When production of the Bugatti Veyron began in 2005, we never knew the car would be such a legend. It has broken world records, Top Gear’s fastest lap record and has become the iconic hypercar that every other car is compared to. The Veyron is a car that will have chapters dedicated to it in automotive history.
Now that Bugatti has officially ended production on the Veyron, it’s time to look back on the car’s history. In a video uploaded to YouTube today, Bugatti gives us a chance to reflect on the Veyron’s history.
The Veyron originally had a W18 engine powering it, back when it was known as the “Veyron EB 18.4.” However, this engine was scrapped for the W16 engine you see in the Veyron today.
When the Veyron was first released, it was given the 8.0-liter W16 engine, three intercoolers, three engine radiators and plenty of other added components. These were added in order for the car to perform at its maximum potential, which includes 1,006 bhp and a top speed of 253.81 mph.
In 2008, Bugatti unveiled the new Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport. This new model implements a removable roof and added reinforcements due to the lack of a permanent roof structure. Production on the car began in 2009 with 150 examples created
Just two years after the Grand Sport’s unveiling, Bugatti introduced the Super Sport to the world. This new model added power and speed to the original 16.4 Veyron. With 1,200 bhp and 1,100 lb-ft of torque, the Super Sport can reach 267.856 mph, a top speed that made it the fastest production car in the world.
Needing more power for their topless model, Bugatti created the Grand Sport Vitesse in 2012, which is essentially the Grand Sport with the Super Sport’s engine. When the Vitesse was taken to a top speed of 254.04 mph, it was named the fastest open-top production sports car in the world.
Now, the Veyron’s production has ended, with the final example being call “La Finale.” While sitting around and being sad about the absence of new Veyrons is an option, we think everyone should sit back, reflect on what made the car so special and look forward to what’s next from Bugatti. We can assure you it is going to be something very special.