Night had fallen on the city of Monaco, when out of a thick veil of mist on the Place du Casino – whose façade had been impressively painted in blue and red, the Company’s colors, for just this occasion – the first Bugatti Veyron 16.4*) built in series rolled onto the avenues of Monte Carlo. When the roaring sound of the 736 kW (1001 HP) 16-cylinder engine mixed with the joyous applause of the 400 honored guests that filled the place at the center of the Mediterranean metropolis, even the last of the passers-by realised that he was lucky on this Friday evening to be a witness to a very special event.
Some say “European premiere” – and others proclaim the rebirth of a legend, since the Veyron 16.4 presents itself in this form for the very first time to the public at large and, at the same time, becomes part of a long line of superb vehicles reaching back to the early years of the Bugatti trademark. Also, it reflects the spirit of a family of artists, whose eminent members Carlo, Ettore, Rembrandt and Jean are honored by an exhibition around the fountain hill in the center of the Place du Casino (still open to visitors as part of the “Art de l’Automobile” event until June 8, 2003).
In this ambience the appearance of the Veyron 16.4 resulted in a most successful premiere, where the past and the present seem to have lined up as a guard of honor.
The European premiere of the first Bugatti of the 21st century coincided with the opening night for the “Art de l’Automobile”: An exhibition, where until Whit Sunday, apart from the new Veyron 16.4, more than 40 antique Bugatti cars make their appearance in Monte Carlo. From the first tricycle, which Ettore created when still an apprentice in Milano, to the successful racing cars of the nineteen twenties and thirties, many antique Bugatti models can be admired.
*) 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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