After a few cryptic teaser shots of wings, engine covers and some objects we weren’t quite sure about, Bugatti has unveiled its contribution to the Gran Turismo 6 Vision GT project. The Bugatti Vision GT is the virtual expression of how a real quasi-racing Bugatti could look. It also provides us with a preview of Bugatti’s next Veyron replacement, working-titled 2018 Bugatti Chiron.
As outrageous as it looks, the Bugatti Vision GT isn’t quite as extreme as some other cars in the Vision GT garage — the 2,590-horsepower 2015 SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo for instance — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Bugatti designers and engineers wanted keep things in the realm of what’s possible now. That said, Bugattis by their very nature are extreme cars. “We wanted to create a project as realistic as possible for our fans and put a real Bugatti in the virtual world of the PlayStation video game franchise,” explained head Bugatti designer Frank Heyl. “Every design characteristic is defined by its function. Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is the perfect symbiosis of engineering and aesthetics.”
If you’re not familiar with it, the Vision Gran Turismo project allows designers and engineers from real-world car companies to create cars for the virtual world without the limitations created by regulations, budgets, and in some cases, even reality. The results are then uploaded to Gran Turismo 6 on PlayStation 3, where they can be enjoyed by gamers everywhere. Several other car companies have already made contributions, and it’s always fascinating to see what they come up with. It also functions as a preview of what might be next for some of these companies.
In addition to its digital form, Bugatti will also reveal a full-size show car at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show, at which point it will simultaneously be added to Gran Turismo 6. But until then, let’s take a closer look at the Bugatti Vision GT.
Updated 08/22/2016: Created exclusively for the PlayStation videogame series Gran Turismo Sport, BUgarri Vision Gran Turismo made its American debut at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Check the picture gallery for a series of images taken during the event.
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Gran Turismo’s Vision GT program has been a runaway success. Even since it was introduced as part of Gran Turismo in 2013, new real-world car manufacturers are still clamoring to have their outrageous creations converted to polygons and added to the game, and the latest company to do so is Bugatti, who recently confirmed its involvement with the cryptic image you see above.
After staring at the object for a while, and ruling out the possibility that it’s a snow sled from the future or a garden shovel, I think I’ve determined that we’re looking at an engine cover. The narrower area to the right extends over the roof and includes what appears to be an aerial. It’s also where the LM P1-style tailfin starts and extends out over the rear deck. Two bodywork clips can be seen just under the elevated wing element. Then there’s an open section for rearward visibility and air intakes and extractors for the engine.
The Vision GT program has turned into a virtual arms race. Dodge SRT, for instance, introduced the 2015 SRT Tomahawk X, a 2,590-horsepower supercar with a top speed of 404 mph and insane active-aero body panels. But, Bugatti plans to bring something more realistic to the table.
“With the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo, we have not developed a fantasy product of the type which is normally seen in this category of the game,” says Bugatti design boss Achim Anscheidt. “We had the clear goal of developing a vehicle which could also be driven on a real race circuit if it left the virtual world. ‘Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo’ stands for authenticity.“
Whatever it is, we should find out more when its revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
Updated on 08-26-2015: Bugatti tweeted two new teaser images. Check out the gallery.
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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.
Tucked inside the wealthy enclave of Santa Barbara, California is one of the most awe-inspiring collections of pre-war French automobiles ever assembled anywhere on earth — even inside France.
Just a few hours south of Monterey and Pebble Beach, the Mullins Automotive Museum is almost as exclusive as the cars inside. And for good reason: dozens of the cars in the collection are priceless and completely unique.
The Mullins museum has dozens of Bugatti’s, including the all-time most-valuable car ever: the Type 57 Atlantique. This is too easy and common, so we will focus on some of the more obscure pieces in its priceless collection.
There are highlights are every turn, but we’ve assembled some of the most influential and visually breathtaking cars here in a list of Top Ten Coach-Built French Imports - between 1930 and 1950.
This list could also have been called the "unpronounceables" because their names are quite complicated to say out loud. Doing so is a real treat, however, especially in the case of the all-star Hispano-Suiza H6C Xenia. This gorgeous coupe has some of the most otherworldly styling ever seen then or since.
