Bugatti’s W-16 Engine Is Pretty Awesome, But What Would a W-18 Be Like?
Drivetribe has released a new video that details what the Bugatti Veyron would have been like had it been based on a trio of Italdesign-designed concept cars that were introduced back in the late 1990s. The EB118, EB218, and Bugatti 18/3 Chiron were all different from one another in various ways, but one thing they had in common was the very odd, naturally aspirated, 6.3-liter W-18 engine. Yeah, you read the right, a W-18. Of course, we all know that the Veyron (and the Chiron, for that matter) was powered by a W-16, so what happened?
Watch Shmee Show Off a Custom Bugatti Chiron Key Fob That Might Cost More Than the House You Live In
In today’s tale of the excessive and outright ridiculous things you’ll see in the auto industry, we present to you the Awain Phantom Key for the Bugatti Chiron. Mind you, the Phantom key is not your typical car key. It’s not even a traditional car key. It’s a special key fob that’s synced to a Bugatti Chiron, and if that’s not cool enough, the Phantom Key is also obscenely expensive.
How expensive you ask? Believe it or not, but it costs around $550,000. That’s almost the expected price tag of the super exclusive and all-new Ferrari SF90 Stradale, which means that the Awain Phantom Key might very well be the most astonishing piece of automotive hardware you’ll see in a long time.
How Much Does It Really Cost to Own a Bugatti?
There’s no point in explaining to you how Bugatti operates in the rarefied air found in the car industry’s stratosphere. You know very well that such a business model entails sky-rocketing price tags attached to any of the French carmaker’s products, but that’s one side of the iceberg. However, buying a Bugatti is one thing, while owning one and properly maintaining it is a whole different equation. A costly one too, as you’re about to find out courtesy of Manny Khoshbin.
Did You Know That the Bugatti Centodieci Is Actually an Electric Supercar?
The Bugatti Centodieci is one of the craziest hypercars to debut in recent times, and the fact that Bugatti is using it as a nod back to the EB110 supercar makes it even more enticing. Only ten units are to be built, and even though the spec sheet looks absolutely otherworldly, those numbers count for nothing when the hypercar has to be packed and trailered back to Molsheim after a public appearance.
Watch How the $21,000, 27-Hour Oil Change is Done on a Bugatti Veyron
For most of us regular folks, a standard oil change typically costs anywhere from $30 to $100. It’s usually more expensive when we’re talking about premium cars, but that same train-of-thought is taken to the extreme level when we’re talking about a car like the Bugatti Veyron. The embodiment of excess, the Veyron is more than just a $1.5 million supercar that once held the title as the world’s fastest production car. Everything about it is expensive, right down to the oil change, which can ring you up a staggering $21,000.
Supercar Blondie and the Bugatti Chiron Sport 300+ - Too Much Hot In One Video
As the automotive world turns its attention to Germany for the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, one car that’s noticeably missing from the festivities also happens to be the same car that everyone’s talking about these days: the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+.
Say what you will about the controversy swirling around the Chiron Super Sport 300+, but it did break 300 miles per hour, becoming the first “production” car to ever break that speed threshold. We can all argue about the veracity of its “production car” label, but the Chiron Super Sport 300+ still achieved something extraordinary, and no one’s going to take that accomplishment away from it.
So as everyone marvels at all the new debuts in Frankfurt, YouTube personality Supercar Blondie got to spend some time with the controversial Bugatti hypercar, and for more than 20 minutes, we get to see the Chiron Super Sport 300+ in a different light, completely removed from the spectacle of its record-setting run. Controversy notwithstanding, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is an incredible piece of machinery.
Care to Take a Ride in a Bugatti EB 110?
Before the Bugatti Veyron rewrote our expectations of what supercars are supposed to be and before the Bugatti Chiron took those expectations to another level, there was the Bugatti EB110. The mid-engine sports car often gets lost in the shuffle of iconic Bugattis, in part because it’s the only model ever produced by Bugatti Automobili S.p.A., the Italian incarnation of the iconic brand that was headed by Italian businessman Romano Artioli. The lack of attention given to the EB110 makes the following video an even bigger treat. The fine folks over at Motor1 Italy paid a visit to the Bugatti Automobili’s old stomping grounds in Modena, Italy, where they got a chance to meet Loris Bicocchi, the man who spearheaded the development of the EB110. In an even bigger treat, Bicocchi brought a race-spec version of the EB110 for a little go-around the facility, and for a 20-year-old racer, the race-spec EB110 still packs a wallop. It’s best if you watch this video with the volume turned way up. Listening to that 3.5-liter quad-turbocharged V-12 engine explode in anger at peak revs is like listening to a caged monster dying to get out from behind bars. It’s incredible and scary at the same time.
