Bugatti

You might be able to trace Bugatti’s history back to when it was originally founded in 1909, but until the Bugatti brand was acquired by Volkswagen in 1998, it had a very turbulent path that included the death of Jean Bugatti and a war-torn factory after World War 2. The company opened a new factor and continued on but continued to decline until Ettore Bugatti died in 1947. Just five years later, Bugatti ceased operation. This time was a vital period for the brand as it showed the world models like the Bugatti Type 13, Type 18, and Type 57SC. Bugatti was also rather successful at racing in this period as well.

The company almost bounced back in the mid-1950s when Roland Bugatti built the mid-engined Type 251 race car, but it wasn’t successful, and production was halted again. Over the next 20 years, Bugatti continued building airplane parts and was eventually sold to Hispano-Suiza, which was taken over by Snecma in 1968. That company acquired Messier and turned the Bugatti brand into Messier-Bugatti in the late 1970s. 10 years later, the Bugatti brand was acquired by another entity, and its name was changed to Bugatti Automobili S.p.A. This is the company that was responsible for the EB110 GT. However, by the time the EB110 was ready to hit the market, the world was in a recession, and the company was forced to cease operations yet again in 1995.

Finally, in 1998, the Volkswagen Group was able to acquire the Bugatti brand, at which point it was renamed Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. Since Volkswagen’s acquisition of the brand, it has been largely successful, but it all started with a number of concept vehicles – the EB118, EB218, and the 18/3 Chiron. It wasn’t until 2005 that the new Bugatti started producing regular-production vehicles, and that’s when we first laid eyes on the Veyron. 10 years later, the Chiron came into play, and the company is still developing models based on it, including the Divo and the La Voiture Noire. Under the leadership of VAG, it’s likely that Bugatti will remain successful throughout the foreseeable future.

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Bugatti Should Really Consider Building a Front-Engined Coupe

Bugatti Should Really Consider Building a Front-Engined Coupe

A Front-Engine Bugatti May Be What The Carmaker Needs to Spice Things Up a Bit

Rimac is now a major shareholder in Bugatti, with 55 percent being owned by Rimac Automobili and 45 percent owned by Porsche. With this, new opportunities are being presented for both companies. Rimac will benefit from Bugatti’s expertise in building hypercars, while future Bugatti products will make good use of Rimac’s high-performance electric drivetrains. We already know that a V-8 hybrid version based on the Chiron is being planned, but what if Bugatti, under Rimac, come up with a new model, and what if it’s front-engined?

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North Americans Just Can't Get Enough Bugatti It Seems

North Americans Just Can’t Get Enough Bugatti It Seems

North America is now Bugatti’s biggest market, knocking Europe down a peg and hinting at a new sales record in 2021

Historically, Bugatti’s biggest market has been Europe, which really isn’t surprising for a French automaker with a German parent company – Volkswagen AG. This year, however, things have changed, and – as it turns out – North Americans really, really like Bugatti these days. So much so, that North America is now the region leading sales for Bugatti.

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Bugatti Merges with Rimac to Become Bugatti - Rimac, Riding on the Back of Porsche

Bugatti Merges with Rimac to Become Bugatti - Rimac, Riding on the Back of Porsche

With this merger, Bugatti’s future and legacy are intact

We have been following this story (Bugatti-Rimac merger) for a while now at TopSpeed and the day has finally come. Porsche and Rimac , the Croatian EV performance automaker, have agreed to form a joint venture that will include Volkswagen’s high-performance marque; Bugatti .

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The Bugatti Chiron is Fast, But Is It F1 Race Car Fast?

The Bugatti Chiron is Fast, But Is It F1 Race Car Fast?

Red Bull F1 Race Car vs Bugatti Chiron - which one is actually faster?

CarWow is synonymous with holding some pretty spectacular drag races on its channel. But the race that they set up this weekend has to be one of the best ones ever. They just dropped a new video of a Formula 1 Red Bull racing car from 2011 take on one of today’s ultimate road cars, a Bugatti Chiron.

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Bugatti Goes Sensor Crazy To Ensure The Chiron Super Sport Can Easily Hit 273 MPH

Bugatti Goes Sensor Crazy To Ensure The Chiron Super Sport Can Easily Hit 273 MPH

Bugatti is using 100 different sensors to measure and record data as it makes the final adjustments to the Chiron Super Sport

We can all agree that the Bugatti Chiron and all of its derivatives are engineering feats. The Chiron has been around for a while and has pretty much set the benchmark for the luxury hypercar. However, the even more insane Chiron SuperSport is now in its final stages of development and engineers are working to perfect the recipe. The Chiron’s incredible hardware, be it the suspension, chassis, engine, or aerodynamics, all work together to achieve maximum efficiency. In order for them to perfectly work together, engineers are enhancing the software suite of the mighty Chiron.

