Since it broke into the scene in 1999 at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Bugatti Veyron has seen countless variations; horsepower bumps, convertibles and even special paint jobs. But no matter how small the detail being changed, we keep coming back for more.
Bugatti is celebrating 15 years of the Veyron at the Retromobile in Paris, which takes place from Feb. 5 – 9, marking the occasion with a display of the original design study, not seen since Tokyo in ’99.
Originally designed with a W-18 engine, the Veyron EB 18/4 garnered a lot of attention. The final production Veyron came fitted with a 1001 horsepower, 922 ft/lbs 8 liter W-16 engine, which brought it to a top speed of 254 mph.
Though Bugatti is playing down any chance of a further upgraded Veyron, they’ve all but admitted a successor is soon on its way.
Bugatti at Rétromobile 2014: paying tribute to the Veyron
Paris / Molsheim, 3 February 2014 – Bugatti is celebrating the Veyron. This year’s Salon
Rétromobile in Paris sees the French super sports car brand present the EB 18/4
“Veyron” design study. This is the first time that the study has been displayed at a trade
fair since its unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1999.
The unveiling of the Bugatti EB 18/4 “Veyron” design study not only created a stir in Tokyo, but
also signalled the start of a true success story; that of the fastest, most exclusive series
production super sportscar in the world, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. The inspiration for the study
was Bugatti’s outstanding history of success in motorsport racing, a fact which is reflected not
only in the design and form of the vehicle’s interior, but also in the car’s name. Pierre Veyron
was a works driver for Bugatti and, during the 1930s, amassed numerous racing victories for
the brand, celebrating his greatest triumph with Bugatti at the 24 Heures du Mans in 1939.
The successful market launch of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 in 2005 marked the beginning of a
new era for the marque. Fast on the heels of this 1,001 PS rocket, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
was released five years later and, with a top speed of 431.072 km/h, still holds the world speed
record today. Production of both coupés was limited to a mere 300 units, with the vehicles
crafted at Bugatti’s historical headquarters in the Alsatian town of Molsheim. These have been
sold out since 2011. The stand in Paris is to include another highlight, in the form of a display
wall exhibiting the original configurations of these 300 vehicles.
The brand’s current portfolio includes the open-top Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport1, which
boasts an astonishing 1,001 PS, and the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse2, which delivers
1,200 PS and holds the title of world’s fastest series production roadster. These roadsters are
limited to a series run of 150 vehicles. Two thirds of these have already been sold, meaning
that only around 40 vehicles are still available.
The Rétromobile takes place from 5 to 9 February 2014 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
exhibition site. Bugatti can be found in Hall 1, at stand P43.