Winner of Best in Show at Goodwood 2009, this Hispano-Suiza features sliding side doors, a rounded fuselage design, and bespoke luggage that looks like a million bucks.
Click past the jump for all ten of these stunners: including a number of Bugatti’s, Avoins Voisin and the first hard-top cabrio: the 1938 Peugeot 402L Cabriolet Metallique Decouvrable.
Until recently, all we knew about Bugatti’s line-up for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show was the special edition Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, but a shot taken of Bugatti’s stand has revealed that the company will also be unveiling a new four-door sedan model.
At this point, we’re unsure whether this will be a production version or just a concept, but we’re leaning more towards a concept version of the Veyron replacement, what used to be called the Galibier. With stricter emissions regulations on the horizon and an uninspiring design, the Galibier had to undergo some extreme modifications to make the mark. With all of those changes, a new concept seems to be in order.
Bugatti’s future sports sedan is rumored to use a new platform borrowed from the Audi A8. It is also believed to be powered by either a V12 or a V10 engine - a decision made in order to reduce both consumption and CO2 emissions.
Set to go into production in 2014, the new Bugatti sedan will more than likely be limited to 300 units and have a price tag similar to the Veyron. Of course, this is all dependent on whether or not the sedan hidden under that sheet is the replacement for the Veyron, in any kind of form. We’ll find out if we are right when the covers get ripped off tomorrow at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show!
Bringing back the spirit of a classic car takes years and years of work. For example to create the Bugatti Type 57S Bella Figura Coupe, Delahaye USA needed a total of three years of hard work. But the result is very impressive. Their car, the Figura Coupe pays tribute to Jean Bugatti and his elegant Type 57S.
The car is not just a replica, it is in fact a stretched and widened coupe which comfortably fits two six-foot-six occupants while respecting the classic Bugatti look and feel. The car features a body with hinged and latched inner and outer door, double layer roof, while the door hinges are custom steel copies of Bugatti Atlantic, with door swing study and stops. The car is a "Full Carbon" construction made with four layers of 5.7 oz. 2 x 2 twill carbon fiber.
For the engine option, Delahaye has used an all aluminum 5 liter M70 BMW V-12, but the production version will feature a a new supercharged 556 HP 6.2 liter LSA Cadillac engine. The company will be also offering a much powerful version that will use a RennTech twin turbocharged Mercedes V-12 engine, but this version will cost about $120,000.
These days, everything needs to have more than one purpose. Our cell phones double as date books and mini-computers for access to our emails, our televisions sets now have the ability to become a fully-stocked video rental shop, and even our refrigerators can come with digital calendars and photo albums. With all of our technology expanding their range of use, it seemed only natural for industrial designer, Amadou Ndiaye, from Montreal, Canada to come up with a Bugatti concept that served its own dual purpose as well.
The Bugatti Altess Concept is more than just a car; it’s actually two cars in one. The first variation of the vehicle is a fully enclosed grand tourer that, with a few adjustments, can be transformed into a hardcore gentleman’s racer where the driver and passenger sit in the open air with only a small windscreen for protection. This transformation is achieved by removing the hood, roof, windows, and rear quarter panels and replacing them with a lightweight single-piece panel that allows to the sun to stream right in. A discreet spine bisects the car to keep it intact during the removal and addition of parts. The design for the concept was inspired by the 1930s Bugatti Atlantic, which was considered the most beautiful pre-war vehicle.
The process for transformation is kind of cool, as is having both a coupe and a roadster in one model, but as for seeing it in production form, that’s just not going to happen.
In the year 2025, we’re hoping that we’d have a world where a car like this Bugatti design study called the ‘Aerolithe Concept’ would be free to roam the streets as a production vehicle. Otherwise, this would have been a waste of a perfectly awesome concept design.
The work of Coventry graduate, Douglas Hogg, for his final course project, the Aerolithe Concept is a car that takes its inspiration from the original Bugatti Aerolithe prototype that was presented at the 1935 Paris Motor Show. The prototype of the original Aerolithe Concept actually was the inspiration to Bugatti’s Atlantic 57SC, which were built with just four models.
A good 75 years after the original concept made its debut in Paris, Douglas Hogg has designed a modern interpretation of the car, complete with styling cues found in the original Aerolithe while also taking into account a lot modern – and futuristic - design elements. According to Douglas Hogg, the design study is "a minimalist exercise in pure surfacing inspired by Ettore Bugatti’s principles of automotive design and the legacy of the original Aerolithe."
