Bugatti cars

  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.

Bugatti 16C Galibier

Bugatti has already built the last model of the 300 Veyron units planned, but they have been keeping themselves busy preparing and revising the future production version of the 16C Galibier concept unveiled last year.

Named after a famous Alpine pass featured in the Tour de France, the Galibier will be one of the most powerful luxury sedans currently available on the market. It is rumored that the engine will be powered by a detuned version of the 16-cylinder engine used in the Veyron. Expect to see at least 800 HP for the new sports sedan, just enough to sprint the hyper-sedan to an impressive top speed of 217 mph. The sedan will also be equipped with an all-wheel-drive system, an advanced reactive suspension, and carbon-ceramic disc brakes.

The production version Galibier is expected to debut in 2013 and just like the Veyron, it will come with a huge price tag of somewhere around $1.5 million.

You think you know everything about the Bugatti Veyron ? Well, there’s a good chance that you don’t, because if you did, then you probably could have penned this new book about the almighty Veyron supercar.

Written by best-selling author, Martin Roach, the book, titled "A Quest for Perfection: The Story of the Greatest Car in the World" dives into the world of the mythical beast that is the Bugatti Veyron . According to Roach, the book ’traces the genesis of this machine through Bugatti ’s long and glorious early days and then through it’s more turbulent modern era.”

Afzal Kahn, the man behind noted tuning company Project Kahn, was as part of the development of this book as Roach, clearly illustrating his fanatical obsession with the Veyron supercar. Together, the two managed to take a never-before-seen look into the world of Bugatti, one that includes unprecedented access to the key people behind the Veyron supercar, as well as trips to the top secret Bugatti Research & Development workshop in Germany, touring the factory and chateau in France where these stunning cars are hand-built.

The book is already available, and if you’re as interested as we are in reading the history of the Bugatti Veyron , then this book is a definite must-buy.

Source: Random House
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Expensive cars accumulate very expensive maintenance bills, but not everything about them has to empty your wallet of its hard earned cash. One Bugatti owner in Hallandale, Fl. has proven this theory by taking a trip to the local car wash on US1 to get his Veyron sparkling clean.

While some may consider this automotive blasphemy, others - like our penny-pinching Veyron owner - no doubt believe this is a great way to cut down on those ridiculous maintenance fees associated with the $2 million ride. A routine service for the Veyron runs up to around £13,000, which is around $21,000 based on current exchange rates. In the event that you need to replace the specialized rubber on the Veyron, a set will cost you £25,000 ($40,500). Oh, and ’as per Bugatti’s recommendation’, you should change your tires after every 2,500 miles. It’s also common procedure for a car like the Veyron to continuously check for cracks on the wheels of the supercar, a practice that will set you back an extra £7,200 ($11,500). All in all, a year’s worth of maintenance could set owners back about $300,000!

Which brings us back to our $30 car wash guy. This guy is definitely not shelling out $30,000 for his Veyron to get cleaned appropriately, but is having your local car wash rub down your supercar with inexperienced hands a smart move? Probably not.

This poor little record-breaking supercar probably never saw it coming.

Bugatti 16C Galibier

All the hype surrounding Bugatti ’s Veyron successor - the Galibier - is being put on the shelf for the foreseeable future. This latest development from the Bugatti camp comes as a serious blow to the supercar maker after plans were already in place to have the Galibier begin production in the coming weeks.

But ever since the company decided to hold back the release of the Galibier because "it wasn’t outrageous enough", the wheels have completely fallen off of the the Bugatti luxury supercar.

Apart from the expected performance enhancements on the Galibier, Bugatti has also decided to completely redesign the concept to make it more stylish and comfortable. The company has modified the rear end of the 5.36 meter long vehicle and have allowed for better accessibility via the rear doors, as well as more room in the rear seating area.

