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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 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…)

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…)

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.”


Bugatti Unveils Latest in its New “Legends” Series

“Jean Bugatti” edition honors son of founder Ettore Bugatti.

by on Sep.09, 2013

Bugatti bills the Jean Bugatti Legend Edition as the modern interpretation of the Type 57SC Atlantic.

Just weeks after introducing the first limited-edition model in its new “Legends” series, French maker Bugatti is rolling out a second model at the Frankfurt Motor Show, this one dedicated to the son of founder Ettore Bugatti.

In all, there eventually will be six “Legends” editions, each carrying an if-you-have-to-ask price tag of 2.28 million Euros – or just more than $3 million. And like the rest of the series, Bugatti says it plans to produce just three copies of the Grand Sport Vitesse “Jean Bugatti,” celebrating his role in his father’s company and, in particular, Bugatti fils’ most celebrated creation, the Type 57SC Atlantic, one of the world’s most widely praised classics from the pre-War “Golden Era.”

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The Legends models are designed to bring together some of the best attributes of the Bugatti Super Sport and Grand Sport editions. (more…)

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.


Q&A: Bentley and Bugatti’s Franz-Josef Paefgen

What's happened to the luxury car market?

by on Mar.15, 2009

Continental Supersports - Bentley's fastest, most powerful ever. Also the cleanest?

Bentley CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen helps introduce the new Continental Supersports, the automaker's most powerful model ever, at the Geneva Motor Show, earlier this month.

He carries himself with a quiet regalness that almost doesn’t belong in the eat-or-be-eaten automotive world.  But don’t let that fool you.  Franz-Josef Paefgen is one tough businessman.  And under his guidance, the British maker Bentley, the top-line subsidiary of Germany’s Volkswagen AG, has been radically transformed from an industry also-ran to the world’s best-selling ultra-luxury marque.

But times have changed fast, in the current economy.  Bentley’s global sales fell 24% last year, and the market continues to weaken — something unusual, as luxury products traditionally hold up better than more mainstream vehicles.  To find out what’s happening with Bentley, as well as the even more exclusive Bugatti brand — which Paefgen also heads — caught up with the German executive after the press days were over at the Geneva Motor Show.

TDB: How bad is the current automotive downturn?

Paefgen: I think it’s the headline for the car business is, “a lack of confidence.”  Everybody is totally confused about what’s going to happen.  If you are not sure what is happening with your income, your pension, your assets, you’re not thinking about spending money.

TDB: There seem to be all sorts of reasons why luxury sales are so badly off: some because potential buyers are watching their stocks and bonds collapse, some because their home values are off and they can’t access equity lines, still others because they don’t want to be seen spending on a Bentley when their company is laying off.

Paefgen: It’s like a tsunami.  Left and right, you see people being swamped, so the last thing you do is stop to buy an ice cream.  You start running as fast as you can to find a high and dry point to wait until the situation is over.  As soon as we see the banks send a more positive message, I think we will see things change, but right now, when you open the paper, every morning, and you see the headlines, you wonder, “where is my money.”  This is not the right mood to be saying, “What a nice Bentley.”


Sneak Peek: 1350-horsepower Bugatti Centenaire

For those who think 1001 hp isn’t enough.

by on Mar.03, 2009

The 1350-horsepower Bugatti Centenaire.

The 1350-horsepower Bugatti Centenaire.

If you think you just couldn’t cut it with a mere 1001 horsepower, Bugatti’s got just the car for you, the new Centenaire. But getting one could prove a bit problematic.

Considering there are plans to build a grand total of one copy of the striking 2-seater, it’s hard to dispute the claim by Bugatti CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen that this is the “ultimate limited edition.”

The name, Centenaire isn’t a random choice. Even if you don’t speak French, you may realize that it’s designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the legendary automaker by its eponymous founder, Etiore Bugatti.