Imagine the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FF, Aston Martin One-77 and Chevrolet Camaro SS all in one place. No, we are not talking about the cars that would occupy our dream garage; we are just talking about the cars from the insane Dubai Police fleet. To make it even crazier, another supercar has just joined the lineup: the Bugatti Veyron.
So, let’s figure out how many horsepower the fleet now has at its disposal to catch bad guys. there’s 700 from the Aventador; 660 from the FF; 750 from the One-77; 426 from the Camaro SS; and 1,001 from the Veyron. That gives the Dubai police force a total of more than 3,500 horsepower! Hopefully it has a very large stable and a stacked bank account to go along with it.
The problem with the Veyron is that the police officers could be forced to end a chase early, considering the huge gasoline appetite the Veyron has.
We’re just wondering what’s next on the force’s list; can you guess?
Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron. Full story
A few days ago, Bugatti dropped a teaser image of what we thought would be the company’s long-rumored 1,600-horsepower Bugatti SuperVeyron. However, it looks like the teaser image was in fact for a special Veyron Vitesse WRC Limited Edition built to celebrate the company’s latest record.
A Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse with Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu behind the wheel scored a new record for the company: it managed to hit a top speed of 254.04 mph. The result was achieved at the Volkswagen Group’s proving grounds in Ehra-Lessien and was officially confirmed by German organization for Technical Inspection and Certification TÜV.
The special edition Veyron Vitesse WRC will be limited to only eight units and will be priced at €1.99 million (or $2.6 million at the current exchange rates).
Updated 04/26/2013: Bugatti has unveiled a first official video for the Veyron Vitesse WRC Limited Edition that was unveiled a few days ago in Shanghai. The video offers a few shots from the car’s record-breaking exploits and offers a few more details on the supercar. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Vitesse WRC. Full story
These past few weeks have been full with Bugatti Veyron news, with the most important one being its new 254 mph record established by a Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. Today it’s time to see the Veyron in action one more time, but this time in its Gran Sport variant.
The supercar was pushed to the extremes by 2004 Le Mans winner, Seiji Ara, at Fuji Speedway. The great part of this video is that it presents not only the car in action on the racetrack, but it also offers some of the Ara’s impressions.
The Grand Sport is powered by the same 8-liter W-16 engine that develops a total of 1,001 horsepower and 921 pound-feet of torque. The supercar can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and can hit a top speed of 252 mph, but it is limited to 217 mph with the roof down.
The Guinness Book of World Records has done an about-face and has reinstated the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s top speed time as the official world record.
In an embarrassing reversal that no one saw coming, Guinness decided to reinstate the Veyron Super Sport’s 267.8 mph top speed record after further investigation revealed that the deactivated speed limiter, the apparent reason for all this trouble, did not fundamentally alter the design and engine of the Veyron Super Sport.
This after it announced that the deactivated speed limited was against official guidelines, which did not qualify the supercar as a "production car.”
Well, make up your mind, Guinness...
There’s apparently a lack of understanding of what constitutes the rules over at Guinness. That, or they have a pretty trigger-happy decision-making board that did not err on the side of meticulous investigation before they stripped the Veyron Super Sport of the top speed record.
But we don’t think Bugatti is fretting this a little bit. It’s been an eventful week for them and they’ve accrued enough media mileage to last them a while.
From the record stripping, to the release of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport WRC, to the reinstatement of the aforementioned record, you can’t say that Bugatti didn’t earn the media attention it’s received in the past week.
And at the end of the day, it still owns the top speed record. All’s well that ends well, apparently.
Click past the jump to read about the Guinness World Record’s official statement regarding the reinstatement of the Veyron Super Sport’s top speed record. Full story
Yesterday, Bugatti unveiled the special-edition Veyron Vitesse WRC Limited Edition to celebrate its latest record: a top speed of 408.84 km/h (254.04 mph) achieved with a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse with Chinese racecar driver Anthony Liu behind the wheel.
Today, British magazine EVO released the first video featuring Bugatti’s new record. Harry Metcalfe took a trip to Ehra-Lessien, Germany to be a witness of this major event. Luckily for us he was kind enough to share the event with us, before Bugatti will decide to finally offer an official video of its new record.
In this video, he mentions the Veyron SuperSport’s “world record” top speed; well, that has since been stricken from the Guinness Book due to its disabled speed limiter. We can only hope that the WRC Limited Edition will also have its limiter disabled from the factory, as from what Metcalfe tells us, the record-setting model does, in fact, have its limiter off. If not, we can surely expect to see the same drama as unfolded earlier in the week.
As a plus, at the end of the video, Harry Metcalfe gets behind the wheel of the new Veyron Vitesse WRC and pushes it to the limit. Our advice to you is to be patient and watch the full 10 minutes video, it totally worth it!
