Driven: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, Part I Page 2

July 27, 2009

Owners can customize their Veyron in any imaginable way, and some Middle Eastern clients have come up with some "creative" choices, says U.S. marketing manager John Hill.


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

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Massive air intakes on the side foreshadow the shapes seen on Bugatti's corporate cousin, the Audi R8.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

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Huge polished wheels wear the "EB" logo and hide "Bugatti"-stamped brake calipers, surrounded by front 265-series and 365-series tires.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

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That sucking sound you hear isnt Ross Perot's lament from the political grave--it's the Veyron's four turbochargers opening and slamming shut their wastegates in the most aurally pleasing way you'll ever hear in a car.


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

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Manifold destiny: if you want a Veyron, you'll want everyone to see the exposed engine elements hung out behind the cockpit and seats.


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

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An automatic spoiler deploys at 137 mph to generate downforce, which helps the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport stay glued to the track to its 253-mph speed limit (it's 224 mph when the targa panel is removed).


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

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After a long run at speed, the Veyron's spoiler will stay in its "up" position until the massive 16-cylinder engine has cooled.


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

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Bugatti details are sculptural, down to the milled finished on the completely hidden gas tank (not shown here). Fuel economy ranges from 8 mpg city to 14 mpg on the highway, by European specs.


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

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Bugatti's Hill promises he's seen 18 mpg on the highway; our shattering runs on the Merritt Parkway pushed his numbers forcefully down, according to the Grand Sport's instant-economy gauge.


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

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Premium only, please--fuel as well as clients.


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

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The Grand Sport's interior is snug for two adults--and there's no room at all for luggage except for a minimal space under the front hood. Owners will have "their people" schlep "their stuff" to "Fedex," we imagine. That black patch on the center tunnel is a connection point for cellular telephones. The phone slot's a very important accessory: each Bugatti sportscar delivers a stream of data to the company each time the car is turned off. All kinds of telemetry--speeds driven, mileage, any technical problems, and location--are transmitted to Bugatti HQ, which contacts owners if it detects a problem. Owners can opt out of the location service if they wish.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

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There's no typical navigation screen in the Grand Sport: both a rearview camera and the navigation instructions are displayed in the car's rearview mirror, leaving the lovely elliptical center stack to dazzle with a milled finish and a real sense of tradition.

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