The Veyron is quite simply the greatest car ever made. This isn’t just the fastest production car in the world, it’s a technological tour de force that defies physics, gravity, and common sense.
With a 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) time of less than 2.7 seconds, the acceleration of the Veyron’s open-top version, the Grand Sport, has been described as “like falling out of an airplane,” yet its road manners are the pinnacle of civility.
The legendary 16-cylinder, quad-turbocharged engine develops 1,001 bhp, yet it can brake from 62 mph (100 km/h) to a standstill in only 103 ft (31.4 m). The Veyron is more than just a million-pound supercar, it’s a global celebrity in its own right.
When VW bought the Bugatti brand in 1998 nobody could have guessed their plans for such a stunning reinvention, or that they would create the world’s most audacious supercar so quickly. In 1999, they surprised the world by showing the first concept, and by 2005 had created an automotive masterpiece that will never be repeated in our lifetime.
Grand Sport versions have a removable, lightweight, transparent polycarbonate roof.
With roof removed, speeds of up to 217 mph (350 km/h) are possible.
Brakes are cross-drilled, radially vented silicon carbide discs.
Seven separate radiators keep engine, gearbox, and differential cool.
Air brake rises in 0.4 seconds and has the stopping power of an ordinary hatchback.
Steering wheel has magnesium gearbox paddles for the seven-speed direct-shift, dual-clutch, computer controlled automatic made by Ricardo in England. Shift speed is 150 milliseconds and the car’s torque is an incredible 1,250 Nm at 2,200–5,500 rpm.
S P E C I F I C A T I O N S
MODEL Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport (2008)
PRODUCTION 450 (all variants)
BODY STYLE Two-door, two-seater open-top sports car.
CONSTRUCTION Carbon-fiber composite and alloy.
ENGINE 7,993cc W16.
POWER OUTPUT 1,001 bhp.
TRANSMISSION Seven-speed, sequential, dual-clutch automatic.
SUSPENSION Computer-controlled double wishbones front and rear.
BRAKES Carbon-fiber, silicone carbide discs plus rear airbrake.
MAXIMUM SPEED 253 mph (407 km/h)
0–62 MPH (0–100 KM/H) less than 2.7 sec
A.F.C. 9.5 mpg (4 km/l)