But finding a medium pedal pressure for a normal situation, say, passing a mere middle-class peasant with a suitably haughty burst of speed, is equally challenging. You may find yourself facing an oncoming bus while the turbos are still spooling, the transmission is still debating which gear you deserve, and you are looking for the eject button. Which is right before you blur into a blue-shifted, rapidly balding streak of light.

If you’re stuck between the Veyron coupe and the Grand Sport, consider that for the price difference of $304,732, you could buy a new Porsche Boxster for each of the next six people you meet at the gas pump. Do it on a Tuesday so they won’t be completely shocked by your generosity.

Even at its dazing price, the Veyron won’t clear a profit at its advertised volume. And there are more stimulating cars to drive for comparative pocket change. The $150,200 Audi R8 V-10 is one. Perhaps the world doesn’t need a 1001-hp Bugatti as much as Piëch does.

Future car-show judges may protest, but the ludicrous Bugatti with its quad-turbo, W-16 gorgon is nothing more significant than the fullest expression of one man’s mania. As such, it appears to fall into a familiar pattern. The Duesenberg brothers, Enzo Ferrari, John De Lorean—they all built ego-fueled cars and all went broke or sold out or just sold cocaine. But none had the resources that Piëch has.

Perhaps Bugatti will make an entry-level Veyron without the turbos. Sure, you’ll have to suffer the indignity of not having more horsepower than is legal in almost every form of racing. But absent all that huffing and puffing, the throttle will be lively, the exhaust note sexy, and the drive more pleasurable. There’s been talk, but right now all we know is that Bugatti plans a sedan with the power and opulence to rival the Veyron.

So sit back and enjoy a rare delight. A madman is on the loose with a car company, and he intends to use it.



2009 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

mid-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door targa

$2,128,230 (base price: $2,128,230)

quad-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 64-valve W-16, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
488 in3, 7998 cm3
1001 bhp @ 6000 rpm
922 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm

7-speed dual-clutch automated manual

Wheelbase: 106.7 in
Length: 175.7 in
Width: 78.7 in
Height: 45.1-47.4 in
Curb weight: 4750 lb (est)

Zero to 60 mph: 2.5 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 5.3 sec
Zero to 150 mph: 11.3 sec
Street start, 5-60 mph: 3.2 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 10.1 sec @ 142 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 253 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 158 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.00 g

EPA city/highway driving: 8/14 mpg
C/D observed: 11 mpg
* From C/D, December 2008.

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Bugatti Veyron

Sports car manufactured by Bugatti from 2005–2015 as a successor to the EB 110

Motor vehicle

Bugatti Veyron 16.4
Red Bugatti Veyron on the road (7559997596).jpg

Bugatti Veyron 16.4

ManufacturerBugatti Automobiles S.A.S
  • 2005–2011 (Veyron 16.4; 252 produced)
  • 2009–2015 (Grand Sport; 58 produced)
  • 2010–2011 (Super Sport; 48 produced)
  • 2012–2015 (Grand Sport Vitesse; 92 produced)
AssemblyFrance: Alsace, Molsheim[1]
DesignerJozef Kabaň[2]
ClassSports car (S)
Body style
  • 2-door coupé (16.4, Super Sport)
  • 2-door targa top (Grand Sport, Grand Sport Vitesse)
LayoutMid-engine, all-wheel drive
RelatedAudi Rosemeyer
Bentley Hunaudières
Engine8.0 L (488 cu in) quad-turbochargedW16
Power output
Transmission7-speed dual-clutchautomatic
Wheelbase2,710 mm (106.7 in)
Length4,462 mm (175.7 in)
Width1,998 mm (78.7 in)
Height1,204 mm (47.4 in)
Kerb weight1,838–1,990 kg (4,052–4,387 lb)
PredecessorBugatti EB 110
SuccessorBugatti Chiron

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-enginesports car, designed and developed in France by the Volkswagen Group and Bugatti and manufactured in Molsheim, France, by French automobile manufacturer Bugatti. It was named after the racing driver Pierre Veyron.

The original version has a top speed of 407 km/h (253 mph).[6][7] It was named Car of the Decade and best car award (2000–2009) by the BBC television programme Top Gear. The standard Bugatti Veyron also won Top Gear's Best Car Driven All Year award in 2005.

