• Watch How the $21,000, 27-Hour Oil Change is Done on a Bugatti Veyron

Forget about how long it takes because the price of one oil change costs about the same as a brand new car

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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.

Everything about it is expensive, right down to the oil change, which can ring you up a staggering $21,000.

If you need some explaining on why a Bugatti Veyron oil change costs as much as a brand-new Honda Civic, then you’re not alone. The truth is, we live in a world where examples of excess and opulence exist. No more is that evident in the car industry than with a model like the Bugatti Veyron.

Royal Exotic Cars, a company known for renting out high-end performance cars, gave us a peek behind the curtain at what happens when you change the oil of a Bugatti Veyron, while also trying to understand why it costs that much to do it. Part of it is attached to the prestige of the brand. Sure, it’s a ridiculous thought, but it also makes sense. The far more sensible explanation, though, lies on the fact that the Veyron is arguably one of the most sophisticated cars in the world, all thanks to a network of parts and components that are beyond our realms of understanding.

Watch How the $21,000, 27-Hour Oil Change is Done on a Bugatti Veyron
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This whole process takes around 27 hours to complete.

Take the car’s dry-sump oiling system, for example. It comes with 16 different drain plugs, all of which can only be accessed by removing parts of the supercar’s underbody. It doesn’t end there, either. When it comes time to refill the car with oil and check air filters, mechanics will also have to remove the car’s rear fender liners and rear deck. That’s “have to,” folks. That wouldn’t be so time-consuming if not for the fact that there are way too many bolts on those panels to keep them in place. No wonder this whole process takes around 27 hours to complete.

So, there you have it. A Bugatti oil change isn’t just expensive; it’s also time-consuming. Then again, when you have enough money to actually buy a Bugatti Veyron, a $21,000 oil change should be a drop in the bucket for you. And waiting 27 hours for the whole process to complete shouldn’t be an issue, either, because you can just use any one of your other exotics while the Veyron’s in the garage getting its juices swapped.

2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport Specifications
Engine Type 8.0-liter W-16 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
Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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