Bugatti may have officially lost the fastest production car record, but it certainly appears that the French automaker isn’t too bummed out about it.
Nope, Bugatti’s got more important things to think about these days and just today, it gave us an idea of what important things it’s up to with the release of a mysterious teaser on its Facebook page.
The automaker’s keeping mum on details, opting only to say that "It’s almost time for us to share the latest example of exceptional Bugatti performance".
Immediately, we thought about the 1,600-horsepower Bugatti SuperVeyron, a vehicle that first made headlines last year and has since become one of the most eagerly anticipated supercar debuts of the year.
Bugatti’s message on the social media site also included a little piece of nugget, telling us to "keep a close eye on Facebook over the next few days".
Something tells us that we’re all in for a pretty interesting week if Bugatti lives up to its word of showing us the "latest example of exceptional Bugatti performance".
In the meantime, click past the jump to check out what we think of the Bugatti SuperVeyron. Full story
Some pretty shocking news came out recently involving the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. According to Driving.co.uk, the Guinness Book of World Records has stripped the Veyron Super Sport of its "fastest production car" record on grounds that it had breached the rules in its record-setting attempt.
The record, which has stood for three years, was re-investigated after an enquiry by Driving.co.uk regarding a speed restrictor that Bugatti deactivated to achieve its top speed. After an investigation by the Guinness World Records, the 267.8 mph the Veyron Super Sport was nixed from the record books because the deactivated speed restrictor did not qualify the supercar as a production model.
“It has come to the attention of Guinness World Records that there was an oversight in its adjudication of the ‘Fastest production car’ which was set in 2010 by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport,” said Jaime Strang, PR Director of the Guinness World Records.
“As the car’s speed limiter was deactivated, this modification was against the official guidelines. Consequently, the vehicle’s record set at 431.072 km/h is no longer valid. Following this, Guinness World Records is reviewing this category with expert external consultants to ensure our records fairly reflect achievements in this field.”
Click past the jump to read more about this story, including Bugatti’s response to having its holy grail record wiped off the record books. Full story
The third - and last - special edition developed by Bugatti for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is the 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Fire Finch Bronze Carbon. As its name suggest, this special edition is painted in a nice "Fire Finch" tone - a color composition called "Ying & Yang" – used here for the first time.
Bronze-colored carbon was used for the car’s rear, the cowlings, the roof frame and on the A-pillars. A complementary brown "Fire Finch" has been used for the side panels, the rear air intake grilles and the exterior mirrors. The ventilation grilles and brake calipers are offered in a neutral black.
For the interior, Bugatti combined a powerful orange ("Burnt Orange") and a dark brown ("Coffee"). The steering wheel spokes, steering wheel center and 12 o’clock ring are in a polished-aluminum finish. To help set the interior off, Bugatti used Orange highlight stitching on the Coffee-colored leather center tunnel.
This one-off edition will be priced at €1.95 million - around $2.5 million at the current exchange rates.
While makers like Ferrari and Lamborghini have unveiled their latest creations at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti decided to only offer three one-off editions based on the current roadsters offered by the company.
The first one is a 16.4 Grand Sport Green Carbon - a model built to pay tribute to the Bugatti Royale built between 1926 and 1933.
On this special edition, the complete rear end, the engine cowlings, the roof trim strips, the door sills, the lower area of the front apron and the front bonnet are all painted in Green Carbon, while all the rest of the body features a very cool paint finish.
The car’s front wings and exterior mirror housings are in polished aluminum, while the 20-inch wheels feature a combination of green and silver two-tone Diamond Cut finish. The model also featues the motif of a dancing elephant - reminiscent of the Art Deco bonnet figure designed by Rembrandt Bugatti.
The same green-silver theme continues on the interior, where Bugatti combined green leather with silver contrast seams on the seats, the steering wheel rim and the gear lever.
This one-off Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Green Carbon is priced at €1.92 million (about $2.5 million at the current exchange rates).
Bugatti came to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with two specially designed Grand Sport Vitesses that want to prove the almost infinite range of exterior themes offered by Bugatti. The first Vitesse to be displayed at the show features a very cool Black Carbon treatment.
The model is distinguished by enlarged air intakes on each side of the radiator grille, lower air slit running back along the side to the wheel housings, a double diffuser and centrally positioned twin tailpipe. The supercar’s body is covered in black carbon and is combined with the brake calipers and the exterior mirror housings offered in blue along with the roof trim and the grille in polished aluminum.
For the interior, Bugatti is using a combination of Beluga Black and brown Gaucho leather. The cockpit, the three-spoke wheel and the center tunnel feature blue stitching, while carbon insertions are used on the door inserts, in the center console extension, on the iPad stowage surround, on the belt exit point trims on the seats and on a cover carrying the EB logo.
This one-off Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Black Carbon is priced at €2.02 million (about $2,6 million at the current exchange rates).