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Bugatti Opens Showrooms In Manhattan And Miami

Bugatti Opens Showrooms In Manhattan And Miami

Although it has yet to launch the Chiron and the Veyron is sold out since early 2015, Bugatti has extended its presence in the United States by opening two new showrooms. Bugatti’s new dealers in North America are Manhattan Motorcars in New York and Braman Motors in Miami.

“North America is a very important market for Bugatti. About a quarter of our Veyron series, which is sold out, is located in North America and customers here are showing phenomenal interest in the next Bugatti super sports car," said Dr. Stefan Brungs, a member of the Board of Management of Bugatti Automobiles at the inauguration of the new showroom in Manhattan.

The new showrooms were used to introduce a new brand design developed specifically for Bugatti dealers. The dealerships are dominated by blue, the company’s official brand color, and complemented by distinctive lines and clear surfaces "reminiscent of Bugatti super sports cars." The concept includes a heritage section running films and animations highlighting Bugatti’s history, a comfortable lounge area with furniture from Bugatti Brand Lifestyle (including carbon-fiber armchairs), and adaptable background lighting with the company’s red oval logo. The new dealership concept will expand to other showrooms as well.

With these two new showrooms, Bugatti now has 27 dealers in 13 countries. Further dealerships are due to open in Munich, Monaco, and Tokyo over the next few months.

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Bugatti Launches Dynamic Driving Experience in North America

Bugatti Launches Dynamic Driving Experience in North America

Customers of the Bugatti Veyron in North America are in for a treat, as if having the capabilities to buy one of the most expensive cars in the world isn’t good enough.

If you happen to be a prospective customer of Bugatti and you’re in line to buy one of its multi-million-dollar supercars, the French automaker will give you a chance to take one of its own out for a spin. And by "one of its own", we mean the world’s fastest convertible, the mighty Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.

The recently-launched Bugatti Dynamic Drive Experience allows you to see whether you made the right decision in signing up for a Veyron and while we can’t imagine a reason for somebody to renege on their interest after driving the car, the Dynamic Drive Experience is the perfect way for prospective owners to find out if they could handle the heat of owning one of the world’s fastest, most powerful, and most expensive supercars.

The first Dynamic Drive Experience was recently held in Las Vegas with Bugatti indicating that more stops in cities across the U.S. and Canada are being planned.

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2012 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport by Bernar Venet

2012 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport by Bernar Venet

One-off Bugatti Veyrons are nothing new in today’s world. Despite their relative commonplace, they are still among the most talked about one-off models in the world.

At the upcoming Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 event, the French automaker unveiled its latest one-off Veyron that was personally designed by renowned French artist Bernar Venet. Bugatti actually commissioned Venet to create the design of the one-off Veyron Grand Sport based on his artistic interpretation.

We’re big fans of Venet, particularly his Arcs sculptures. The man is considered one of the finest at his craft and works, and has received many honors, including the title of Chevalier de La Legion d’Honneur. So when Bugatti commissioned Venet to design a one-off Veyron Grand Sport, we anxiously waited to see what he’d come up with.

The result is, well, wow.

Not surprisingly, Venet put some touches of numbers, scientific formulas and mathematical equations on the car’s exterior and interior, an allusion to his acclaimed mathematical paintings, which are currently on exhibit at the Art Plural Gallery in Singapore. Equally interesting is the fact that these equations and formulas are the same ones used by Bugatti engineers when they were developing the Veyron. Another signature Venet influence on the Veyron is the rusted-metal finish applied to the supercar, which when you really look at it, makes for a pretty sexy two-tone color.

The Venet-designed Veyron Grand Sport will be on exhibit at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 from December 6 to 9, 2012.

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Bugatti Beverly Hills bringing one-off Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse to Pebble Beach

Bugatti Beverly Hills bringing one-off Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse to Pebble Beach

Rumors of McLaren’s 1,000-horsepower F1 successor making an appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has been out on the wire for the past couple of days. But while nothing on this matter has been substantiated, we do know that one other exotic car will be in attendance: the Bugatti Veyron Vitesse Grand Sport.

More than just that, this particular Veyron Vitesse Grand Sport is being groomed by Bugatti Beverly Hills to be the kind of one-off exotic that will blow just about any other supercar that parks near its presence completely out of the water.

We don’t expect a wholesale of aesthetic changes, but Bugatti Beverly Hills has been keeping everyone updated through their Facebook page regarding the progress the one-off Veyron is having before it makes its Pebble Beach debut this coming August.

