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Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:11 am

http://jalopnik.com/tag/bugatti-veyron-centenaire/?id=5161549
http://www.autoblog.com/2009/03/02/f...eu-centenaire-emerges-from-geneva/

This is a bit off the planet - if it is for real, then I can't believe how they've made it work - after all the endless rumours about how the original Bugatti Veyron was so endlessly fickle in development.

It also seems to have shaved 150kg from the weight of the Veyron if the wild rumours are correct.

That would make it:

1400hp
1738kg weight (original 1888kg).

I don't know any other details. But to give the following acceleration figures for a standard Veyron, you know it'll be scalding quick (if the transmission doesn't break):

Speed over common distances from a start:
0-100m: 145km/h (that's not a typo - it is for real)
0-200m: 188km/h
0-400m: 235km/h (9.9 seconds)

Acceleration to common speeds:
0-60km/h: 1.6 seconds
0-100km/h: 2.7 seconds
0-160km/h: 5.1 seconds
0-200km/h: 7.4 seconds
0-240km/h: 10.4 seconds
0-400km/h: 55.8 seconds

Power to weight:
530hp/tonne (original)
829hp/tonne (Bleu Centenaire)

If the figures are right (we'll find out tomorrow I think) - then this is truly astonishing - and by a big margin the fastest car in the world.

[Edited 2009-03-03 02:25:08]
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:12 am

While the Veyron is without doubt an amazing feat of engineering, it was not the fastest car on the Top Gear test track. The original Veyron's mass meant that it wasn't as nimble as other, lighter supercars, even though there is no contest when it comes down to a drag race. I don't know if the reduced weight of this version will fix that problem, but I suppose we'll just have to wait and see.

Great to see that Bugatti is still working on improving it despite the car being already the world's fastest.
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:33 am

While I am a car fan, I have issues with trying to develop a road legal car that can go multiple times over the speed limits, that could cost over $1 Million while we need cars that can get much better fuel mileage or use non-oil based fuel sources and yet affordable for the masses.
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:41 pm



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2):
While I am a car fan, I have issues with trying to develop a road legal car that can go multiple times over the speed limits, that could cost over $1 Million while we need cars that can get much better fuel mileage or use non-oil based fuel sources and yet affordable for the masses.

Very good, but the Veyron is not exactly for the masses, is it?
It's a car developed to push the envelope of what a legal road car can do. Actually, I think that it will go down in history as the pinnacle of the internal-combustion car, now that it seems that we are on the verge of a new (electric) age...
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:47 pm



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2):
While I am a car fan, I have issues with trying to develop a road legal car that can go multiple times over the speed limits, that could cost over $1 Million while we need cars that can get much better fuel mileage or use non-oil based fuel sources and yet affordable for the masses.

The development of cars like the Veyron (which incidentally, I don't care for) pays dividends for many other cars further down the model line. What are your issues with VW developing this car?

Although I share your concern for alternate fuels and efficiency, lessons learned from cars like this trickle down. Taking the "green" angle on things, consider the effect of extremely minor efficiencies (structural and otherwise) that might have been learned during the Veyron development. When applied to wider scale production cars, the effect toward your concerns can be quite positive.
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:03 pm

Here is a phot of the beast. According to car magazine it's basically the standard Veyron but in bugatti blue, it's a trim option. If you want one you have to be quick only 300 veyrons are being built, about 250 have already been sold.

Big version: Width: 824 Height: 457 File size: 83kb
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:11 pm



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2):
While I am a car fan, I have issues with trying to develop a road legal car that can go multiple times over the speed limits, that could cost over $1 Million while we need cars that can get much better fuel mileage or use non-oil based fuel sources and yet affordable for the masses.

Because you can!!! If everyone thought like that, nobody would have bothered to scale Everest, go to the moon, or build Concorde.

You need to understand the purpose of the Veyron. It is nothing more than a huge publicity stunt to not only relaunch the long defunct Bugatti brand, but to put it right at the very top of the heap in terms of prestige. VW intends for Bugatti to simply outclass Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Bently, Mercedes, BMW, Maybach, Ferarri, etc. all at the same time.

Years ago VW launch the Phaeton, a car meant to be able to compete with the Mercedes S-Class and other such cars. I sat in one at the Geneva auto show at its launch and itis a wonderful luxury car. But who wants to spend a big pile of money on a luxury car that carries the name Volkswagen (People's Car)? They've only managed to sell a few thousand Phaetons in the past decade.

As you will recall, Toyota and Nissan had the same issue, and launched the Lexus and Infiniti brands for their luxury cars. VW managed to get their hands on the Bugatti brand, but rather than simply come out with a rebadged and updated Phaeton with a Bugatti badge, they wanted to signal that Bugatti was not just any car. The Veyron was a cost-no-object technical tour-de-force - the ultimate supercar. No luxury or sports car manufacturer could absorb the expense of developing it and the fact that, in spite of the million dollar price tag, VW actually loses over a million dollars on each car it sells. As far as an economically viable car, it is a massive failure, as was Concorde. But it was never intended to be economically viable.