The Super Sport version of the Veyron is one of the fasteststreet-legal production cars in the world, with a top speed of 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph).[8] The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse was the fastest roadster in the world, reaching an averaged top speed of 408.84 km/h (254.04 mph) in a test on 6 April 2013.[9][10]

The Veyron's chief designer was Hartmut Warkuß and the exterior was designed by Jozef Kabaň of Volkswagen, with much of the engineering work being conducted under the guidance of chief technical officer Wolfgang Schreiber. The Veyron includes a sound system designed and built by Burmester Audiosysteme.[11]

Several special variants have been produced. In December 2010, Bugatti began offering prospective buyers the ability to customise exterior and interior colours by using the Veyron 16.4 Configurator application on the marque's official website.[12][13] The Bugatti Veyron was discontinued in late 2014, but special edition models continued to be produced until 2015.


Bugatti Veyron EB 16/4 Concept, a modified version of the 18/4 Veyron

In May 1998, Volkswagen AG acquired the rights to use the Bugatti logo and the trade name Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. To succeed the EB 110 model produced under the previous ownership, the automaker quickly released a series of concept cars whose technological advancements would culminate in the form of the Veyron 16.4.

Between October 1998 and September 1999, Bugatti introduced a series of Giugiaro-designed concept vehicles, each with permanent four-wheel drive and powered by the Volkswagen-designed W18 engine. The first car, the EB 118, was a 2-door luxury coupé presented at the 1998 Paris Motor Show. The next car, the EB218, was a 4-door saloon presented at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. The third and final car, the 18/3 Chiron, was a mid-enginesports car presented at the 1999 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.[14]

In October 1999, Bugatti unveiled a fourth concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show. The EB 18/4 Veyron was a mid-engine sports car styled in-house under the direction of Hartmut Warkuß.[15] In 2000, a modified version, the EB 16/4 Veyron, was displayed at motor shows in Detroit, Geneva, and Paris. Rather than the three-bank W18 engine of the four previous concept cars, the EB 16/4 featured the four-bank W16 engine architecture installed in every production example of the Veyron.[16]

The decision to start production of the car was made by the Volkswagen Group in 2001. The first roadworthy prototype was completed in August 2003. It is identical to the later series variant, except for a few details. In the transition from development to series production, considerable technical problems had to be addressed, repeatedly delaying production until September 2005.[17]

The Veyron EB 16.4 is named in honor of Pierre Veyron, a Bugatti development engineer, test driver and company race driver who, with co-driver Jean-Pierre Wimille, won the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans while driving a Bugatti.[18] The "EB" refers to Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti and the "16.4" refers to the engine's 16cylinders and quad-turbochargers.[19]

Bugatti Veyron (2005–2011)[edit]

Specifications and performance[edit]

The Veyron's quad-turbocharged W16 engine

The Veyron features an 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged, W16 cylinder engine, equivalent to two narrow-angle V8 engines bolted together. Each cylinder has four valves for a total of 64, but the configuration of each bank allows two overhead camshafts to drive two banks of cylinders so only four camshafts are needed. The engine is fed by four turbochargers and displaces 7,993 cc (487.8 cu in), with a square 86 by 86 mm (3.39 by 3.39 in) bore and stroke.

The transmission is a dual-clutchdirect-shift computer-controlled automatic transmission having seven gear ratios, with magnesium paddles behind the steering wheel and a shift time of less than 150 milliseconds, built by Ricardo of England rather than Borg-Warner, who designed the six speed DSG used in the mainstream Volkswagen Group marques. The Veyron can be driven in either semi-automatic or fully-automatic mode. A replacement transmission for the Veyron costs just over US$120,000.[20] It also has permanent all-wheel drive using the Haldex Traction system. It uses special MichelinPAXrun-flat tyres, designed specifically to accommodate the Veyron's top speed, and cost US$25,000 per set.[20] The tyres can be mounted on the wheels only in France, a service which costs US$70,000.[20] Kerb weight is 1,888 kg (4,162 lb).[21] This gives the car a power-to-weight ratio, according to Volkswagen Group's figures, of 530 PS (390 kW; 523 hp) per ton. The car's wheelbase is 2,710 mm (106.7 in). Overall length is 4,462 mm (175.7 in) which gives 1,752.6 mm (69.0 in) of overhang. The width is 1,998 mm (78.7 in) and height 1,204 mm (47.4 in). The Bugatti Veyron has a total of ten radiators:[22]

  • 3 heat exchangers for the air-to-liquid intercoolers.
  • 3 engine radiators.
  • 1 for the air conditioning system.
  • 1 transmission oil radiator.
  • 1 differential oil radiator.
  • 1 engine oil radiator

It has a drag coefficient of Cd=0.41 (normal condition) and Cd=0.36 (after lowering to the ground),[23] and a frontal area of 2.07 m2 (22.3 sq ft).[24] This gives it a drag area, the product of drag coefficient and frontal area, of CdA=0.74 m2 (8.0 sq ft).

