The Veyron has been the epitome of ultra luxury , ultra performance for well over a decade now, and to celebrate that, Bugatti is taking a look back at the original — or in this case, the first concept EB 18/4 Veyron design study displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show back in 1999.
Bugatti is bringing the Veyron concept to display at this year’s Salon Rétromobile in Paris, the premier event for vintage and historical French vehicles. This marks the first time the EB 18/4 Veyron concept has been displayed since its debut in ’99.
One look at the concept, and it’s apparent how true the production Veyron stayed true to the original design. The first production Veyron was completed in 2005, and featured a monstrous 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged, W-16 engine with DOHC and four valves per cylinder. Its output was equally as monstrous at 1,001 horsepower and 922 pound-feet of torque. It’s Haldex all-wheel-drive system was a must in order to send power to the ground without melting the tires. Its top speed was in excess of 200 mph, with later versions hitting 250 mph.
Bugatti’s current crop of Veyrons include the 16.4 Grand Sport and 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The latter of which delivers a mind-blowing 1,200 horsepower and currently holds the title of word’s fastest series production roadster. Only 150 Vitesse Veyrons will be built, but according to the press release below, roughly 40 are still unspoken for. A fat checkbook is a requirement, however, as the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse costs well over $2.6 million.
Then again, if 1,200 horsepower isn’t enough, rest easy knowing that Volkswagen says the next Veyron will exceed that current output rating.
Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti EB 18/4 Veyron.
The Bugatti Veyron is a mid-engine grand touring car powered by an 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged, W-16 engine that produces 1,001 horsepower and 922 pound-feet of torque. An all-wheel-drive system is employed in order to effectively deliver that power to the ground. Zero to 60 mph happens in the mid-two-second range and top speed for the 1,200-horsepower Grand Vitesse model is a record-holding 256 mph.
Pricing for the Veyron starts at roughly $2.6 million with around 40 factory-fresh examples still unsold.
Gallery Bugatti EB 18/4 Veyron
Bugatti is celebrating the Veyron. This year’s Salon Rétromobile in Paris sees the French super sports car brand present the EB 18/4 “Veyron” design study. This is the first time that the study has been displayed at a trade fair since its unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1999.
The unveiling of the Bugatti EB 18/4 “Veyron” design study not only created a stir in Tokyo, but also signalled the start of a true success story; that of the fastest, most exclusive series production super sportscar in the world, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. The inspiration for the study was Bugatti’s outstanding history of success in motorsport racing, a fact which is reflected not only in the design and form of the vehicle’s interior, but also in the car’s name. Pierre Veyron was a works driver for Bugatti and, during the 1930s, amassed numerous racing victories for the brand, celebrating his greatest triumph with Bugatti at the 24 Heures du Mans in 1939.
The successful market launch of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 in 2005 marked the beginning of a new era for the marque. Fast on the heels of this 1,001 PS rocket, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport was released five years later and, with a top speed of 431.072 km/h, still holds the world speed record today. Production of both coupés was limited to a mere 300 units, with the vehicles crafted at Bugatti’s historical headquarters in the Alsatian town of Molsheim. These have been sold out since 2011. The stand in Paris is to include another highlight, in the form of a display wall exhibiting the original configurations of these 300 vehicles.
The brand’s current portfolio includes the open-top Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport1, which boasts an astonishing 1,001 PS, and the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse2, which delivers 1,200 PS and holds the title of world’s fastest series production roadster. These roadsters are limited to a series run of 150 vehicles. Two thirds of these have already been sold, meaning that only around 40 vehicles are still available.
The Rétromobile takes place from 5 to 9 February 2014 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition site. Bugatti can be found in Hall 1, at stand P43.