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  Bugatti is a French car manufacturer and was founded in 1909. The company was known for its engineering in automobiles and for the artistic designs with the Type 57SC Atlantic being a fine example. The manufacturer has also has a lot of success on the race track and won the Monaco GP in 1930 for the first time. The manufacturer went into financial trouble after the death of its owner and after the WWII and only after it was bought by Volkswagen did it come back into prominence.

When you hear about Achim Anscheidt - Bugatti Head of Design - you would probably expect him to drive a supercar like the Bugatti Veyron , right? Nope, he isn’t that kind of guy. Instead he opted for something a little bit more classic, and a lot cooler: a 1981 Porsche 911 .

This is no normal old 1981 Porsche 911 either, oh no. This one is completely gutted and all of the removable panels – trunk, bonnet, doors, front fenders, etc. – are all made from Kevlar. Yeah, you read that right: Kevlar! He also cleaned up the engine bay a little bit and replaced the windows with plastic, which brings the 911’s weight down to a svelte 820 kg (1,807 pounds).

Unfortunately, Anscheidt didn’t let us in on the 911’s performance numbers, but we’ll just assume it’s pretty dang fast.

After watching the video let us know in the comments section below what do you think about his choice: would you drive the 1981 911 or rather take the Veyron?

At this point, we don’t know what’s going on with the Bugatti Galibier . Last we heard, it was being significantly altered because the higher-ups at Bugatti didn’t like its design, but that’s not important right now.

What’s important now is Bugatti’s recently announced 1,600-horsepower SuperVeyron – a car that first made headlines a few weeks ago when the French automaker released some information on it. The latest to come out about the SuperVeyron is that it will make its world debut next year at the 2013 IAA Motor Show.

Jens Schulenburg, Bugatti’s chief vehicle engineer, recently told Autocar about the challenges of building what is essentially the ultimate Veyron. “The big challenge will be reducing weight, Schulenburg said. "We are looking at some incredible technologies, such as wheels made entirely from carbon fiber. We’re considering hybrids, too.”

Bugatti is looking at shaving almost 550 pounds off of the Veyron Super Sport’s body while developing the SuperVeyron. We also expect Bugatti to bore out its existing 8.0-liter W-16 engine to a 9.6-liter displacement, which will help bump the SuperVeyron’s output to 1,600 horsepower. These extra ponies will net the newest Veyron a 1.8-second 0-to-60 mph time and a top speed that’s expected to reach 288 mph.

Should the SuperVeyron live up to the growing hype it’s been generating, a lot of people could end up forgetting that the Galibier even exists. At least until Bugatti decides to release that model.

We’ll keep an eye on this situation and bring you updates as Bugatti releases more info.

UPDATE 11/19/2012: Unfortunately, we don’t have any new information to bring you, but we have just released our first rendering for the upcoming Bugatti SuperVeyron. Enjoy!

Source: Autocar

Anyone who thought the Bugatti speed legacy was going to quit at 1200 HP may be in for a big surprise once the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show gets underway. According to Automobilemag, the French manufacturer is working on a 1600 HP version of the Veyron and have dubbed it the "SuperVeyron."

The new Bugatti SuperVeyron is supposed to incorporate extensive use of carbon fiber, shaving off about 550 lbs from the Veyron Super Sport ’s total weight of 4052 lbs. Under the hood, Bugatti will place an 8.0-liter (or 9.6-liter) engine that will deliver an amazing 1600 HP, and a power-to-weight ratio of one kg (2.2 pounds) per hp thanks to the amazing weight loss. With these additions, the new SuperVeyron will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 1.8 seconds, while top speed will be raised from the current 259 HP up to an impressive 288 mph.

Next to the extra power, the new supercar will also get new designs for the front and rear with even more sophisticated active aerodynamics.

If these reports are true, then all of this will come in at a not-so-bargain price of over $2.5 million.

