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Bugatti Lifts Covers on 261-mph Chiron Ahead of Geneva Debut

Limited-edition ultracar aiming to regain world speed record.

by on Feb.29, 2016

The new Bugatti Chiron.

The long-awaited successor to the Bugatti Veyron has made its debut a day ahead of its official unveiling at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and whether you’re talking price, power or performance, the numbers are staggering.

To run by the basics, the new Bugatti Chiron will punch out 1,500 horsepower, launch from 0 to 60 in less than 2.5 seconds, and top out at 261 mph, enough to put it on target for a new world speed record. Oh, and did we mention the starting price of $2.6 million?

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“The Chiron is the quintessential ultimate super sports car: ultra-modern, incredibly fast, agile and powerful with a stylistically demanding design and the highest possible levels of comfort,” says Bugatti chief Wolfgang Dürheimer. “This combination is not offered by any other market player and gives Bugatti its unique market position.”


Bugatti Finally Confirms Geneva Debut of New Chiron Hypercar

Using electric turbos for its W-16, top speed could near 290 mph.

by on Nov.30, 2015

The long-awaited Bugatti Chiron will finally make its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

After a seemingly endless wait, Bugatti has finally confirmed plans to debut the replacement for its long-lived Veyron at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

As long-rumored, the “hypercar” will be known as the Bugatti Chiron, a name borrowed both from Greek mythology and one of the more legendary Bugatti factory drivers.

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While details remain to be seen, expectations are that the new Chiron will regain claim to being the world’s most powerful – and possibly fastest – automobile, with a 16-ylinder engine likely to produce something on the order of 1,500 horsepower.


Bugatti Sells the Last Veyron

Final model will go on display at Geneva Motor Show.

by on Feb.24, 2015

The last Bugatti Veyron will go to a Mideast buyer.

In an industry where as many as 70 cars can roll down an assembly line each hour, Bugatti is a rare exception. Indeed, it makes even Ferrari seem like a mass market brand.

When it was first introduced, back in 2005, Volkswagen AG’s most exclusive mark promised to build just 450 of the ultracars, the first vehicles ever to top the 1,000 horsepower mark. The maker has held to its word, and a decade later the last hand-built Bugatti Veyron has been sold, with the 450th appropriately dubbed “La Finale” set to go on display at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

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“An unprecedented chapter in automobile history has reached its climax,” boasted Wolfgang Dürheimer, president of Bugatti Automobiles. “In the Veyron, Bugatti has created an automobile icon and established itself as the world’s most exclusive supercar brand.” (more…)

Bugatti Ends an Era with Final “Legend”

Just 20 Veyrons left, exec says.

by on Oct.02, 2014

Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer presents the sixth and final Legend "Ettore Bugatti" at Volkswagen Group Night in Paris.

The word legend is thrown around pretty freely these days, but in the case of Bugatti’s Legends Series of limited edition models, the moniker fits. The run of six “Legends” models is coming to an end with “Ettore Bugatti” edition.

“The Legends edition is an impressive part of the Veyron’s success story. Now the car has reache the finishing straight. Fewer than 20 cars are available for customers,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

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The series began a year ago, when Bugatti introduced the Legends model “Jean-Pierre Wimille” in California. The “Jean Bugatti” followed at the IAA in Frankfurt and the “Meo Costantini“ at the Dubai Motor Show. The series continued earlier this year with the “Rembrandt Bugatti” at the Automobile Salon in Geneva and “Black Bess” at Auto China in Peking. (more…)

Bugatti Mulls Veyron Replacement – a Hybrid

Fuel savings not the goal, but more power.

by on Jul.14, 2014

Bugatti is contemplating replacing its Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse with a hybrid version of the Veyron.

Two words no one expects to hear used together: Veyron Hybrid.

It might be happening.

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Just a few years ago, if you had suggested that Bugatti would build a replacement to the Veyron using a hybrid drivetrain, you might have been committed. But in that time, some of the most respected names in supercar performance have rolled out hybrid hypercars, so that should take some shock off news that Bugatti is hard at work on a hybrid Veyron replacement. (more…)

Dubai Police Add Serious Speed with New Veyron

Department boasts $6 million-plus supercar fleet.

by on Jun.06, 2014

The Dubai Police Department recently added a new $1.6 million Bugatti Veyron to its fleet of supercars.