Among the notable features of the Aerolithe Concept include styling cues from the original concept car. Among them the pronounced shoulders, the split windshield and rear window, aeronautic doors that open “split open canopy” style, and Bugatti’s trademark grille.
All told, the Aerolithe Concept is a nice piece of work by Douglas Hogg that doesn’t bring with it questionable safety features like the one found on another final project, the Saab Sports Sedan Concept. The Aerolithe Concept is definitely something that would be feasible and something we’d want to see come to life in the not so distant future of 2025.
This past March at the Geneva Motor Show, the Swedish super car company Keonigsegg revealed the NLV Quant electric sedan. Well now it is the exotic Italian coachbuilder Bugatti’s turn, and Ettore’s original brand has done quite an impressive job on the all new Bugatti 16 C Galibier concept that was unveiled this past weekend in Molsheim. According to the automaker the upcoming super car will become "the most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four door automobile in the world."
The Galibier’s design is based on the Bugatti Type 35, a model that also inspired the 1001 HP Bugatti Veyron super car. The 16 C concept features the traditional Bugatti radiator complimented by big round LED lit headlamps and the clamshell running the length of the vehicle which became synonymous with the brand identity under Jean Bugatti in the Type 57.
Under the bonnet, the 16 C concept can stand up to the almighty Veyron, becasue Bugatti has placed a 8.0 Liter 16 cylinder engine boosted with a two stage supercharging system, that features an ethanol mode. The Galiber was designed with smooth lines that will allow it to slipstream past the competition should it ever go into production. The concept also features a four wheel drive, a purpose built performance suspension and very exotic ceramic brakes to ensure that the 16 C Galiber can handle the speeds the pair of blowers up front are going to generate.
The interior of the 16 C Galiber concept reflects the pure and simple design of the exterior, because after all there is something beautiful about being basic. The dash been reduced to include only the essential. Two centrally located dials keep even the rear passengers up to speed about the details of their experience. There is even an Aston Martin rivaling timepiece that has been integrated into the super car concept. Parmigiani, the Swiss maker of fine watches, created the removable Reverso Tourbillon clock for the Galibier, which may be worn on the wrist thanks to a cleverly designed leather strap.
Updated 03/10/2010: Bugatti has revealed a new image gallery of the 16C Galibier. Check the gallery to see them all.
Press release after the jump.
Even if the exotic French automaker Bugatti has yet to announce the fate of a successor for the Veyron super car, that hasn’t stopped outside sources from dreaming up their own next generation 250 MPH+ dream machine. Take these renderings from the Canadian John Mark Vicente, a graduate of the Communication Design program at Emily Carr University. His creation is called called Renaissance and these wild computer aided renderings take all of the current Bugatti’s design cues that have become synonymous with the 1001 HP Veyron like the overall double bubble shape and signature twin air scoops protruding through the roof in order to ingest clean air at insanely fast speeds.
John Mark takes the Veyron to the next level with a full iRobot treatment by adding a new aggressive nose with much more angular LED headlamps, snarling snout and a more pronounced diffuser that looks to have been made from carbon fiber. Speaking of the lightweight wavy black stuff, the Renaissance also shows off its carbon construction with the A-pillars that sweep back into the forward section of the roof as well as with its rear flanks. Out back the forward thinking Bugatti trades in the Veyron’s curves for a much more angular rear end that matches the nose, while the larger diameter rims dress the would be super car up from every angle.
In an effort to prevent other manufacturers – and a few ambitious clone-makers – to make any copycat versions of the Bugatti 16C Galibier concept, the Volkswagen Group has decided to file trademark patents of the concept car at the World Intellectual Property Organization.
We’ve all seen from our experiences in the past how a luxury car ends up being cloned by rather cheap copycats and, each and every time, the resulting product completely butchers the original template of the model.
And that’s not even considering that most of these ‘cheap alternatives’ can do this because of a lack of trademarks from the original designers. With the Bugatti 16C Galibier, however, Volkswagen is making sure to cover all of its bases. The car, while still a concept and has not yet been officially approved for the production line, is nonetheless expected to succeed the Veyron when it ceases production in 2012.