Bugatti showed up to the São Paulo Motor Show with another one-off edition supercar: the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Gris Rafale. It’s a Bugatti, so the price is just as astronomical as the car, topping off at 1.9 million Euros (about $2.4 million). The base price of the standard Grand Sport Vitesse is 1.69 million Euros (about $2.2 million at the current rates).

This one-off Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse features a light "Gris Rafale" exterior color combined with blue visible carbon on the roof area, air scoops, air brake, and some parts of the rear. The same contrasting colors were used for the interior with lake blue leather seats and light gray stitching.

Under the hood, Bugatti has retained the usual 7.9-liter 16-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 1,200 HP and 1,106 lb/ft of torque. The supercar sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and can hit an impressive top speed of 255 mph.

We don’t know if we’d pay an extra $200,000 for a paint job, but we’re pretty sure someone else will.

In the latest episode of his show Jay Leno reviews one of the greatest supercars currently available on the market: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse . Leno had its first contact with the car at the Pebble Beach Concours, where the Grand Sport Vitesse made its official North American debut.

Next to him you will see John Hill, sales director of Bugatti Automobiles USA who is offering a few more details on the car Leno is about to review. This particular model is painted in the same exterior color as Leno’s 1928 Bugatti Type 37A, making it an even more special appearance.

And, for those of you who do not remember, the Grand Sport Vitesse is powered by a 7.9-liter 16-cylinder engine in producing an output of 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb/ft of torque - enough power to sprint the car up to an impressive 255 mph. So, what do you think, was Leno impressed by this beast? Check it out!

Remember the nugget of pure awesome that was the Bugatti EB110 ? Don’t worry if you don’t, as likely three-quarters of the world doesn’t remember the short-lived predecessor to the Veyron, which saw only 139 examples from 1991 through 1995. If you don’t remember that then you definitely don’t remember the lighter and more powerful EB110 Super Sport that was available in 1992.

For those that don’t know of it, the 1992 EB110 SS pumped 603 horsepower from its 3.5-liter V-12 engine. It blasted from 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) in only 3.2 seconds and had a top speed of 348 km/h (216 mph). All of this during the dark ages of the supercar, the early 1990s. To put this in perspective, the Lamborghini Diablo could only muster up 425 horsepower, hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, and had a 202 mph top speed. So, yeah, the EB110 SS was bad-ass.

Because of how rare it is, you will likely never see one in person, let alone see one do a burn out and be driven like a real supercar. Well, we’re here to give you that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, through the power of interweb video!

The above video is chock-full of awesome tire smoldering, hard driving and all sorts of sweet small displacement V-12 engine noises. Kick back, crank up the volume, and enjoy!

A major auto show isn’t complete these days without the presence of the supremest of all supreme super cars: the Bugatti Veyron . So it’s no surprise that Bugatti has taken to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show to introduce yet another special iteration of the Veyron Grand Sport , this time called the Grand Sport Vitesse. In case you’re wondering, "Vitesse" translates to "speed" in our language.

Suffice to say, there’s really just one description apt for the Grand Sport Vitesse: it’s the fastest serially produced convertible in history. It’s hard to believe Bugatti can keep raising the ante to ridiculous heights with the Veyron, but they always seem to get the job done.

"Once again our engineers worked hard to demonstrate that Bugatti is able to constantly redefine the boundaries of what is technically feasible," said. Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer.

"We gave our all to transfer the achievements of the Super Sport over to the Grand Sport, thereby turning open-top driving itself into an extraordinary experience at high speed."

Judging from what they’ve created, we’re guessing that Bugatti is quite pleased with how the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse turned out.

UPDATE 10/05/2012: Bugatti has unveiled a very cool video presenting the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse in action. Enjoy!

Find out more about the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse after the jump.

While Bugatti didn’t bring an amazing new supercar to the 2012 Paris Auto Show, they did come stocked with their usual one-off edition based on the latest version of the Veyron . This time it’s a Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse painted in a unique Bianco and New Light Blue color scheme.

