Bugatti Veyron is a mid-engined grand touring car, designed and developed by the Volkswagen Group and manufactured in France by Bugatti Automobiles. With a slick, Batmobile-like appearance, Bugatti Veyron is one of the most desired automobiles in the world, especially since its Super Sport version is the fastest street-legal car in the world with a top speed of 431.072 km/h. Chief designer for the Bugatti Veyron was Hartmut Warkuss, while the exterior was designed by Jozef Kaban from Volkswagen. Though it was commissioned by VW, the Veyron can only be sold through Bugatti dealers.
Though many special variants and limited editions of the Bugatti Veyron were produced, all the cars are fitted with an 8.0 L W16 cylinder engine with four turbochargers and dual clutch transmission with seven gear ratios with magnesium paddles behind the steering wheel and a shift time of less than 150 milliseconds. He Bugatti Veyron can be driven in either semi- or fully automatic mode and, according to the manufacturers, its engine can produce up to 1,001 metric horsepower. In December 2010 Bugatti started to offer prospective buyers the opportunity of customizing the interior and exterior colors of their Veyron through their official website’s application called Veyron 16.4 Configurator.
Bugatti Veyron was born when in 1998 Volkswagen bought the trademark rights from the former Bugatti manufacturer wishing to revive the brand. This new Bugatti got its name from Pierre Veyron, a former Bugatti development engineer, test driver and company race driver who, together with co-driver Jean-Pierre Wimille, won the 1939 24 hours of Le Mans behind the wheels of a Bugatti. As for other specifications, car buffs may be interested to know that Bugatti Veyron’s brakes use cross drilled, radially vented carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide composite discs which have a much stronger resistance to brake fade, with Bugatti claiming a maximum deceleration of 1.3 g’s on road tires. Yet as an extra safety feature, in case of brake failure, an anti-lock braking system has been installed in the handbrake.
A mid-engine, four-wheel drive, two-door coupe Bugatti Veyron, meaning a basic model of the automobile can cost a minimum of €1,225,000 or US $1,700,000. It can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.46 seconds and it needs ten radiators to cool the engine system, transmission oil and a heat exchanger for the air to liquid intercoolers. As mentioned above, the Bugatti Veyron was produced in many special variants, such as the 2006 Pur Sang of which only 5 pieces were made with high-gloss bronze roadwheels and diamond-cut glass-like finish. Other special models include the Pegaso, Sang Noir, Bleu Centenaire, Nocturne, Soleil de Nuit, Grey Carbon, Bijan Pakzad Edition, L’Or Blanc and many others.
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