Check out the photo of the one-off, Veyron Vitesse Grand Sport that’s still under development. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to more than just one supercar at Pebble Beach now.

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Video: Bugatti Veyron vs Nissan GT-R

Video: Bugatti Veyron vs Nissan GT-R

A drag race between a 1001 HP supercar and a 473 HP sports car sounds like a battle between David and Goliath, but if those cars are the Bugatti Veyron and the Nissan GT-R then the difference doesn’t seem that big, right? Well, some folks headed over to the Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida to test this theory.

When watching the video, you may get the impression that the Bugatti Veyron finishes the race before the Nissan GT-R even gets off the starting line, but the end results are still rather impressive. The W16 powered Veyron manages an incredible 10.1 second run at 139 mph, while the twin turbo V6 powered GT-R posts a 10.9 second run at 125 mph.

Enjoy the video! It seemed like the perfect way to end the year.

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Veyron Owner thinks he's proven Bugattis aren't expensive to maintain

Veyron Owner thinks he’s proven Bugattis aren’t expensive to maintain

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.

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Bijan's Bugatti Veyron gets vandalized in Beverly Hills

Bijan’s Bugatti Veyron gets vandalized in Beverly Hills

Before his premature death four months ago, world famous fashion designer Bijan Pakzad was famous in a number of circles, including both the fashion and auto industry.

Speaking of the latter, the Iranian Pakzad boasted an impressive stable of exotic supercars that have captured the world’s attention for their striking black-and-yellow paint schemes.

Turns out, one of them - his now famous Bugatti Veyron - has been vandalized by some unruly idiot a few days ago. After his death, the Bijan Veyron remained parked in front of his store in Beverly Hills as a way for fans and consumers to admire the car. Unfortunately, one person took his admiration too far, shattering the glass window on the passenger side of the car. Even more amazing, the ridiculous act of vandalism happened in broad daylight, at least according to a source who to spoke to TMZ about it.

Further details behind the incident are being withheld by the police, but if you’re in the area, there’s a good chance to you might see the Bijan Veyron in the same spot it has occupied for a few months now, albeit with a lot of yellow tape wrapped around its perimeter.

Lord knows that prompted the perpetrator to damage such a car that’s owned by somebody who’s already dead, but whatever his intentions are, it’s something that shouldn’t go unpunished.

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First Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport delivered to USA

First Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport delivered to USA

The first Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sports has landed on our side of the pond with its first delivery to the States, specifically Symbolic Motors, San Diego. Not only has a U.S. citizen purchased the Bugatti, but they were also lucky enough to grab hold of the special World record edition. This special edition is only limited to the first five units of the SS and is priced at $2.7 million. We don’t know who the lucky owner is, but we’d sure want to be his friend!

The Veryon Super Sport is powered by a 16-cylinder engine that deliver a total of 1200 HP. The World Record Edition will be able to hit a top speed of 268 mph, while the other 35 units will be limited to "only" 258 mph. Of course, with the price of gas going up every time someone sneezes, we highly doubt this Bugatti will be pushed to the limit very often. Then again, if the owner just spent $2.7 million on it, they probably aren’t worried too much about gas prices.

Hit the jump for a walkaround video of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sports World Record Edition.

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Bugatti opens up internship program for US college students

Bugatti opens up internship program for US college students

If you wanted any more reason to enjoy college apart from the non-stop partying and binge hook-ups, the most unlikely of automakers is giving you one more reason to, shall we say, stay in school.

Bugatti, the very same ones that make the $2 million Veyron, is offering an internship program at their office in Herndon, Virginia to any interested college student. The part time internship will cover 20 hours per week where interns are tasked to perform a variety of jobs including “coordination of press activities in cooperation with Bugatti’s public relations firm, scheduling of press cars for events, communication of planned activities to secure involvement of Bugatti dealers as necessary, and coordination of press activities with Bugatti S.A.S. priorities.”

Oh, and there’s also that part about vehicle transportation, which means that if the stars are aligned and the intern is lucky, he or she might get a chance to drive a Veyron.

If you’re interested – and why wouldn’t you be – you can apply for the job at the link we’re giving. Just be sure you’re in the up and up when it comes to being drug free because Bugatti is going to conduct drug testing. If you are, go ahead and apply!

