For Bugatti, being exceptional is the name of the game. After all, it is the brand’s uncompromising quest to push the boundaries of technology and to find the perfect marriage between luxury and performance that ensures a place for its time-honored tradition in the future.

Even for state-of-the-art automotive technology, taming 1,001 PS is no mean feat. The 16-cylinder mid-engine packs a powerful punch, generating an explosive torque of 1,250 newton meters. In 2005, Bugatti unveiled the Veyron 16.4 super sports car, a car with a top speed of 407 kilometers per hour and capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in under three seconds. Faster, more powerful and more extravagant than anything ever produced in the super sports car segment this car will go down in automotive history. Price tag: €1.4 million plus taxes.

Super sport model Bugatti Veyron 16.4 in numbers (photo)
The crowning moment for the model series came in 2010, when the 1,200 PS Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport set a new speed record of 431 kilometers per hour on the Volkswagen test ground in Ehra-Lessien, Lower Saxony. The 300 limited-edition Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Coupé and Super Sport models have long been sold. Nonetheless, the spirit of Veyron lives on as a Grand Sport1 roadster. The panoramic roof is easy to remove; open-topped, the Grand Sport can reach top speeds of 350 kilometers per hour, leaving every other convertible in the world trailing behind.

Bugatti’s future is firmly rooted in the brand’s strong tradition, which itself has always been on the cutting edge of technology. What exactly this means will be revealed by the four-door Galibier, Bugatti’s latest concept study. This model will redefine the notion of a limousine – ultimate and luxurious in its design, extreme in its performance. In the meantime, the developers are continuing to hone the concept and optimize the details to give the Galibier – like the Veyron before it – a timeless design, state-of-the-art technology, and unique exclusivity. That means Bugatti will continue to be a laboratory for revolutionary technological concepts as part of the Volkswagen Group. And, as always, it will remain streaks ahead of its time. Which calls to mind the words of Nobel Literature Prize winner Hermann Hesse: “To achieve the possible, we must attempt the impossible again and again.”

 AUTHOR Tina Rumpelt



1 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport 736kW, fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 41.9/extra-urban 15.6/combined 24.9; CO2 emissions in g/km: combined 596.

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