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Bugatti Veyron: Buying guide and review (2005-2015)

Bugatti Veyron: Buying guide and review (2005-2015) Classic and Performance Car
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For every decade, there’s a car that redefines its segment, something that immediately moves to the front of the field and becomes the yardstick for all others to be compared to. There can be little doubt that during the 2000s, the Bugatti Veyron was this car. With development starting at the turn of the century, there were various delays due to the complexity of making such a powerful car reliable. It was not until 2005 that the production car was unveiled. 
 
Impressively, each Veyron cost Volkswagen a rumoured five times the massive £1,000,000 list price to produce. It was an engineering tour-de-force. Four turbos, 16-cylinders and an 8-litre engine capacity instantly made it the top trumps card to have. In strictly measurable terms the Veyron had no equal, and its record-beating performance was delivered in such useable fashion that there was simply nothing else to compare it to. 1000bhp, 253mph, 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. Still world-beating figures today, and that was with the original Veyron 16.4. 
 
It took the boundaries of what was thought possible and pushed them so far out that many claimed its like would never be seen again. With the recent influx of a new range of hybrid supercars, there may well be a day when the Veyron’s headline figures are eclipsed, but it will always remain the first to have achieved those sensational numbers.
 
Some criticised the Veyron for lacking drama and not being as emotionally stirring as some of its contemporaries, in truth this was never part of its design brief, its sole purpose was to be the most extreme example of what was technically possible at the time. Bugatti Veyron production ended in 2015, with the final Super Sport iteration still the most powerful and fastest production car available, it bowed out while still at the top of its game. 
 
Which one to buy?


Bugatti initially introduced just one variant in 2005, however with heavy demand and the need to offer ever more exclusive versions there are a number of limited editions and special order cars out there. The Super Sport, with an additional 184bhp, was introduced in 2010 and remained in production until 2015. 
 
The Targa top Grand Sport versions were introduced in 2009, initially with the 16.4’s 1000bhp running gear, and then with the uprated SS mechanicals in the Grand Sport Vitesse after 2011. Perfect for summer climates, these models have proven to retain their values well too. 

There was nothing limited about the number of limited editions that Bugatti released over the 10 year production run. These included the Pur Sang, FBG Par Hermes, Sang Noir, Centenaire and Grand Sport Sang Bleu to name but a very few. The Legends editions came in 2013, based on the Grand Sport. Most cars were produced either as one-offs for customers or in very limited runs and commanded up to twice the original list price. The major differences between the limited edition and standard cars were the paintjobs and custom trim items.
 
As with everything else about the Veyron, servicing and maintenance involves big numbers. According to local supercar specialists, every Veyron needs to be returned to the factory in Molsheim, France for major servicing.

Smaller servicing and maintenance can be carried out by a handful of approved specialists though, but even in the realm of the supercar, Veyron maintenance costs are on another level. It goes without saying that a full factory service history is essential, and some cars will have either original factory warranties or extended warranties which is always desirable.
 
Performance and specs

Bugatti Veyron 16.4
Engine 7993cc, 64valve DOHC W16 
Power 987bhp @ 6000rpm 
Torque 922lb ft @ 2200-5500rpm
Top speed 253mph 
0-62mph 2.5seconds 
Fuel consumption 11.7mpg 
Gearbox Seven-speed semi-automatic
 
Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase 2710mm
Length 4462mm
Width 1998mm
Height 1159mm
Curb Weight 1888kg
 
Common problems

• Most Veyrons have minimal mileages and are kept in collections seeing very little use. Due to this and the engineering integrity of these cars, no common issues have been noted, other than the odd flat battery.

• Servicing costs are astronomical, with tyre replacements costing as much as a base spec Fiesta. At every third tyre changes the rims are inspected for hairline cracks, which could mean a further large bill if new wheels are required.

• Check the history of the car before purchase, to see whether there are any large service bills looming.

• Very low ground clearance means a thorough inspection should be carried out underneath the car to check for any damage.

• Every Veyron came with a high speed mode activating key and a tablet computer, so make sure these are still present.

• Bodywork and interior trim can be repaired by specialists so minor cosmetic issues should not deter you from an otherwise sound car.
 