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US EPA names the Bugatti Veyron as the worst gas guzzling car

US EPA names the Bugatti Veyron as the worst gas guzzling car

Should we really be surprised that the Bugatti Veyron has been given the distinction of being the worst mileage offender in the US market? No? Yeah, we didn’t think so either.

The superduper car, the current record-holder of fastest car on the planet, came out of the Environment Protection Agency’s study with a mileage rating of just eight mpg – 29.4 liters/100 km – in city driving and 15 mpg – 15.5 liters/100 km - on the highway. Ouch.

On the opposite end of the spectrum and grinning mightily is Toyota’s venerable hybrid car, the Prius, which scored a mileage rating of 51 mpg – 4.6 liters/100 km – and 48 mpg – 4.9 km/100 km - thereby staking claim to EPA’s mythical crown of being the most fuel-efficient vehicle on US soil.

EPA’s study only confirmed what a lot of us already know by now. The Bugatti Veyron is one of the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive cars in the world, so you can pretty much expect that it doesn’t care so much when it comes to guzzling down fuel. After all, the people who have these cars are also those that can afford to buy their own gas stations. On the flip side, you’ll never mistake the Toyota Prius – and other Toyotas and Hondas, for that matter – as a car that can outrun law enforcement officers in the highway. The car’s calling card is efficiency, a word that doesn’t exist in Bugatti’s dictionary.

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Auction winner reneges on $700,000 bid for a 2008 Bugatti Veyron

Auction winner reneges on $700,000 bid for a 2008 Bugatti Veyron

The mind of a bargain shopper knows a good deal when he sees one, and if he had the resources to make a purchase, he would scoop up the said item without even thinking twice.

Well, by any standard, $700,000 is a lot of money, but if it means driving home with a slightly used Bugatti Veyron, it’s still worth the money you’ll spend for it.

Now, go to the Barrett-Jackson auction over the weekend and you’ll find out that that’s exactly what happened – except that there was a big twist at the end.

One of the car’s that was being auctioned off at the event was a 2008 Bugatti Veyron with ‘only’ 11,800 miles on it. Surprisingly, the car was struggling to attract the high-end bidders from touching it with a 10-foot pole and a car that normally scoops up $1 million easy, was won by a man who made a bid of around $700,000. Lucky fellow? Not quite.

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Bugatti Veyron being sold on eBay for less than $1 million

Bugatti Veyron being sold on eBay for less than $1 million

A Bugatti Veyron has popped up on eBay where the owner is selling it for under a million dollars with the ‘Buy It Now Price’ listed at $997,000.
Less than a million for a Veyron? Sounds like a bargain, right?

The problem is, even if it’s a ‘bargain’, it’s still $1 million, which, last time we checked, is still a pretty steep price to pay. The Veyron that’s being sold is listed with a reading of 11,127 miles, which is pretty high considering that it’s a Veyron. Plus, maintenance of the car doesn’t exactly amount to grocery money either. So whoever is thinking of buying it would – at the very least – have to shell out thousands more for just the customary tune-ups.

And finally, lest we forget, if you happen to have a Corvette ZR1 – or any other sports car for that matter – maybe you can wait for someone to offer their Veyron for your ride in a straight-up trade just like what this crazy brother did a few weeks ago.

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Video: Jay Leno drives a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport in response to Conan O'Brien's Bugatti Veyron Mouse

Video: Jay Leno drives a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport in response to Conan O’Brien’s Bugatti Veyron Mouse

Last week, Conan O’Brien’s Bugatti Veyron Mouse became the talk of the town after it made an appearance at one the last episodes of the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. We’re thinking that the whole segment was O’Brien’s own way of taking a little dig on Jay Leno, who’s famously known for being a car enthusiast.

Well, consider this video as Jay Leno’s response to Conan’s little skit.

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Leno featured his very own Veyron, a 16.4 Grand Sport. The big difference is that while O’Brien loaned the one that appeared on the show from the Petersen Automobile Musem, Leno’s Veyron looks like it’s actually his.

We figured that this so-called Late Night Wars reached its end after Conan and NBC agreed on a buy-out settlement and the comedian was brought of his contract with NBC, but now it seems that it’s only heating up and don’t be surprised if Leno turns the table on Conan with a few skits of his own directed at the latter in the coming weeks.

Until then, consider this video of Jay Leno driving around in a Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport as the opening salvo.

