Apr 22, 2008

A Bugatti Veyron sells $3.6 mln as unveiled at Beijing auto show

The super sports brand Bugatti Veyron, which was unveiled to Chinese customers at the Beijing auto show yesterday, had one unit sold two hours after its China debut.

According to Bugatti's CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen, the customer already made an order for the 25 mln yuan ($3.6 mln) Bugatti Veyron and will go to Bugatti's headquarters in Europe himself to pick out the model and its color.

The Bugatti brand is one of the automotive industry's oldest marques, and the Bugatti Veyron car is claimed to be the fastest production car to ever hit the road.

To start with, the long bodied Bugatti, which measures a 4.5 meters and a massive 2.0 meters wide, gets slightly re-jigged headlights and a few extra air intake apertures, such as those located just behind the front wheels.

It is equipped with a killer 16-cylinder engine and a new 7-speed, all-wheel drive semi-manual transmission. In the real world, Bugatti Veyron can accelerate to 100km/h from rest in 2.9 seconds.

Veyron will hit 300km/h in 14.0 seconds flat and can cruise at 400km/h with ease. The car is electronically limited to 400km/h (248 mph), though if de-restricted the 8.0-litre coupe would be capable of at least 450km/h.
About Bugatti Veyron

This brings to an end the era of design models and concept cars which since the late 1990s have signposted possible paths to the Bugattis of the future.

Design and technological concept have finally become reality in the Veyron model’s final form and will be available from the beginning of 2004 as a strictly limited edition of just 300 cars.

Technologically futuristic and packed with creative engineering, the first Bugatti of the 21st century has arrived.

Come of the Bugatti Veyron.

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4’s home is in Molsheim-Dorlisheim, the French town where, almost 100 years ago, Ettore Bugatti began to realize his lifelong dream of being a car manufacturer.

The new workshop is not just where the engine and vehicle are assembled and tested, it is also the place where customers collect their Bugattis and drive them out onto the streets for the first time.

The aim is to turn Molsheim into an all-round Bugatti center once again. While up to 70 new vehicles a year are built by hand in the new facility, neighboring specially-equipped workshops are the scene of expert restoration work on historic Bugatti vehicles. Both past and future have found a new home here.

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