Jay Leno Drives a Hand-Built Replica of the Missing 1934 Bugatti Aérolithe - Can it Live Up to His Expectations?
Bugatti built the Aérolithe in 1934 as a one-off concept whose aim was to show the way forward not only for the French automaker, but for the automobile in general. And it succeeded, as it inspired the Type 57 grand tourer, of which Bugatti built a total of 710 examples between 1936 and 1940 and these are now some of the most expensive and highly coveted interwar classics in existence. There was only one problem with this picture: the Aérolithe design study disappeared under mysterious circumstances just as the clouds of war were gathering over Europe.
Details Of the Full-Scale LEGO Bugatti Chiron Are Incredible
Just when you thought you knew everything about the life-sized, brick-version Bugatti Chiron that LEGO created last year, this detailed look at the incredible creation opens up details that we didn’t know about the replica. The credit belongs to the folks over at The Straight Pipes, who managed to get an in-depth look at the LEGO Chiron when it was on display at the 2019 Canadian International Auto Show. We know that this replica was created with over one million bricks. That’s old news. What we didn’t know is that most of the LEGO Chiron’s body is comprised of flexible sheets made of bricks that are shaped like triangles. That’s one of the many details you’ll learn from this 10-minute deep dive into what is arguably the sickest-looking full-scale model that LEGO has ever created.
Amazing Bugatti collection discovered in poverty-stricken family’s barn
Having one rare pre-war Bugatti in your barn should be reason enough for anybody not to have to endure a life of hardship since these cars can fetch millions at auction. It’s, therefore, a bit of a mystery why a man from Belgium who had three of them (yes, that’s right, three) kept them despite by all accounts living under the poverty line for many years.
If 3D-Printed Car Parts Scare You, Check Out What Bugatti Does to Test 3D-Printed Brake Calipers!
Additive manufacturing, known more popularly as 3D printing, is a novel manufacturing technique that’s captured the imagination of the car industry, promising a long list of benefits for both automakers and consumers. But of course, as is the case for any new technology, there are always questions over safety - but rest assured, Bugatti is rigorous when it comes to testing, as evidenced in this four-and-a-half minute video.
Maxing a Bugatti Veyron on Volkswagen’s special test track is one thing, but doing so on a public road is another. Thankfully it is perfectly legal to try it on unrestricted parts of the German autobahn, which is what this Veyron owner from the Czech Republic did.
Video: The Bugatti Divo Has Freaky Looking Taillights
The Bugatti Divo is drawing closer to its highly anticipated debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this coming August. Precious details have been revealed about the hypercar, but it is expected to be a more evocative version of the Chiron, one that will be coach-built and more driver-focused. In the absence of any meaningful information, Bugatti has released a teaser video of the Divo, specifically the raunchy taillights that are completely different from what the Chiron has. Could this be a sign of what we can expect from the Divo? It certainly appears like it.
Someone Finally Did It - A Rear-Wheel Drive Bugatti Veyron
People are doing all kinds of insane things on the Internet these days, all in the name of getting noticed. Modifying a Bugatti Veyron to be RWD could certainly fall under that category.
Taking responsibility is Houston Crosta, owner of Royalty Exotic Cars, a Las Vegas-based rental company that specializes in top-shelf machinery.
Why would he do it? Good question. Crosta explains it like this: “when it’s all-wheel drive, 4,000 pounds, the car does not feel fast. It’s going fast, don’t get me wrong. The car beats other cars in a race. But, get in the 720S McLaren, it feels like its gonna kill you.”
Uh, okay. Whatever you say, bruh.
And just like that, Crosta and crew pull the front diff and the front axles. The vid actually provides some interesting views underneath the Veyron while they rip out all the required gear to make it RWD only.
After putting it all back together, sans the stuff to make it AWD, Crosta takes the freshly RWD’d Veyron for a cruise to see how the onboard computer adjusts to the hacked-up drivetrain. All seems well, so you know what happens next - foot down, tires burn.