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Volkswagen Debates Bugatti's Fate As the Pressure of Electrification Rises

Volkswagen Debates Bugatti’s Fate As the Pressure of Electrification Rises

Bugatti might become a Hyper EV carmaker under Rimac’s ownership, but a deal needs to be made first!

Recently, a new consortium offered close to $9.2 billion in order to buy Lamborghini off VAG. Theoffer was turned down and a new offer was made. That offer, too, was apparently turned down, but that doesn’t mean the German concern is not in the midst of deciding what to do with its assets. Bugatti has enjoyed a good run under VAG ownership and the French manufacturer continues to come up with limited editions based on the Chiron. With that being said, it appears not all is as good as it looks on the outside. Volkswagen Audi Group is currently debating on whether Bugatti should continue to be a part of the company’s portfolio or not and a certain Croatian manufacturer might take the opportunity.

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The Bugatti Bolide Made Its First Public Appearance in Milan And Sounds Epic

The Bugatti Bolide Made Its First Public Appearance in Milan And Sounds Epic

In case you ever needed to know what $12 million looks like

The Milano Monza Motor Show (MIMO) was held as an open-air event between June 10th to June 13th, 2021. It was organized in conjunction with the cities of Milan, Monza, and the region of Lombardy in Italy. The motor show played host to 50 new models from several exotic automakers.

Bugatti was amongst the automakers to make an appearance at MIMO with its latest selection of hypercars. The French Automaker showcased the whole Chiron family, including the Chiron Pur Sport, Chiron Super Sport, and the Bolide.

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Bugatti Debuts The Chiron Super Sport As The 14th Iteration Of The Chiron

Bugatti Debuts The Chiron Super Sport As The 14th Iteration Of The Chiron

The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport is a 1,578-horsepower beast with a top speed of 273 mph that costs $3.9-million!

On one hand, you have automakers that come up with anniversary or special editions of their models once in a while. On the other hand, you have Bugatti – a company that has been milking the Chiron with no end in sight. The latest iteration of the Chiron – the 14th model – is called the Chiron Super Sport. The company revealed it a day after teasing it. It is pretty much the same as the Super Sport 300 that was launched a couple of years back. Bugatti says this is more comfortable as a daily driver and has a higher top speed – 273 mph as opposed to 261 mph.

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Bugatti Just Teased Yet Another Spin-Off of the Chiron

Bugatti Just Teased Yet Another Spin-Off of the Chiron

How many Chiron-based cars will Bugatti make before enough is finally enough?

While I consider it a bad habit, Bugatti has quite the knack for taking a single car and milking the hell out of it to the point that you can’t help but think it’s time for something new. Take the Bugatti Chiron, for example. Launched in 2016, the Chiron has been the basis for no less than 14 different vehicles from the Chiron Sport all the way up to the La Voiture Noire and Bugatti Bolide. Just when you think you’ve finally had enough, here comes Bugatti teasing yet another Chiron-based model, leaving us to wonder just what else can the company make from a single design?

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Bugatti's Trip To The Nürburgring Made For an Awesome Photoshoot!

Bugatti’s Trip To The Nürburgring Made For an Awesome Photoshoot!

Bugatti went to the Nürburgring with its entire lineup for some advanced testing, and the images are downright amazing

Bugatti’s vehicle fleet is absolutely crazy and, honestly, outright expensive. Between the Bugatti Centodieci, the Divo, the Chiron Pur Sport, and the Chiron Super Sport 300+, you’d have to pony up some €20 million or about $24.5 million at current exchange rates if you wanted to own one of each. In return for that massive sum of money, you’d have a total of 6,135 horsepower and about 4,720 pound-feet of torque in your garage just waiting to be unleashed. For a brand like Bugatti, however, it’s important that each and every car is perfect, and that’s why it routinely puts each one through some of the most extreme testing you can imagine. Recently, the company took its entire fleet to the Nürburgring, and we’re lucky enough to have some pretty sweet images from the trip.