Engine power output[edit]

According to Volkswagen Group and certified by TÜV Süddeutschland, the W16 engine utilised by the Veyron has a power output of 736 kW (987 hp; 1,001 PS), and generates 1,250 N⋅m (922 lbf⋅ft) of torque.[4][25][26]

Top speed[edit]

German inspection officials recorded an average top speed of the original version at 408.47 km/h (253.81 mph)[7] during test sessions on Volkswagen Group's private Ehra-Lessien test track on 19 April 2005.

This top speed was almost matched by James May on Top Gear in November 2006, at the Ehra-Lessien test track, at 407.5 km/h (253.2 mph).[7] May noted that at top speed the engine consumes 45,000 L (9,900 imp gal) of air per minute (as much as a human breathes in four days). Back in the Top Gear studio, co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson commented that most sports cars felt like they were shaking apart at their top speed, and asked May if that was the case with the Veyron at 407 km/h (253 mph). May responded that the Veyron was very controlled, and only wobbled slightly when the air brake deployed.[27]

The car's normal top speed is listed at 343 km/h (213 mph). When the car reaches 220 km/h (137 mph), hydraulics lower the car until it has a ground clearance of about 9 cm (3.5 in). At the same time, the wing and spoiler deploy. In this handling mode, the wing provides 3,425 newtons (770 lbf) of downforce, holding the car to the road.[22]

Top speed mode must be entered while the vehicle is at rest. Its driver must toggle a special top speed key to the left of their seat, which triggers a checklist to establish whether the car and its driver are ready to attempt to reach 407 km/h (253 mph). If so, the rear spoiler retracts, the front air diffusers shut, and normal 12.5 cm (4.9 in) ground clearance drops to 6.5 cm (2.6 in).


The Veyron's brakes use cross drilled, radially vented carbon fibre reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC) composite discs, manufactured by SGL Carbon, which have less brake fade and weigh less than standard cast iron discs.[28] The lightweight aluminium alloy monobloc brake calipers are made by AP Racing; the front have eight[22]titanium pistons and the rear calipers have six pistons. Bugatti claims maximum deceleration of 1.3 g on road tyres. As an added safety feature, in the event of brake failure, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) has also been installed on the handbrake.

Prototypes have been subjected to repeated 1.0 g braking from 312 km/h (194 mph) to 80 km/h (50 mph) without fade. With the car's acceleration from 80 km/h (50 mph) to 312 km/h (194 mph), that test can be performed every 22 seconds. At speeds above 200 km/h (124 mph), the rear wing also acts as an airbrake, snapping to a 55° angle in 0.4 seconds once brakes are applied, providing an additional 0.68 g (6.66 m/s2) of deceleration (equivalent to the stopping power of an ordinary hatchback).[22] Bugatti claims the Veyron will brake from 400 km/h (249 mph) to a standstill in less than 10 seconds, though distance covered in this time will be half a kilometre (third of a mile).[22]

Special editions[edit]

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport (2009–2015)[edit]

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

The targa top version of the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4, dubbed the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, was unveiled at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.[35][36] It has extensive reinforcements to compensate for the lack of a standard roof[37] and small changes to the windshield and running lights. Two removable tops are included, the second a temporary arrangement fashioned after an umbrella. The top speed with the hardtop in place is the same as the standard coupé version, but with the roof removed is limited to 369 km/h (229 mph)—and to 130 km/h (81 mph) with the temporary soft roof. The Grand Sport edition was limited to 150 units, with the first 50 going exclusively to registered Bugatti customers. Production began in the second quarter of 2009.

Special editions[edit]