As a side note, the Veyron uses a special type of Michelin tires that cost $17,000 a set. To unseat them from the Bug’s wheels, you gotta send them back to France and spend $70,000. So yeah, that’s some rather expensive tire smoke.
Congrats dude, you just ruined a $1.5 million car for a YouTube video.
Video of the Day: The Koenigsegg One:1 Lays The Smack Down On The Bugatti Chiron in Forza 7
The Koenigsegg One:1 and the Bugatti Chiron are two of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world. It’s a shame that we haven’t seen these two hypercars share a drag strip together, but for those who are wondering which of these two exotics is faster than the other, wonder no more. YouTube user Ericship111 lined them up together on Forza 7 for an old-fashioned drag race, and the result may surprise you. The Swedish hypercar thoroughly dismantled its French rival, leaving it in its dust without even batting an eyelash.
Amalgam’s 1:8 Scale Model Replica Of The Bugatti Veyron Vitesse Is Its Sickest One Yet
$15,000 can buy a lot of things. You can split that money up and pay for a year’s worth of rent. You can indulge on something like the Tonino Lamborghini Alpha One smartphone and save the rest for a rainy day. You can even use all of it in one go and buy a Ford Fiesta. All those things are on the table, though you can also use your $15 grand on something far less useful, though still pretty awesome: a 1:8 scale model of the Bugatti Veyron Vitesse.
I’ve seen my fair share of immaculate supercar scale models, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never seen anything quite like Amalgam’s scale model of the Veyron Vitesse. The details of this scaled down Veyron Vitesse are incredible. All the little minutiae of the supercar’s design are accurately depicted to the extent that you’d be forgiven if you thought that it was an actual Veyron Vitesse that was shrunk down by some kind of shirking device that Amalgam has at its disposal. Jokes aside, the company did say that the scale model is completely hand-crafted using the original CAD data supplied by no less than Bugatti itself. The involvement of the French automaker is enough reason to understand why the accuracy of the details of the Veyron is absolutely stunning. Amalgam even said that it takes 310 hours to build one scale model, and that’s just one part of a development process that roughly takes 3,000 hours, the equivalent of 125 days! It’s no wonder that the whole thing costs $15,000, and even after talking about it, I still haven’t gone to the best part of the scale model.
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Apparently, The Bugatti Chiron Isn’t Invincible To The Elements: Video
Have you had lunch yet? If you have, then you might have the stomach to watch this. If you haven’t, well, the risk is on you. Nothing really prepares a car with low ground clearance for uneven roads. It only takes a burp from gravity for a car’s low-hanging body parts to make contact with the pavement. That scraping sound is enough to make even the most hardened of men lose their wits. Unfortunately for all of us, watching this video is a perfect example of the perils of low ground clearance, and worse enough, it happened to a Bugatti Chiron.
I’m going to presume that the driver behind the wheel of the Chiron is its owner, so it’ll be easier to stomach the fact that he can’t blame anybody else for his foible. But he did find himself in a very delicate position with little space to maneuver his Chiron in such an angle that one tire goes through the dip in the pavement before the other. Doing so would’ve saved his carbon fiber underbody from getting planted to the ground. But alas, he didn’t have the space he needed so he braved it, rolling the Bugatti supercar straight on. It turned out to be a bad move as the underbody makes contact with the road and we hear that agonizing sound of carbon fiber meeting cement. To make things worse, the whole episode happened in front of a group of people who were mingling around the Chiron. Hopefully, the scrape didn’t do too much damage to the Bugatti supercar, as the slightest damage can be met with five-figure repair costs, or worse if the whole panel gets shredded. Knowing how expensive these parts can be, I’d be sweating in my Bugatti, too.
Carfection Reviews The Bugatti Chiron, Makes Everyone Jealous: Video
Glamour, prestige, and incredible levels of excess in every single way – these are the things that make the Bugatti Chiron what it is. A rundown on the specs is staggering. Making it go is a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine producing 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque through all four wheels. The engine is so voracious, it’ll suck up 60,000 liters of air per minute. A run to 62 mph slots into the low 2-second range, while the ungoverned top speed is somewhere in the vicinity of 288 mph. To call this thing a monster would be a gross understatement – this is the superlative automobile, the last word in power, presence, and velocity. And Carfection got a chance to drive it in this 7-minute review. Lucky bastards.