So what’s the latest surrounding the Galibier? Well, according to Auto Motor und Sport, production of the car has been delayed until 2015 at the earliest. According to Bugatti’s Chief Executive, Wolfgang Durheimer, the vehicle is still missing the release of the Group Board. The three-year delay behind the Galibier’s production is mighty significant, especially since the Veyron is on its last legs. Let’s just hope that Bugatti has something up their sleeves to expedite the car’s release.

Bugatti 16C Galibier

Bugatti should have known better than to let loose a supercar sedan concept without a concrete plan as to its production. Ever since the Bugatti Galibier Concept was unveiled in 2010, auto journalists the world over have been speculating on the vehicle’s production form and quite possibly rushing the French car manufacturer into releasing details a little ahead than necessary. Then again, who are we kidding? The more publicity, the better, right? So let’s give them some more.

Coming out of a rumor that the Galibier is dealing with a little setback in its release date of Fall 2012 because of the vehicle not being "outrageous enough," Bugatti CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, has now confirmed that the production Galibier is "in its second half of the design phase," but will be significantly altered from the concept car originally displayed.

"I will suggest we continue development, but there will be some remarkable changes from the original concept," said Durheimer. "The design will be different, especially from the B-pillar back, the ingress and regress to the rear seats will be improved, as will the legroom and ergonomics, the car will be a little longer, and the power of the engine will be at least four figures."

The decision to change up the car’s design comes from customer clinic held by the company and approved by Durheimer. “Half of Veyron owners have been in the car already,” he said. “You will still recognize the design from the concept, but now this is a design I can be 100% behind.” The new design will combine elements from the Veyron and the classic Atlantic coupe.

The production Bugatti Galibier - name still not confirmed - will be unveiled by 2013 and will be priced at 1.5 million Euros, or about $2.3 million at the current rates.

Source: AutoCar

It’s not unusual for Bugatti to show up to a major auto show with some rendition of their Veyron supercar, and Frankfurt’s model is a special edition Veyron Grand Sport slathered with red exterior paint. It seems Bugatti brought the Grand Sport along because they’re having a bit of trouble selling the powerful convertible. Both the Veyron Coupe and Veyron Super Sport are sold out, but there are still 108 units Grand Sport available, from a total of 150.

So in an effort to move the Grand Sport right along in sales, Bugatti has graced the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show floor with this sultry red model. Everything about this car is red; the exterior, the interior, and the partially red wheels. It’s a fitting color considering there’s a fiery hot 8.0L W16 engine with 1001 HP under the hood.

Along with the beautiful Grand Sport on display, Bugatti also chose the Frankfurt Motor Show to officially confirm that an even more powerful Veyron Grand Sport has been prepared for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This definitely smells like the Grand Sport Super Sport we caught testing just last month!

Bugatti 16 C Galibier

Trouble might be brewing within Bugatti with reports stating that the company might hold off on the production of the Galibier . Apparently, the brand’s head honchos are experiencing some trepidation over the vehicle not being powerful enough.

Clearly, 800 horsepower for a luxury sedan is a staggering output, but for the standards of Bugatti, it is, in the words of company CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, "not outrageous enough."

The word comes from a source who talked to Inside Line, claiming that despite being the "most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four door automobile in the world," the Galibier is still falling short of the lofty expectations Bugatti has set for itself. The fear, at least according to the source, appears to be that the Galibier is still not the "conversation stopper" the Veyron was when it first came out.

According to the source, Bugatti wants to close the door on all of its competitors when their Galibier enters the market. "In his opinion, there should not even be a question about the best car in the world when you sit down to discuss it with your billionaire buddies," the source said.

"He doesn’t want to build it until it’s the car that finishes the argument, not the car that starts it."

For now, the plans are to hold off production of the Galibier for a later date, or at least until Bugatti figures out a way to improve on the luxury sedan’s performance capabilities. When that will be is still anyone’s guess. But at least Bugatti’s trying to nip the problem in the bud before the Galibier gets exposed.