Once they have the prestige of having built and sold the world's most powerful, expensive cars in history, they can concentrate on more earth-like ventures, such as a line of cars targetted at the S-Class Mercs, Astons, Rolls etc. Bugatti might well become the number one brand in the world in terms of brand equity, if they do it right. And on those cars, unlike the Veyron, they intend to make a lot of money.
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:49 pm



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2):
While I am a car fan, I have issues with trying to develop a road legal car that can go multiple times over the speed limits, that could cost over $1 Million while we need cars that can get much better fuel mileage or use non-oil based fuel sources and yet affordable for the masses.

Well, it could go 400 on the A67 autobahn around Heimsheim, germany, a level road where there is no limit for 15 km... I do not say you should, though  Wink

And whether 400 km/h is really legal on the Autobahn can be debated, as well  Wink But it would be a nice test track for this vehicle...

And come on, I hate this "save the world and don't do anything funny anymore" stuff... Actually you can develop efficient cars AND build a Veyron at the same time...
 
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Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:53 pm



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 7):
And come on, I hate this "save the world and don't do anything funny anymore" stuff... Actually you can develop efficient cars AND build a Veyron at the same time...

How about a Veyron Hybrid?  Smile
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:57 pm



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 6):
Years ago VW launch the Phaeton, a car meant to be able to compete with the Mercedes S-Class and other such cars. I sat in one at the Geneva auto show at its launch and itis a wonderful luxury car. But who wants to spend a big pile of money on a luxury car that carries the name Volkswagen (People's Car)? They've only managed to sell a few thousand Phaetons in the past decade.

They are planning on another one if you can believe it...You'd think they have Audi for a reason. I got to see the original Veyron in person in VW headquarters in Herndon. Other than it's speed I can't say it was anything special inside. Bugatti is to VW as Maybach is to Mercedes.
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:07 pm



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 8):

How about a Veyron Hybrid?

Well, what use would it be. On the Autobahn, a hybrid is not more efficient. However, using the huge torque an electric engine offers could be cool...

I just don't support the hybrid hype yet. Combined with a cool Diesel engine, though, it would be cool (but not for a Veyron).

On the other hand, think about an electric brake that could store the energy of a Veyron braking down from 400 km/h, and using it again for acceleration... Would be cool...
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:03 pm



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 6):
Years ago VW launch the Phaeton, a car meant to be able to compete with the Mercedes S-Class and other such cars. I sat in one at the Geneva auto show at its launch and itis a wonderful luxury car. But who wants to spend a big pile of money on a luxury car that carries the name Volkswagen (People's Car)? They've only managed to sell a few thousand Phaetons in the past decade.

Which in my opinion is a great and much under rated car, if I could afford one the V10 TDi would be sitting in my garrage.

Quoting Sv7887 (Reply 9):
They are planning on another one if you can believe it...

And I hope it succeeds, it should do well if they price if right, I would price it slightly higher than a 5 series or E class.
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:17 pm



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 7):
And whether 400 km/h is really legal on the Autobahn can be debated, as well

Well, it’s practically *legal*, but I would guess the Polizei would nevertheless give you a warning... Big grin
 
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Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:44 pm



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 12):

Well, the problem is that § 1 section 2 states that everyone must act so that others are not endangered more than necessary, and § 3 states that everyone must only drive so fast that he is able to stop within the visible distance, and that he may only drive so fast that he is still able to manage his car.

Still, § 3 section 2 of the driver code (Straßenverkehrsordnung STVO) states that there is no general speed limit on the Autobahn...

So, if the Autobahn is empty it might not be illegal, but it could be, depending also on the driver. It would be stupid as hell to do it, but somehow I would love to try  Wink
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:52 pm



Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 5):
If you want one you have to be quick only 300 veyrons are being built, about 250 have already been sold.

To the UAE no doubt  Wink

Seriously though, this is an awesome engineering achievement but no way can the average guy..hell even someone who has a Ferrari - can afford this one.
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:57 pm



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2):
While I am a car fan, I have issues with trying to develop a road legal car that can go multiple times over the speed limits, that could cost over $1 Million while we need cars that can get much better fuel mileage or use non-oil based fuel sources and yet affordable for the masses.

Speed is still free on autobahn in Germany. Fuel economy is interesting, I think you can drive 12 minutes on a full tank with the old Veyron at full speed, anyone dare to guess the fueleconomy on the new Veyron?
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:02 pm



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 10):
Well, what use would it be. On the Autobahn, a hybrid is not more efficient. However, using the huge torque an electric engine offers could be cool...