The initial thought upon hearing that the Dubai police force adding a $1.6 million Bugatti Veyron to its fleet is, “Guess there are no speeders there!”

The department recently added the supercar capable of going from stop to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and tops out at nearly 270 mph to its fleet of supercars.

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Yes…they have a fleet. (more…)

Bugatti Taps History Books for Latest Veyron

Maker revives “Black Bess” moniker for new supercar.

by on Apr.22, 2014

Bugatti unveiled the latest iteration of its Veyron supercar, the Black Bess, at the Beijing Auto Show.

China is the most lucrative car market in the world and it seems that more and more of the country’s wealthy are willing to plunk down huge amounts of money on an expensive vehicle.

So it’s not exactly a big surprise that Bugatti, which rumor has it preparing a whole new supercar for sale later in the decade, has elected to bring a new version of the Veyron to the Beijing Auto Show to entice a few customers to take a look at the car.

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The new version of the Veyron – dubbed Black Bess – is part of Bugatti’s Legends Series, and will be limited to three examples and is based on a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. (more…)

Koenigsegg Agera One:1 Smashes Through 1300 HP Barrier

Taking aim at the land speed record.

by on Mar.03, 2014

Koenigsegg plans to build just six copies of the Agera One:1, at nearly $2.9 million each.

It wasn’t all that long ago that the folks at Bugatti promised the seemingly unthinkable, revealing plans to break the 1,000-horsepower mark with their Veyron ultracar. Now, for those who think that isn’t quite enough muscle for the delay commute, the Swedish automaker Koenigsegg is weighing in with the Agera One:1.

Making its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show today, the fighter jet-like Agera will deliver an astonishing 1322 horsepower – 1340 in metric terms – and 1,011 pound-feet of torque.  Koenigsegg, which is using the new model to celebrate its 20th anniversary, claims the Agera will be able to top out at 280 mph.

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On paper, at least, that suggests what the Swedish maker calls “the world’s first megacar” will also be the planet’s fastest production vehicle. Currently, that title is up in the air, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport officially recognized for its 269.86 mph record run, but with a Hennessey Venom GT nudging out an ever so slightly faster 270.49 mph run that remains a matter of dispute.


Bugatti Limiting Focus to New Hypercar as it Ponders Replacement for Veyron

Galibier concept won’t see production, maker confirms.

by on Jan.22, 2014

A Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, one of the final variants of the maker's hyper sports car.

By whatever definition you use, there are few more exotic and exclusive automotive brands on the planet – and Bugatti plans to keep it that way when it finally wraps up production of the Veyron “hypercar” next year.

Among other things, that means fans can write off plans to put the well-received Galibier concept into production.  According to Bugatti’s President, Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, the next car to come from the Volkswagen subsidiary will follow the same basic strategy as the Veyron.  And that will mean another super-fast, and extraordinarily expensive sports car.

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“We have talked many, many times about the Galibier, but this car will not come because…it would confuse our customers,” Dr. Schreiber told the British magazine Top Gear. “Everyone knows that Bugatti is the ultimate super sports car. It’s easier for current owners, and others who are interested, to understand if we do something similar to the Veyron [next]. And that is what we will do. There will not be a four-door Bugatti.”


Nudging 253 mph in a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

From 0 to jail cell in less than three seconds.

by on Jun.14, 2013

A Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport at rest.

I’ve driven some really great cars in my lifetime.  Ferraris, Bentleys, Porsches, Mercedes – you name it, and chances are I’ve driven it.  That’s the life of an automotive journalist. But my head is still spinning and my heart is still pounding from a recent drive in what can be considered to the ultimate automobile, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport.

It certainly is one of the most expensive, pushing $2 million.  And among the most powerful, nudging up towards 1,200 horsepower. And the fastest, pushing to speeds at which large jetliners would long be airborne. And the most exclusive, with production measured in the tens, not tens of thousands.

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The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is one of those rarities which, when given a chance you make sure to get behind the wheel.  But first, a little history.

The French car company with the Italian name (and now owned by German car company Volkswagen) was founded in 1909 by Ettore Bugatti.  Bugatti built some of the world’s most beautiful and successful cars, often raced against his main nemesis, Bentley.