Head of Design Hartmut Warkuss and his team were faced with a Herculean task:
they were to design a car that combined its classic heritage and state-of-the-art modernism in a unique and unmatched way. A serial production vehicle that continued a great tradition. A sports car worthy of the name Bugatti.
The designers created the Veyron 16.4*), taking on a legend and mastering the challenge in one fell swoop: the final version of the serial production vehicle is almost identical to the first design draft. This indicates the high quality of the concept as well as the designer’s thoroughly responsible attitude and full intellectual grasp of the design objective. In order to transport the heritage of Ettore Bugatti to the present, the designers had to immerse themselves in the company’s history and to completely internalize the traditional brand values. That is the basis on which a feeling for the look and shape of the legendary brand can evolve.
The design sketch, however, is only the very first step. Turning a design into reality is by far the greater challenge. The challenge was taken, and the result is this automobile with its typical racecar mid-engine. A car that is made unique by its harmony, self-containment, and elegance. A car that exudes power, warmth, and charisma, taking an unchallenged position far beyond the mediocre. For the Veyron rises above any existing categories and classifications. It is not an Italian sports car, nor a British or French one. It is a Bugatti.
With a passion for detail and an eye on the big picture
The fully executed 1:1 clay model formes the basis for the design decision.
*) 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
The values were calculated using the prescribed measurement method (§ 2, numbers 5, 6, 6 per car energy labeling ordinance in its current version).CO2 emissions, which result from the production and provision of fuel or other energy sources are not taken into account in the determination of CO2 emissions pursuant to Directive 1999/94/EC. The figures do not refer to a specific vehicle and are not part of the offer, but only serve the purpose of comparing different vehicle types. The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of a vehicle not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but also on driving style and other non-technical factors. CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. Notice pursuant to Directive 1999/94/EC of each current valid version: For more information on official fuel consumption and the specific official CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be acquired from the "Guide for Fuel Economy, CO2 Emissions and Power Consumption of New Passenger Cars" available at all sales outlets and at DAT German Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, D-73760 Ostfildern – available free of charge or at www.dat.de. Efficiency classes of vehicles are evaluated in terms of CO2 emissions by means of the vehicle's empty weight. Vehicles that correspond to the average are classified as D. Vehicles that are better are graded with A+, A, B or C. Vehicles that are worse than the average are given an E, F or G.