I could spend pages and pages writing about this car’s incredible specs, and indeed, the above-featured video does devote a good amount of time to talking about the numbers. However, it’s the lovely string of detail shots, the rolling shots on the road, and the jaw-dropping sound the Chiron makes when 1,500 horses are released that really make this video special.
Looking to get lost for a few minutes in a $2.6 million fantasy? Go ahead and hit play. Don’t forget your headphones.
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Bugatti Announces First Deliveries Of Chiron To Remind Us We’re All Still Peasants
You there, common man! Cease your work at the engine lathe for one moment and direct your attention to northeastern France, as the esteemed artisans at Bugatti bid farewell to the first examples of the dream-come-true Chiron hypercar. One by one, as the initial three roll away from Bugatti’s atelier in Molsheim, each a pinnacle of luxury, rapidity, and engineering, they are giving a fond “adieu” before being whisked away to the loving arms of customers in Europe and the Middle East.
This trio of incomparable motor vehicles is but the first of 70 such Chirons slated for production this year. While the exquisite tastes of the individual customer shine through in personalized touches to the bodywork and cabin space, each Chiron comes outfitted with an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 engine capable of producing 1,479 horsepower. With ample application of the throttle, owners will enjoy breathtaking acceleration and speed, with a pace of 60 mph achieved in a mere 2-and-a-half-seconds, and a maximum velocity of 260 mph. How exhilarating!
While the rabble is rightfully restricted to second-hand enjoyment of the Chiron, they will be permitted to gaze upon it with wonder at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show.
And with that, your break is now complete. Return to your work post haste!
Cristiano Ronaldo Drives the Bugatti Chiron, Takes it Home
Much like its predecessor, the Veyron, the Bugatti Chiron is the kind of supercar that doesn’t need anyone’s approval. The fact that it’s super powerful, super fast, and very, very expensive turns it into an instant hit with car collectors. Yet Bugatti felt the need to get the seal of approval from Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
Okay, I’m not exactly serious. Bugatti obviously doesn’t need Ronaldo’s approval for the Chiron, but it can certainly benefit from the massive attention he gets on and outside the pitch. After all, he’s been named World Player of the Year several times, he’s the reigning European Champion with Portugal, and winner of many titles with Real Madrid. He’s one of the greatest superstars alive, and he’s also a big sports car fan. All solid reasons for Bugatti to want him in its latest hypercar.
The so-called test video is pretty much of the commercial variety, lasting a little over a minute and being packed with special effects. In the end, Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace asks Ronaldo to give the key to the car back, adding that he has to call Bugatti if he wants to keep it. You’ll have to find out the outcome for yourselves, but it’s safe to assume that Ronaldo already paid for his Chiron and maybe even taken delivery of the car.
Not bad for an ad for a super expensive vehicle rated at 1,479 horsepower and all the luxury you can get, but I’m not sure Ronaldo is the best man to approve it. He may own several supercars, but he also crashed at leas a couple of them. He’s not the best driver out there.
Father Of The Year Lets 13-Year-Old Son Go 202 MPH In His Bugatti Veyron: Video
When I was 13 years old, the closest thing I could ever get to driving a car was to take control of the wheel as my father pulled into our driveway. That was it. I didn’t get to actually drive a car legally until I got into college, and even then, I only did it sparingly. So imagine what it must be like to be 13-year-old Armik Aghakhani, who was allowed by his father to go all-out on his car. Oh, and that car just happened to be a Bugatti Veyron.
Before anybody starts thinking about how irresponsible Steven Aghakhani was for doing that, let’s put some context behind this story. Armik may only be a year into being a “teen,” but he’s already an accomplished driver, having started racing karts at the tender age of seven. As soon as he is legally allowed, the younger Aghakhani hopes to star racing in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, an ambitious goal even for a young whippersnapper. Fortunately, he’s got a good coach in 2013 Formula Drift champion Michael Essa teaching him the racing ropes.
So back to the Veyron drive. The ride occurred at the recently held Shift S3ctor Airstrip Attack event in Colorado. With the event falling on Father’s Day, Steven gave his young racing prodigy a chance to go all out on his Veyron, and like the racing student that he is, Armik gamely obliged as he shot his dad’s prized supercar to speeds north of 200 mph, eclipsing his previous best of 195 mph in the same car.
It’s a nice video to watch and it might even be inspiring for a lot of fathers and sons out there.