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Bugatti Launches The New Smartwatch Masterpieces

Bugatti Launches The New Smartwatch Masterpieces

The new Bugatti smartwatches aren’t only masterpieces, but they are based on the world’s finest supercars!
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The Bugatti Bolide is a Lightweight, Ludicrous, 1,800+ Horsepower Track Weapon

The Bugatti Bolide is a Lightweight, Ludicrous, 1,800+ Horsepower Track Weapon

The Bugatti Bolide is proof that the company can build lightweight supercars

We’ve been hearing all sorts of rumors about Bugatti recently, including that it’s working on a new supercar and that it could be sold to Rimac. News about the new hypercar was also unclear. Some claimed it will be all-electric, while others forwarded the idea that it will be just another Chiron-based thing. Well, the new supercar is here, and it’s neither of them. It’s called Bolide, and it’s actually a brand-new idea. It’s a track-only vehicle with a new carbon monocoque and a brand-new design, but how extreme is it? Let’s find out!

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Bugatti Chiron Sport "Les Légendes du Ciel" Meets Dassault Rafale Marine

Bugatti Chiron Sport "Les Légendes du Ciel" Meets Dassault Rafale Marine

Can the Bugatti Chiron "Les Légendes du Ciel" beat Dassault Rafale in a drag race?

There aren’t many things that are faster than a jet fighter aircraft, but that doesn’t stop hypercar manufacturers to occasionally pit their creations against one. In this case, we are talking about the Bugatti Chiron "Les Légendes du Ciel", of which only 20 have been made. The car was officially introduced in November 2020 and features many Aviation-inspired design cues. It’s also one of the fastest road-going production cars ever made. However, the question remains: will the Chiron’s sheer power be enough to withstand a Dassault Rafale jet fighter and its 7,227 horsepower and 7.5 tons of thrust?

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Check out our first sighting of the Bugatti Centodieci As It's Put Through Hardcore Testing

Check out our first sighting of the Bugatti Centodieci As It’s Put Through Hardcore Testing

The EB110-inspired Centodieci prototype was spotted testing at the Nurburgring recently and it seems to be at home already

Bugatti seems to have a special liking towards the Chiron. There are five spin-off versions of the supercar, with the latest one being the Centodieci. The Centodieci was introduced in 2019 as an EB110-homage model that will be limited to just 10 examples. There’s still some time before the car arrives, but one of the first prototypes was recently spotted testing at the Nurburgring. Looks sexy, doesn’t it?

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2020 Bugatti Centodieci

2020 Bugatti Centodieci

The Centodieci is the most powerful Bugatti ever built

The 2020 Bugatti Centodieci is a limited-edition version of the Chiron. Just like the 2019 La Voiture Noire, the 2020 Centodieci is a significant departure from the Chiron it is based on, sporting a notably different exterior. While the La Voiture Noire is a tribute to the Type 57 SC Atlantic from the 1930s, the Centodieci pays homage to the Bugatti EB110, a supercar built from 1991 to 1995. The 2020 Centodieci is limited to only 10 units.

The Centodieci is the fifth official variant of the Bugatti Chiron. It joins the Chiron Sport, the 110 Ans Bugatti model that celebrates the company 110th anniversary, the La Voiture Noire, and the track-prepped Divo. Since Centodieci means 110 in Italian, it also celebrates 110 years since Bugatti was established by Ettore Bugatti in Molsheim, France.

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1992 Bugatti EB 110 SS

1992 Bugatti EB 110 SS

Laying the foundation for the Bugatti Veyron, four turbos at a time

When Bugatti launched production of its world-beating, 1,000-horsepower, 8.0-liter, quad-turbo Veyron in 2005, the auto world went just a little bit of crazy. And rightfully so. That said, the Veyron owes a good deal of its success to this – the EB 110. Produced in limited numbers throughout the ‘90s, it was the only production model created during Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli’s short stint as Bugatti head honcho. Considered one of the very first street-worthy mid-engine supercars of the ‘90s, the EB 110 was a true technological tour de force in its own right, with a high-revving, quad-turbo, 60-valve, 3.5-liter V-12 engine mounted behind the cabin, an active rear wing, and lightweight carbon fiber body. Indeed, prior to the release of the legendary McLaren F1, the EB 110 was in contention for fastest production car on the planet.

Continue reading to learn more about the Bugatti EB 110 SS.

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The Bugatti La Voiture Noire Is Real, And It's Been Spotted On the Road

The Bugatti La Voiture Noire Is Real, And It’s Been Spotted On the Road

Hey, Bugatti, we’re still waiting for those interior shots

2019 was the year when Bugatti unveiled the La Voiture Noir (The Black Car) in Geneva. The La Voiture Noire is a one-off model built to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, it was sold before the public got a chance to see it, and pays respects to Ettore Bugatti’s stunning Type 57SC Atlantic, a car that disappeared from the carmaker’s workshops during the Second World War and was never found to this day.