Name Picture Release date Release price Notes
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Sang Bleu[38]SangBleu.JPGAugust 2009[39]One of a kind.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport L'Or Blanc[40]Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport L’Or Blanc - Flickr - J.Smith831 (1).jpgJune 2011 €1.65 million, excluding taxes and transport Collaboration between Bugatti and the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport "Dubai Motor Show 2011" Special Edition[41]Bugatti Veyron Gran Sport Special edition (7909197160).jpgNovember 2011 €1.58 million, excluding taxes and transport Introduced with a horizontal colour split with a bright yellow body framed in visible black carbon (including black-tinted wheels), seats in yellow-coloured leather upholstery with black stitching, middle console in black carbon, dashboard, steering wheel and gearshift made of black leather with yellow stitching.[42] The car was then shown again at the 2012 Qatar Motor Show.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport "Dubai Motor Show 2011" Special Edition November 2011 €1.74 million, excluding taxes and transport Presented in a two-tone horizontal colour split consisting of visible blue carbon, framed in polished, anodised aluminium.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport "Dubai Motor Show 2011" Special Edition Geneva MotorShow 2013 - Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport.jpgNovember 2011 €1.74 million, excluding taxes and transport Came in the newly developed green carbon fibre tone with polished aluminium.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Bernar Venet[43]Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Venet (10521206404).jpgDecember 2012[44]One of a kind.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, World Record Edition (2010–2011)[edit]

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is a faster, more powerful version of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Production was limited to 30 units. The Super Sport has increased engine power output of 1,200 PS (883 kW; 1,184 hp) at 6,400 rpm and a maximum torque of 1,500 N⋅m (1,106 lb⋅ft) at 3,000–5,000 rpm and a revised aerodynamic package.[45] The Super Sport has been driven as fast as 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph), making it the fastest production road car in the world at the time of its introduction[5][46][47] although it is electronically limited to 415 km/h (258 mph) to protect the tyres from disintegrating.[45]

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record Edition is a version of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 SuperSport. It is limited to five units. It has an orange body detailing, orange wheels, and a special black exposed carbon body. The electronic limiter is also removed with this version.[48]

The model was unveiled in 2010 at The Quail, followed by the 2010 Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca, and the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.[49]

Top Speed World Record[edit]

On 4 July 2010, James May, a television presenter on BBC Two's television show Top Gear, drove the Veyron Super Sport on Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien (near Wolfsburg, Germany) high-speed test track at 417.61 km/h (259.49 mph). Later that day, Bugatti's official test driver Pierre Henri Raphanel drove the Super Sport version of the Veyron at the same track to establish the car's top speed. With representatives of the Guinness Book of Records and German Technical Inspection Agency (TÜV) on hand, Raphanel made passes around the big oval in both directions achieving an average maximum speed of 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph), thus taking back the title from the SSC Ultimate Aero TT as the fastest production vehicle of all time.[8] The 431.072 km/h mark was reached by averaging the Super Sport's two test runs, the first reaching 427.933 km/h (265.905 mph) and the second 434.211 km/h (269.806 mph).[50][51]

When the record was certified it was already well known to the public that the customer car would be electronically limited to 415 km/h (258 mph). Yet, after a query by the Sunday Times Guinness' PR director Jaime Strang was quoted on 5 April 2013: "As the car's speed limiter was deactivated, this modification was against the official guidelines. Consequently, the vehicle's record set at 431.072 km/h is no longer valid." On 10 April 2013, it was written on its website: "Guinness World Records would like to confirm that Bugatti's record has not been disqualified; the record category is currently under review."

On 15 April 2013, Bugatti's speed record was confirmed: "Following a thorough review conducted with a number of external experts, Guinness World Records is pleased to announce the confirmation of Bugatti's record of Fastest production car achieved by the Veyron 16.4 SuperSport. The focus of the review was with respect to what may constitute a modification to a car's standard specification. Having evaluated all the necessary information, Guinness World Records is now satisfied that a change to the speed limiter does not alter the fundamental design of the car or its engine."[52][53][54]

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse (2012–2015)[edit]

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is a targa top version of the Veyron Super Sport. The engine in the Vitesse variant has a maximum power output of 1,200 PS (883 kW; 1,184 bhp) at 6,400 rpm and a maximum torque of 1,500 N⋅m (1,100 lb⋅ft) at 3,000–5,000 rpm. These figures allow the car to accelerate from a stand still to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.6 seconds. On normal roads, the Vitesse is electronically limited to 375 km/h (233 mph).