Source: Inside Line

Now that the last unit of the Bugatti Veyron has been sold, the company is shifting its focus to the Grand Sport version with a new special edition. A special edition that, no doubt to overshadow the discontinuation of the Veyron model, has been developed with porcelain manufacturer Königliche Porzellan-Manufatur Berlin (KPM) and is the world’s first motor car to be dressed up in the finest porcelain. Prices for this unique model start at 1.65 million euro, or $2,385,000 at the current exchange rates.

Called the L’Or Blanc, this very special Veyron Grand Sport is a little more psychedelic than elegant with blue swirls painted on the vehicle’s white body. Bugatti designers used a precision tape made of delicate Japanese soft tissue which adheres perfectly to sulfur-containing plasticine. These designers were able to stretch the tape to a certain degree to create the swirls which are up to five meters long. It seems to be rather intricate work for something Austin Powers would drive, but apparently this color technique was chosen because of the way the light reflects on the car’s body.

In addition to the flowing paint job, the Bugatti Veyron L’or Blanc also receives twelve porcelain elements constructed of the finest porcelain at the Berlin based manufacturer. The porcelain is used for the inlays of the center wheel badges, the fuel filler cap, and the oil filler cap, as well as the signature "EB" badge at the rear.

The porcelain has also been used for the interior and can be found on the famous elephant sculpture that stands in an upright standing position. This sculpture was created by Rembrandt Bugatti and adds to the unique nature of the Bugatti Veyron L’or Blanc special edition.

Updated 09/05/2011: The latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage features one of the most impressive Veyrons recently launched on the market: the L’or Blanc. Hit the jump for the video and find out if Jay Leno was impressed by the porcelain elements for exterior and interior design.

Updated 04/30/2012: Bugatti has unveiled a new video presenting the development process behind the Veyron L’or Blanc - the car build to mark the start of a partnership between the Royal Procelain Manufactory Berlin and Bugatti.

Bugatti CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, is spending far too much time worrying about Koenigsegg and SSC and their attempts in breaking the Veyron Super Sport’s top speed record.

What he should be doing is not overlooking other automakers that could swoop in and snatch the precious title away from his company because there are others that are more than capable of doing that, particularly Rotary Supercars.

We’ve already heard from these guys a few months ago with the RSC Predator GT . This car comes with a Mazda 138 MSP-based four-rotor Wankel engine that produces a nauseating output of 1,184 horsepower. Despite it’s otherworldly power, the Predator GT is not the car that RSC is turning into its personal Veyron slayer.

Another model - a still unnamed model - is being developed to carry an eight-rotor rotary engine that produces an absolutely criminal 2,801 horsepower and 2,580 lb/ft of torque. Those numbers will supposedly allow the car to hit 0-62 mph in less than one second - absolutely insane - with a top speed that hits 280 mph.

No further details were revealed of this mystery supercar, but RSC has quietly made plans to introduce their maniac machine at the 2012 Top Marques Monaco.

Best be warned, Bugatti.

Source: RSC
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

We’ve learned a few things about Bugatti CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, in the past few weeks, one of which is his increasingly apparent obsession with the world’s top speed record.

After telling CAR Magazine the importance of Bugatti maintaining the top speed record by saying that it’s "a cornerstone of the modern Bugatti philosophy" , Durheimer laid notice to everyone that if anybody wanted to try breaking the Veyron ’s record, then they’re going to get a pretty serious fight from Bugatti.

In an interview with Motor Trend, Durheimer had this to say: “You know we have the speed record with Bugatti and there are always rumors around that someone, maybe Koeniggsegg could come, and do another record. No matter where the Veyron project is if someone comes… we would strike back."

Fighting words, indeed.

For now, the Veyron is nearing its run and other automakers, particularly Koenigsegg and SSC , have released their new supercars - the Agera R and the Tuatara - with the intention of toppling the Veyron Super Sport’s 267.85 mph record. But if you heard Durheimer’s words, then all these other brands best be warned. Bugatti’s not conceding the world’s top speed record to anybody without a serious fight.

Snow balls in hell be damned; we’ve got a fight on our hands!

Source: Motor Trend

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