Dr. Karl-Heinz Neumann contradicts false reports: Development is running according to plan – first delivery in April 2004
“Fascination Automobile” is the logo of this year’s International Automobile Fair (IAA), which will run until September 21st in Frankfurt. “Fascination Bugatti” is how the activities of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. could be described at the IAA this year. Seldom before have so many sports car fans expressed interest in a new car as has been the case with the Veyron 16.4*), with its noble grey/grey exterior colors and, for the first time, grenadine-colored interior. The reasons for this interest are two-fold: On the one hand because of the super sports car itself, which has not been seen in this state of development in Germany before, and on the other hand because of the explanations by Dr. Bernd Pischetsrieder (Chairman of Volkswagen AG) and Dr. Karl-Heinz Neumann (President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.) in reply to the many false reports which have recently surfaced in the automotive press regarding the current developmental stand of the vehicle.
Dr. Pischetsrieder made it clear in his statement that Dr. Karl-Heinz Neumann will remain as head of the Veyron project until it is finished. A successor to the Bugatti President will then be announced in October.Dr. Karl-Heinz Neumann, who has headed the development of this high performance sports car from the beginning, expressed his dissatisfaction with the “miserably researched reports in the media”, and said that he was “not amused”. “According to everything I’ve read about the vehicle up to now”, he said, “what we should be presenting here today is nothing more than a pile of junk.” The journalists will be able to convince themselves that this is not the case later.
The Bugatti boss was especially concrete in his denial of recurring reports about problems with the W16 engine, which, with its 736 kW (1001 hp), can catapult the Veyron to more than 400 km/h. “The engine runs dependably – overheating is no problem!” Dr. Neumann told the journalists that an analysis of the vehicle’s cooling behavior showed that, even at an external temperature of 40 °Celcius, the Veyron 16.4 can maintain its top speed without difficulty. He also specifically denied reports that a “street version with reduced performance” will be offered. “There isn’t the slightest reason why limits should be set with the vehicle’s top speed. The Veyron will go faster than 400 km/h and has 736 kW (1001 horsepower) – there will be no other version of this vehicle!”
“At present, we are in the end-phase in testing the tires that have been developed jointly with MICHELIN, and have already tested successfully at 440 km/h”, said Dr. Neumann in reply to a number of newspaper reports which had expressed doubts as to the ability of the tires to withstand pressures at such high speeds.Finally, in reply to rumors that the delivery of the first vehicles will be pushed back one year, the Bugatti head said, “We will begin – just as we had always planned – with the production of the first six vehicles in the Bugatti studio in Molsheim in November of this year. The first Veyron will be delivered in April of 2004!”
*) Gearbox: 7 Gear DSG, fuel consumption combined: 24.9l/100km, fuel consumption in town: 41.9l/100km, fuel consumption out of town: 15.6l/100km, CO2 emission combined: 596g/km, Efficiency Class: G
Annual tax for this vehicle €1132
Energy costs at a mileage of 20,000 km:
Fuel costs (Super Plus) at a fuel price of 1.624 EUR/billing unit €8087.52
Created on: 11/30/2011
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