The Vitesse was first unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show[55][56] and later at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show[57] and the 2012 São Paulo Motor Show.[58]

Special editions[edit]

A number of special editions of the Vitesse were made:

In 2013, Bugatti produced a series of Vitesse dedicated to racing legends, including Jean-Pierre Wimille[68][69]Jean Bugatti,[70][71]Meo Costantini,[72] and Ettore Bugatti.[73]

All six models in the Legend series are limited to three vehicles:[74]

Name Picture Release date Release price Notes
Bugatti Legend "Jean-Pierre Wimille"[75]Bugatti Veyron Legends Editions (14972092616).jpg24 July 2013
Bugatti Legend "Jean Bugatti"[76]IAA 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse - Jean Bugatti (9834385524).jpg9 September 2013 €2.28 million, excluding taxes and transport
Bugatti Legend "Meo Costantini"[77]2014 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.jpg5 November 2013 €2.09 million, excluding taxes and transport This model is reminiscent of the Bugatti Type 35. One of the three model made, the only US-spec car, was sold in August 2020 at Bonhams Quail auction for US$ 1,750,000 inc. premium.[78]
Bugatti Legend "Rembrandt Bugatti"[79][80]Salon de l'auto de Genève 2014 - 20140305 - Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt Bugatti 3.jpg3 March 2014 €2.18 million, excluding taxes and transport Rembrandt Bugatti was the brother of company founder Ettore and one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century.
"Black Bess" Legend Vitesse[81][82]Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse "Black Bess".jpg10 April 2014 €2.15 million, excluding taxes and transport This model is reminiscent of the famed Bugatti Type 18 "Black Bess".
Bugatti Legend "Ettore Bugatti"[83]7 August 2014 €2.35 million, excluding taxes and transport This model harks back to the Bugatti Type 41 Royale.


A Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse driven by the Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu at Volkswagen Group's proving grounds in Ehra-Lessien became the fastest open-top production sports car, with a top speed of 408.84 km/h (254.04 mph).[60]

After the world record attempt, Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S, said "When we introduced the Vitesse, we established the top speed for open-top driving to be 375 km/h. Still, we could not let go of the idea of reaching the 400 km/h mark with this car as well. The fact that we have succeeded in reaching 408.84 km/h is a thrill for me, and it reaffirms once again that Bugatti is the leader when it comes to technology in the international automotive industry." The driver, Anthony Liu, claimed "Even at such high speeds it remained incredibly comfortable and stable. With an open-top, you can really experience the sound of the engine and yet even at higher speeds I did not get compromised by the wind at all."[59]

Specifications (all variants)[edit]

Basic specifications[4][5]
Layout and body styleMid-engine, four-wheel drive, two-door coupé/targa topBase price Standard (Coupé), Grand Sport (Roadster):
€1,225,000 (£1,065,000; US$1,700,000)
Super Sport (Coupé), Grand Sport Vitesse (Roadster):
€1,912,500 (£1,665,000; US$2,700,000)
Internal combustion engine8.0 litre W16, 64v 2xDOHC quad-turbochargedpetrol engineEngine displacement
and max. power
7,993 cc (487.8 cu in)
Standard (Coupé), Grand Sport (Roadster):
736 kW (987 hp; 1,001 PS) at 6,000 rpm
Super Sport (Coupé), Grand Sport Vitesse (Roadster):
883 kilowatts (1,201 PS; 1,184 bhp) at 6,400 rpm
Fuel economy[94]
EPA city driving 8 miles per U.S. gallon (29 L/100 km; 9.6 mpg‑imp) EPA highway driving 14 miles per U.S. gallon (17 L/100 km; 17 mpg‑imp)
Top speed fuel economy 3 miles per U.S. gallon (78 L/100 km; 3.6 mpg‑imp), or 1.4 U.S. gal (5.3 L; 1.2 imp gal) per minute

Special editions by car tuners[edit]

Bugatti Veyron Linea Vincero[edit]

The Bugatti Veyron Linea Vincero is a Veyron 16.4 modified by the German car modification firm Mansory.[95]

The Linea Vincero has new wheel rims and new exterior lower bodywork. It extensively uses carbon fibre in the interior and exterior as well.

This car, with its interior and exterior customisations, is worth US$1 million more than a standard Veyron 16.4.[96]

Bugatti Veyron Linea Vincero front view

Bugatti Veyron Linea D'oro[edit]

The Bugatti Veyron Linea D'oro is a car made on the basis of the Veyron Grand Sport and the 16.4 by the German car modification firm Mansory.

The D'oro's exterior design is identical to its predecessor's but it has a few differences such as the gold paint on the badge, rims and other features. The iconic "V" shaped badge is also present on this car's front grille.[97]

Bugatti Veyron Linea D'oro front view

Bugatti Veyron Linea D'oro front view with the headlights on

Bugatti Veyron Linea Viviere[edit]

The Bugatti Veyron Linea Viviere (commonly known as the Mansory Viviere) is a car made on the basis of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport by the German car modification firm Mansory.