Model history

2005: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 introduced. 1000bhp 8.0-litre W16 engine and seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox sole option
2007: Pur Sang limited edition – 5 units built
2008: FBG Par Hermes limited edition version produced. Sang Noir with black exterior and orange interior built – 15 units
2009: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport introduced as a targa-top. Same running gear as Veyron 16.4. Centenaire Special Edition launched – 4 units built
2010: Bugatti Veyron Super Sport introduced, with engine upgraged to 1184bhp. Grand Sport Sang Bleu targa top limited edition also introduced, along side the Grand Sport Grey Carbon and Royal Dark Blue one-offs at the Geneva Motor Show car.
2011: Veyron 16.4 production ends. Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse introduced, with the same running gear as Veyron Super Sport
2013: Bugatti Racing Legends editions released based on Grand sport – 4 built. Jean Bugatti Legends Edition, Jean-Peirre Wimille Legends Edition, Meo Constantini Legends Edition and Rembrandt Bugatti Legends Edition.
2015: All Veyron production ceases, with 450 units produced

Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.bugattiowners.club/
• www.bugatticarclub.co.uk/tag/bugatti-veyron/
• www.hrowen.co.uk/bugatti - Source for Bugatti parts, sales and servicing
• www.bugatti.com/home
 
Summary and prices
 
The Veyron range has seen some depreciation in the years since its launch, partly down to the huge running costs involved, as well as the relatively high production figures. Some of the earliest cars have dipped to around £650,000 while the majority of the non-special edition models can be found for around the £1,000,000 mark.
 
The many limited run cars as well as the Super Sport and Targa Top versions vary in pricing quite markedly with some of the last cars commanding up to £2,400,000. Mileages are invariably low, and conditions are generally of the showroom variety.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 20th Jan 2016
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  • Bugatti Veyron

    €1,500,000(£1,346,700) €1,500,000(£1,346,700)

    Specifications Year of manufacture: December 2009 Mileage: 33 764 km Chassis : VF9SK252X0M795040 – Number 40 Exterior color: Black Uni & Italien Red Interior color: Red HP: 1001cv Engine displacement: 7993 cm3 Gearbox: Automatic Service book: Yes History With the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, Bugatti has succeeded in combining the exceptional performance of the Veyron coupe with the wonderful shape of a roadster: maximum speed up to 360 km / h in cabriolet and 407 km / h closed roof! Our Veyron Grand Sport was first registered in 2009 December and was used by the factory between 2009 and 2014. It has always been very well maintained by Bugatti with services carried out in October 2010, June 2012, October 2012, May 2013 and April 2014. It is one of the 48 examples built! Then car was given a full service before being sold in August 2014 to an important client, who asked the factory to re-paint the car, changing it from the original "Black Blue Metallic» to “Black Uni & Italian Red ". The factory issued a certificate confirming that they had carried out this change of color. In March 2017, the car was then sold and registered in England. The odometer show us 33 764 km. The car is in a pristine condition, interior and exterior are like new. We have the booklet and the Bugatti user manual. It is important to note that it has recently been fully serviced by Bugatti and given four new tyres by the factory in Molsheim. This car benefits from a Bugatti manufacturer's international warranty for 12 months. Price 1 500 000 euros Ad link http://www.jeanlainvintage.com/vehicule/13145-bugatti-veyron-grand-sport/ Find us and contact us Jean Lain Vintage – Showroom / +334 79 88 66 36 – Jérôme Millias +337 60 14 73 07 11 Rue de la Dent du Chat 73 420 Voglans France Jean Lain Vintage – Workshop and restoration / +334 50 84 21 80 9 Rue de la Californie 74 100 Ville-la-Grand France info@jeanlainvintage.com http://jeanlainvintage.com/ Opening hours From Monday to Friday, 8am to 12am and 2pm to 7pm Saturday and Sunday on appointment

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 33764 mi
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  • Bugatti Veyron 16.4

    £1,199,995 £1,199,995

    The Veyron was the first supercar to be developed and constructed with a series configuration that can master any driving scenario at any time. While other supercars need to be specially prepared for the relevant scenario beforehand, the Veyron rapidly configures itself accordingly without the driver needing to do anything. Maximum acceleration on long straights, winding country roads, or urban traffic the Veyron is always perfectly configured and extremely comfortable to drive.

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 14420 mi
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