The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-engined grand touring car. The Super Sport version is the former fastest road-legal production car in the world, with a top speed of 267mph. The original version has a top speed of 253.

Designed and developed by Volkswagen Group (based on the Bentley Hunaudieres concept) and produced by Bugatti Automobiles SAS at their headquarters in Château Saint Jean in Molsheim (Alsace, France), the Veyron's chief designer was Hartmut Warkuss, and the exterior was designed by Jozef Kabaň of Volkswagen, with much of the engineering work being conducted under the guidance of former Peterbilt Trucks engineer and now Bugatti Engineering chief Wolfgang Schreiber. Though commissioned by Volkswagen, this car is only sold through the Bugatti manufacturers and cannot be found at any Volkswagen dealer.

A number of special variants have been produced, including two targa tops. In December 2010, Bugatti began offering prospective buyers the ability to customize exterior and interiors colours by using the Veyron 16.4 Configurator application on the marque's official website.

Appearances

  • In Series 7, Episode 5, Jeremy raced in the Veyron from Italy to the Natwest Tower in London against Richard and James in a Cesna 182. Jeremy was blown away by the speed and power of the Veyron but also by it's relaxing nature, refinement and comfort. Despite winning the race, Jeremy stated that the Veyron was like Concorde and there would never be another car this good. Simply stating "the greatest car ever made and the greatest car we will ever see in our lifetime."
  • In Series 7, Episode 6, the Veyron was announced as Top Gear's Car of the Year 2005.
  • In Series 9, Episode 2, James headed to Aerolessin VW test track where he took the Veyron to its top-speed of 253mph. He was amazed by it's stability and lack of fear when driving, which Jeremy agreed with.
  • In Series 10, Episode 3, Richard raced the Veyron against the Eurofighter Typhoon, where despite the Bugatti's best efforts, the Typhoon ended up winning.
  • In Clarkson: Supercar Showdown, Jeremy stated that the Veyron was the ultimate supercar, due to it' being much easier to drive, much more beautiful, much better built and way faster than any other Supercar ever made, simply stating it was "the greatest supercar ever conceived."
  • In Series 12, Episode 4, the Veyron finally made its appearance at the Top Gear Test Track during James' review of the Pagani Zonda F Roadster. The Veyron obliterated the Zonda in a straight line but ultimately disappointed only setting a time of 1:18.3 around the track.
  • In Series 13, Episode 2, Richard drove the Veyron against the Stig in the McLaren F1 in a drag race in Abu Dhabi. Despite being heavier and losing the start, the Veyron destroyed the F1, with Jeremy concludng that the Veyron "which we know to be the fastest car ever, is faster than another kind of car". Richard later stated that he did not use the Veyron's launch control in order to make the race more interesting.
  • In Series 14, Episode 7, the Veyron was announced as Top Gear's Car of the Decade.
  • In Series 15, Episode 5, James returned to Aerolessin VW test track with the Veyron Supersport, maxing the car out to 258mph. Bugatti's chief test driver, then set a Guinness Book Record of 267mph. In the Hands of the Stig, round the Top Gear Test Track, setting the fastesr lap at the time of 1:16.8.
  • In TGM (UK) 212, James announced the Veyron SuperSport as his Car of the Year 2010.
  • In Top Gear USA "150mph Challenge" Wood is rewarded by driving the Veyron Vitesse before Foust is rightly given the keys to max the Veyron at 201mph.
  • In Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip, Jeremy uses the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse to humiliate Richard driving the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster.
  • In Past v Future, Hammond pits the Veyron in a drag race against the Porsche 918 Spyder in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Despite having more power the Veyron loses to the 918.

Book

In 2011, Bugatti Veyron: A Quest for Perfection - The Story of the Greatest Car in the World was published, which took the stance that the car had now become so famous that it was effectively a bona fide 'celebrity'. The book follows its author Martin Roach as he attempts to track down and drive the car, along the way interviewing chief designers, test drivers, and the president of Bugatti.

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