According to Bugatti, this paint scheme was inspired by the famous Type 37A, which was built in 1928, won a multitude of Grand Prix races in its time, and is now owned by Jay Leno. A very cool "Bianco" paint finish was used for the upper area of the body, including the roof and the air scoops, while "New Light Blue" was used for the lower body panels, including the side skirting, front spoiler, radiator grille frame, and rear apron with diffuser, as well as in the inner surfaces of the wheels and the underside of the automatically extending rear spoiler.

Any Bugatti enthusiast would be crazy not to want to own this beautiful piece of machine, but they’d be even crazier to think it would be available for long. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Bianco and New Light Blue has already been sold for a cool $2.5 million, even though the standard model is priced at about $2.2 million. Aside from the unique paint scheme, we just don’t see an extra $300,000 worth of upgrades here.

We first heard that a special edition Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse was being built by Bugatti Beverly Hills for the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance a few weeks ago. Over the weekend, we finally got to see what the car is all about.

Based on the Grand Sport Veyron Vitesse, the special edition model came dressed for the party in grand style, featuring a unique bespoke Bianco and New Light Blue color scheme that was inspired from the 1928 Bugatti Type 37A. To fit into its special edition designation, the supercar was treated to a Bianco hue on the car’s upper body, as well as on a number of the car’s components, including the air scoops and the roof area. Meanwhile, the lower part of the supercar’s body has been finished in the New Light Blue color, which also covers the side skirts, the radiator grille frame, the front spoiler, the rear apron, the rear spoiler, and the inner surfaces of the wheel rims.

As for the interior, Bugatti Beverly Hills opted for Cognac leather with matching Light Blue inserts, a two-color set-up that is just as luxurious as the supercar’s two-tone body.

No modifications were done on the supercar’s engine, which means that you can expect to receive the same 7.9-liter 16-cylinder engine of the Grand Sport Vitesse with an output of 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb/ft of torque. Those numbers translate to a 0-62 mph time of just 2.6 seconds with a top speed of 255 mph.

No word yet on how many of these special edition models Bugatti will build, although they did announce that the car will sell for € 1.74 million. That’s about $2.15 million based on current exchange rates.

UPDATE 08/22/2012: The engine on the one-off Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Special Edition hadn’t even cooled from being driven onto the Pebble Beach lawn and the supercar had already scored itself an owner. Someone with deep pockets dished out a cool $2.5 million to call this special edition supercar his own.

All we’ve heard about the Bugatti Galibier so far has been concept details and speculation, but things are about to turn around for all the fans wishing the company would take the next big step. Volkswagen has offered Bugatti the backing they need for a 16C Galibier sedan.

Apparently, Wolfgang Duerheimer, the man who recently took over as head of Bugatti and Bentley, was the main proponent behind pushing Volkswagen to give them a break. The Galibier , a 1000 HP sedan, was first shown as a concept in 2010 and when put into production, will cost about $1.4 million. It will use a 16-cylinder engine that can run on both biofuel and gasoline, and will bring back the dual-clutch gearbox. Production will require facilities in Molsheim, France, to be refitted, which may push back deliveries until 2013 or 2014.

The official name for the production model hasn’t been provided yet, but Bugatti’s decision to offer a production version sedan should come as no surprise considering Lamborghini has already confirmed the production version of the Estoque and Ferrari has brought out the FF . These competitors by no means come close to the power behind the Bugatti, but they do illustrate the luxury automakers that are taking advantage of the upswing the economy is making by expanding their lineups.

UPDATE 08/20/2012: According to AutoBlog.it, the Bugatti is scheduled to hit the market sometime in late 2014, early 2015, and will be dishing out over 1,000 HP. According to the site, Wolfgang Dürheimer, CEO of Bugatti, has said that the Galibier will also have a top speed over 378 km/h (235 mph) and will be "faster than anything currently on the market." This power will come from a 8.0-W 16-liter Flex Fuel engine with an eight ducts titanium exhaust system, but Dürheimer stated that the company’s focus is on power more-so than the car’s hybrid capabilities. All that means is that we are still not 100% sure that this thing will be a hybrid.

Hit the jump for a full list of rumors regarding the Bugatti 16C Galibier.

Source: Bloomberg

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