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The First Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport to Land Stateside Is Downright Gorgeous

The First Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport to Land Stateside Is Downright Gorgeous

Bugatti will build only 60 Chiron Pur Sport models and the first one just dropped on U.S. soil

Bugatti introduced the Chiron Pur Sport, a handling-focused version of the Chiron, in March 2020, but it took the French company until January 2021 to deliver the first customer car. And that’s not surprising given that all Chirons are hand-built and that Bugatti’s factory is rather small. The world’s first Chiron Pur Sport was delivered in the United States and it’s downright gorgeous thanks to its two-tone exterior finish and brightly colored interior.

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What is the Least Expensive Bugatti?

Bugatti is the producer of extremely limited and powerful cars, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the brand’s cheapest model – the Bugatti Chiron – carries a seven-figure price tag of around $3,000,000. The Bugatti Divo, a more focused version of the Chiron sold out in one day and brought in $5.8 million each for the Bugatti brand. The most expensive model is the La Voiture Noire with it’s $19 million price tag – that’s about $12.5 million before taxes.

What is the Sportiest Bugatti?

All three of Bugatti’s models are as sporty as they come, but most consider the Divo to be the sportiest as it was designed with track focus in mind. Kind in mind, however, that Bugatti only built 40 examples of the Divo, all of which were sold out within 24 hours of its introduction.

What is the Most Popular Bugatti?

The most popular Bugatti today is the Chiron, which is also the entry-level Bugatti and the only one on sale today. The Divo was only produced in 40 examples and sold out immediately. The La Voiture Noire was a one-off. One could argue that the Divo was more popular because of how quickly it sold out but, at the same time, one could argue that the Veyron (no longer in production) is the most popular as it is considered by some to be the greatest supercar ever built.

What is the Most Expensive Bugatti?

With only one model currently on sale, the most expensive Bugatti is officially the Bugatti Chiron. However, the one-off Bugatti La Voiture Noire is the most expensive Bugatti in history with a price tag of $12.5 million before taxes and some $19 million after taxes. Needless to say, the person that commissioned the La Voiture Noire wasn’t worried about haggling on price.

What is the Fastest Bugatti?

All Bugatti cars a fast but the fastest model to date is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which could hit 62 mph (100 kph) in 2.4 seconds and had a top speed of 267.658 mph. This made it the fastest production car in the world for a period of time. The fastest car in Bugatti’s current lineup is the Chiron. It can hit 62 mph in 2.5 seconds and has a limited top speed of 261 mph. There are many that believe the Chiron can top the Veyron easily, but Bugatti isn’t eager to prove this and has forgone an official top speed run.

Bugatti Model Performance Specifications
Bugatti Veyron Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Bugatti Chiron Bugatti Divo Bugatti La Voire Noire
Engine 8.0-Liter W-16 8.0-Liter W-16 8.0-Liter W-16 8.0-Liter W-16 8.0-Liter W-16
Horsepower 987 Horsepower 1,184 Horsepower 1,479 Horsepower 1,479 Horsepower 1,479 Horsepower
Torque 922 LB-FT 1,106 LB-FT 1,180 LB-FT 1,180 LB-FT 1,180 LB-FT
0-60 mph 2.4 Seconds 2.4 Seconds 2.5 Seconds 2.5 Seconds 2.4 Seconds
Top Speed 253.81 MPH 267.856 MPH 261 MPH (limited) 236 MPH 260 MPH

To date, there are only two vehicles that have ever topped the Veyron, and those are the Hennessey Venom GT at 270 mph and the Koenigsegg Agera RS at 278 mph. The SSC Tuatara is said to be capable of going beyond 300 mph, but it has yet to be proven, and Hennessey claims that the Venom F5 can hit 301 mph, but that hasn’t been proven yet either.

Are Bugatti Cars Reliable?

There is no real study of how reliable Bugatti vehicles are, and that’s not surprising because everything Bugatti builds is considered a “limited” model. Even the base-model Bugatti – the Chiron – is limited to just 500 examples. The Divo is limited to just 40, and the La Voiture Noire was sold as a one-off that we’ll probably never see again until the current owner decides it’s time to sell for a profit. For what it’s worth, every Bugatti is hand-built (even the Chiron) and repairing anything to the engine requires delivery back to Bugatti as the car needs to be split in half to access most of the mechanicals. If you’re thinking about buying one, keep in mind that even basic maintenance is cheap, with an oil change setting you back some $21,000!