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Lagoon-diving Bugatti owner buys replacement Veyron worth $1.5 million

Lagoon-diving Bugatti owner buys replacement Veyron worth $1.5 million

We figured that it would take a really, really long time before you forget about Andy House of Luftkin, Texas. You’ll remember him from his now infamous ‘Veyron Dive’ a few months ago when he inexplicably drove his Bugatti Veyron straight into a lagoon in Galveston, Texas. Remember him, right?

Well, according to Jalopnik, the same dude who claimed that a pelican caused him to plunge into a lagoon has now bought a blue and black replacement Veyron for the one he went swimming with.

We figured that since he can afford to buy another $1.5 million Veyron after completely washing out his first one, then he can probably buy a Bluetooth headset or two. You know, just in case, another pelican shows up.

Photo courtesy of Jalopnik

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One-off Bugatti Grand Sport BLanc Noir Edition spotted in California

One-off Bugatti Grand Sport BLanc Noir Edition spotted in California

The Bugatti Veyron is widely hailed as one of the most expensive and exclusive cars in the world and mere sightings of the car are enough to generate a few snapshots from every wide-eyed pedestrian that comes across one. This particular Veyron, which was spotted somewhere in California, is one such example. From afar, it looks like one of those typical Bugatti supercars – although ‘typical’ just might be an understatement in describing a Veyron.

Upon closer inspection, though, this Veyron is in fact the latest in a long line of limited edition – and by limited, we mean a one-off - models Bugatti is releasing before the Veyron ultimately rides off into the sunset in 2012. Dressed in a matte white body with a glossy black hood, this Veyron carries the name ‘Grand Sport Blanc Noir’, which, as the name suggests, was derived from the targa-roofed Veyron Grand Sport and, apparently, was built for an esteemed designer of the high-end clothing fraternity.

There’s no word as to how many more special-edition Veyrons Bugatti has in its plans but rest assured, you can expect that the French supercar makers probably have a few more up their sleeves.

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Video: Bugatti Veyron’s lagoon plunge caught on video

The earlier report we had of the man who drove his Bugatti Veyron into a lagoon has been made a little clearer after a video was taken of the accident by a civilian who happened to be in the area when the ‘accidental dive’ took place.

Also, according to the Galveston Daily News, the identity of the man behind the wheel of the Veyron was one Andy Lee House, a man who, ironically, owns Performance Auto Sales, a shop that specializes in restoring exotic cars.

We can’t argue against the irony in this story, other than the fact that, contrary to previous reports, there were no pelicans in sight during the whole ordeal.

Suffice to say, it was just a case of a driver going too fast for his – and his cars – own good. Fortunately, he won’t have too much trouble looking for a place that can piece his Veyron back in tip-top shape.

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The aftermath: Photos of the lagoon-diving Bugatti Veyron

The aftermath: Photos of the lagoon-diving Bugatti Veyron

No other exotic car crash has gathered mainstream attention quite like the Bugatti Veyron’s splash into a lagoon in Texas, and rightfully so, considering that, a)it’s a Veyron, and b) the accident was too unbelievable to ignore.

Let’s backtrack for a second and review what went down. Last week, a man named Alan House was driving along Galveston, Texas in his Veyron when he inexplicably went off of the road and plunged straight into a nearby lagoon. The whole incident was captured by video and has become quite an Internet sensation in its own right.

And now, photos of the recently-plucked-from-the-water Veyron has shown up and judging from the look of things, Mr. House is in for a real wallet beating to get his Veyron to run again.

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Say it ain’t so: Bugatti Veyron ends up in the middle of a lagoon

If you suddenly faint, vomit, or have heart palpitations after seeing this video, then we won’t blame you.

That’s a lake right there in the photo and a car that happens to be submerged right smack in the middle. Care to venture a guess as to what car that is?

If you don’t know, then allow us to be the bearer of bad news. That’s a Bugatti Veyron - all $1.6 million dollars of it.

You’re probably wondering how the hell it ended up in the middle of the lake so lt us recount the story for you. The driver of the Veyron was cruising along Galveston, Texas and was talking on his phone when a pelican – of all things! – flew low enough to distract the driver, sending him swerving into the side of the road before his tire hit a mud patch and all the way into the middle of the lagoon.

From what we’ve gathered, the said Veyron is one of only 15 in the entire United States so you can imagine the dismay all of us are feeling right now. If it wasn’t enough that a 1000 horsepower supercar takes a dive into a lagoon, it just had to be a pelican that caused the whole thing.
The driver, of course, doesn’t escape blame too. How in God’s green earth can you be so reckless with a car that’s worth more than our entire bank accounts!

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