Powered by a 16-cylinder, 8.0-liter flex-fuel engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission that channels power through all four wheels, the 16C Galibier is expected to reach around 800 horsepower, a drop-off from the 1001 horsepower the Veyron is capable of. We’re glad that Volkswagen Groups finally decided to have its design trademarked. We’ve had enough of those abhorrently horrendous cheap clones popping up from all corners of the world to last us multiple lifetimes.
In the event that the Bugatti 16C Galibier concept goes into production – which a lot of people seem to believe – don’t expect it to come cheap.
And by cheap, we mean less than a million dollars.
As the successor to the omniscient Veyron, the 16C Galibier is shaping up to become a worthy ‘replacement’ to Bugatti’s record-breaking super car. Though not as powerful as its 1001 horsepowered predecessor, the 16C Galibier does adopt a few things from the Veyron, particularly it’s ginormous 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine.
Despite the same engine powering the two supercars, the Galibier is expected to come short of the Veyron’s record-setting speed, mainly because the former is a little bit bulkier than the latter and, at the same time, will only carry with it a relatively pedestrian ‘800 horsepower engine.
As a result, the Galibier is expected to reach speeds of ‘only’ 220 mph, compared to the 250+ the Veyron has been known to achieve.
Nevertheless, the Galibier is still expected to fetch quite a hefty price. According to Autocar, in the likelihood that Bugatti’s newest toy reaches production in 2013, expect it to be sold for around £900,000 – that’s a mind-numbing $1.3 million in the US.
Told you it wasn’t cheap.
As you may recall, Bugatti revealed a few teasers a few months ago, which led to a lot of people speculating that it may very well be the Bordeaux, Bugatti’s next-generation supercar that would ultimately follow the Veyron.
Well, now it’s looking like the Bordeaux may not be the only car Bugatti has in store for all of us. According to Bugatti’s head honcho, Dr. Franz-Josef Pfaegen, the British supercar makers have a total of three proposed concept cars, one of which is a concept car that that’s rumoured to be a four-door salon that the company plans to debut in September to gauge any form of interest from would-be customers.
Dr. Pfaegen was also quick to point out that any future models the company is planning to roll out would still cater to the same market as the Veyron, saying that the company was designed and developed for a total volume of not more than 150 units, ensuring it’s exclusivity in an ever-increasing market of supercars in the world. “The worst thing we could do is to downmarket,” Pfaeger told Autocar. “We need to keep it as the ultimate.”
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Earlier today we reported that Bugatti will unveil a new model by 2011 or 2012. Now we bring you a new design, yes we know this won’t be the future model from Bugatti, but it looks pretty impressive.
Designed by Greg Hall of Orlando, the car looks like the many that are in the market or are about to hit the road pretty soon. It has a very futuristic look to it and apart from the skeleton; there is nothing substantial in regards to what hides beneath the hood for now. The design seems compact, elegant and obviously well crafted using the available CG technique.
About a future 2+2 model from Bugatti there are already lots of rumors. And with all those rumors around it was normal for designers to gave their own point of view of how the car might look like. Today’s preview comes from 31-year-old freelance designer Reuben Zammit from Malta.
The 2+2 seater will be a strong competitor for model like Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.
The aim was to get the type 12-2 immediately recognizable, yet make a signature of it’s own for a specific marquee. A classic front engine rear wheel drive layout. The shape allows for a boot bigger than its rivals, yet keeping the lines flowing. The doors take a large part of the side and the roof for easier access.
The idea is to use a VW derived W12 engine with a twin turbo layout hence the name 12-2. Although not as extravagant as the W16 used in the Veyron, there would be enough power to propel the Type 12-2 to over 200 mph.
The announced price for the smallest Bugatti amazed everybody, taking into consideration that its older brother, the Veyron, costs around $1,3million. The German magazine AutoBild reported that Volskwagen has in plan a price of just 50,000 euros for the Baby Bugatti.
This small supercar will be a serious competitor for the Porsche Cayman/Boxter, BMW Z4 and Audi TT. With a weight of just 1100 kg and a 4-cylinder turbo engine capable of over 300 BHP, the Baby Bugatti is going to be much (...)