This car's exterior design features the iconic "V" shaped front grille and an additional exhaust system below its rear lights. The interior has been handcrafted and carbon fibre has been extensively used.[98]

This car has a second generation known as the Viviere Diamond Edition which has been made on the same basis. This car is the final Veyron Edition tuned by Mansory and has a marble coloured exterior paintwork.[99]

The Bugatti Veyron Linea Viviere costs US$2.3 million, making it one of the most expensive Veyrons ever produced. [100]


As of 6 August 2014[update], 405 cars have been produced and delivered to customers worldwide, with orders that have already been placed for another 30. Bugatti was reported to produce 300 coupés and 150 roadsters up to the end of 2015.[101] Production amounted to 450 units in a span of over 10 years. The final production vehicle, a Grand Sport Vitesse titled "La Finale" (The Last One), was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show from 5–15 March 2015.[102]

Name Units made
Veyron 16.4 252
Veyron Grand Sport 58
Veyron Super Sport 48
Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse 92

Future development[edit]

In 2008, Bugatti then-CEO Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen confirmed that the Veyron would be replaced by another high-end model by 2012.[103] In 2011, the new CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer revealed that the company was planning to produce two models in the future — one a sports car-successor to the Veyron, the other a limousine known as the Bugatti 16C Galibier, which was later cancelled since Bugatti was later then working on a successor to the Veyron, which became the Bugatti Chiron.[104]

The successor to the Veyron was unveiled in concept form as the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo at the September 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

A toned-down version of the radically styled Vision Gran Turismo concept car, now called the Chiron, debuted at the March 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Production started in 2017 and will be limited to 500 units.


  1. ^ The last Veyron, No. 450 was sold in May 2014.


Top Gear[edit]

All three former presenters of the popular BBC motoring show Top Gear have given the Veyron considerable praise. While initially skeptical that the Veyron would ever be produced, Jeremy Clarkson later declared the Veyron "the greatest car ever made and the greatest car we will ever see in our lifetime", comparing it to Concorde and S.S. Great Britain. He noted that the production cost of a Veyron was GB£5 million, but was sold to customers for just GB£1 million. Volkswagen designed the car merely as a technical exercise. James May described the Veyron as "our Concorde moment". Clarkson test drove the Veyron from Alba in northern Italy to London in a race against May and Richard Hammond who made the journey in a Cessna 182 aeroplane.

A few episodes later, May drove the Veyron at the VW test track and took it to its top speed of 407.16 km/h (253.00 mph). In series 10, Hammond raced the Veyron against the Eurofighter Typhoon and lost. He also raced the car in Series 13 against a McLaren F1 driven by The Stig in a one-mile (1.6 km) drag race in Abu Dhabi. The commentary focused on Bugatti's "amazing technical achievement" versus the "non-gizmo" racing purity of the F1. While the F1 was quicker off the line and remained ahead until both cars were travelling at approximately 200 km/h, the Bugatti overtook its competitor from 200 to 300 km/h and emerged the victor. Hammond has stated that he did not use the Veyron's launch control in order to make the race more interesting.

The Veyron also won the award for "Car of the Decade" in Top Gear's end of 2010 award show. Clarkson commented, "It was a car that just rewrote the rule book really, an amazing piece of engineering, a genuine Concorde moment". When the standard version was tested in 2008, it did not reach the top of the lap time leader board, with a time of 1:18.3, which was speculated as being due to the car's considerable weight disadvantage against the other cars towards the top. In 2010 the SuperSport version achieved the fastest ever time of 1:16.8 (dethroned the Gumpert Apollo S, replaced by the Ariel Atom V8 in 2011),[112] as well as being taken to a verified average top speed of 431 km/h (268 mph) by Raphanel on the programme,[113] thenceforth retaking its position as the fastest production car in the world.[114][115][116]

Martin Roach[edit]

In 2011, Martin Roach's book Bugatti Veyron: A Quest for Perfection – The Story of the Greatest Car in the World[117] took the stance that the car had now become so famous that it is effectively a bona fide celebrity. The book follows its author as he attempts to track down and drive the car, along the way interviewing chief designers, test drivers, and the president of Bugatti.

Gordon Murray[edit]

During its development period McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray said in UK auto magazine Evo: "The most pointless exercise on the planet has got to be this four-wheel-drive, thousand-horsepower Bugatti." But after driving it he called it "a huge achievement".[118]

Murray was impressed with the Veyron's engine and transmission after he test drove one for Road & Track magazine. He also praised its styling: "The styling is a wonderful mélange of classic curves and mechanical edges and elements — this should ensure that the car will still look good years from now, and therefore have a chance of becoming a future classic."[119]

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