Owning and most importantly maintaining a Bugatti is pretty dang expensive, but that’s not a surprise

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.

How Much Does it Cost to Maintain a Bugatti?

Of course, the Bugatti Veyron wasn’t built for the 99 percent. The $2-3 million price tag painfully reflects that. But let’s assume that by some neatly designed and executed trick, you get your hands on one. Good for you. You are now the proud owner of a Veyron and life’s beautiful. Well, not really, because the Veyron pretty much redefines the term high-maintenance.

According to Mr. Khoshbin, who by the way, owns two Veyrons and one Chiron, Bugatti recommends all the hypercar’s fluids to be changed once a year and that will set you back $25,000.

That’s an enormous amount of money, right? One of the reasons for that is the fact that the Veyron comes with 16 different drainage plugs, while most cars have just one.

How Much Does It Really Cost to Own a Bugatti?
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What’s more, the Bugatti technician or technicians tasked with the operation must remove the rear wheels and brakes, the lining on the fenders, AND the underbody lining and shields that protect the Veyron’s belly. Definitely not something you can do at your friend’s street-corner garage but at the same time quite vital for a car that’s expected to reach speeds of 250 miles per hour.

And let’s not forget about the tires. They’re obviously crucial for a car’s performance, something that applies the more to Bugatti Veyron.

Bugatti says you should replace your Veyron’s tires once every few years, so that will set you back $38,000.

Next up: the rims. You must change those every 10,000 miles, so you’re looking at another $50,000 gone from your bank account.

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Once you add up those sums, you end up with (or better said, without) an unbelievable amount of money: $113,000.

To put things into perspective, for that kind of money you can buy a brand new BMW M5 or a Mercedes-AMG E63 S or two Toyota Supras and still have some spare change to spend on something else.

2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport Specifications
Engine Type 8.0-liter W-12 quad-turbocharged
Horsepower 1,200 horsepower at 6,400 rpm
Torque 1,106 pound-feet at 3,000 rpm
Transmission Type 7-speed DSG automated manual
Drive Style All-wheel drive
0 to 60 mph 2.5 seconds
0 to 100 mph 4.9 seconds
Top Speed 257.8 mph (electronically limited)
Fuel Consumption city/highway/combined 6.32 mpg / 15.8 mpg / 10.18 mpg
CO2 Emissions 539 grams per km

Final Thoughts

How Much Does It Really Cost to Own a Bugatti?
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Come to think of it, the fact that Bugatti still wants your money even after you’ve bought a Veyron is due to the hypercar’s intricate build. I mean, your average Toyota Corolla can’t take you to 250 miles per hour and it certainly can’t help with your social status. But other than needing ultra-specialized attention for the Veyron - something you can only get from Bugatti’s technicians - there’s the issue of safety.

So let’s think of this: would you feel at ease driving your Bugatti pedal-to-the-metal knowing that the tires weren’t properly maintained? Or that the wheels haven’t been changed for more than 10,000 miles and might not be at their fittest to withstand the massive forces generated by an accelerating Veyron? Those are questions that once asked, should clear up the dilemma pretty quick.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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