I just don't support the hybrid hype yet. Combined with a cool Diesel engine, though, it would be cool (but not for a Veyron).

On the other hand, think about an electric brake that could store the energy of a Veyron braking down from 400 km/h, and using it again for acceleration... Would be cool...

KERS (Kinetic energy recovery system) is the name, about to be used on F1 cars (already in use with Citroën in WRC).
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:13 pm



Quoting Alessandro (Reply 15):
Speed is still free on autobahn in Germany. Fuel economy is interesting, I think you can drive 12 minutes on a full tank with the old Veyron at full speed, anyone dare to guess the fueleconomy on the new Veyron?

It's not going to be any different from the standard version, this is a trim option not a more powerful version.
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:17 pm



Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 17):
It's not going to be any different from the standard version, this is a trim option not a more powerful version.

Uh, no. 150 KG lighter and 400 hp more powerful.
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:38 pm



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 18):
Uh, no. 150 KG lighter and 400 hp more powerful.

Not according to the Bugatti press release, it makes no mention of more power or reduced weight. If you have heard otherwise please provide a link.

Bugatti Press Release:

Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. presents the Bugatti Veyron Bleu Centenaire at the 2009 Geneve Motor Show, a special commission honouring the 100th anniversary of the company, thus initiating a range of worldwide activities celebrating the creation of this mythic brand a hundred years ago. In addition Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is shown for the first time to a wider public in Europe.

Hundred years of Bugatti

In 1909 Ettore Bugatti started his business in the Alsacian town of Molsheim, France. The name of the company: "Ettore Bugatti Automobiles i.Els.". And although the name has changed into "Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.", the site and the philosophy of the brand have been preserved. In 2006 the first model under the "new management" was launched, precisely 50 years after the last car of the original company left the gates of the Molsheim factory. The Bugatti Veyron has only been on the market for three years, but has already reached the status of being an undisputed part of automotive history, with 250 cars ordered to date, and nearly 200 cars delivered. This means that there are only 50 Veyrons to be sold until the limit of 300 units will be reached.

The Bugatti Veyron Bleu Centenaire

Building on the marque's core values of « Art - Forme - Technique » , Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. has created the Bugatti Veyron Bleu Centenaire, a unique model to celebrate the hundred year old history of the company. This special model takes up the traditional Bugatti two-tone-specification, but portrays it in one rather than two colours: in the most known light shaded Bugatti blue. The Centenaire's unique combination of a « sprintblue matt » and « sprintblue gloss » hence offers a new impression of the two-tone-scheme known so far with parts of the engine also covered in this traditional Bugatti Blue.

The roof-trim-stripes and the exterior rearview mirrors are of polished, anodised aluminium. A special wheel design has been added - enhanced by a bright red brake-capillar. The grills at the front and at the side air intakes are in « mirror shine ».

The interior of the Centenaire is fitted in a special «snowbeige» leather with quilting on the seats. The central console is covered in the same leather. New LED lights, Park Distance Control and a rearview camera have become part of the standard equipment for all Bugatti Veyrons from this year onwards. The Bugatti Veyron Bleu Centenaire shares all performance characteristics of other Veyron models performance-, acceleration- and deceleration characteristics which have been highly praised ever since the Bugatti Veyron first appeared on the scene. The car will cost 1,35 Million Euro exclusive taxes and transportation.
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:46 pm



Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 19):
Not according to the Bugatti press release, it makes no mention of more power or reduced weight. If you have heard otherwise please provide a link.

From the thread starter:

http://jalopnik.com/tag/bugatti-veyron-centenaire/?id=5161549

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/03/02/f...eu-centenaire-emerges-from-geneva/

The rumors surrounding the Bugatti Veyron Centenaire, possibly debuting at Geneva, have just gone to DEFCON 3 with Auto Motor und Sport reporting a 273 MPH top speed.

The reports of a higher speed comes from a major German magazine. And with the aerodynamics around 250mph, I can believe that it takes several hundred horses more to increase speed by less than 20 mph.
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:51 pm

At 3800 lbs. it is still too heavy. Give me a Caparo T1 any day. Plus, the veyron only got the 5th place time on Top Gear and I don't think that more power would help much.
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Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:13 pm



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 20):
From the thread starter:

http://jalopnik.com/tag/bugatti-veyron-centenaire/?id=5161549

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/03/02/f...eu-centenaire-emerges-from-geneva/

The rumors surrounding the Bugatti Veyron Centenaire, possibly debuting at Geneva, have just gone to DEFCON 3 with Auto Motor und Sport reporting a 273 MPH top speed.

The reports of a higher speed comes from a major German magazine. And with the aerodynamics around 250mph, I can believe that it takes several hundred horses more to increase speed by less than 20 mph.

Yes I read those but they are all wrong, why note read my post which contains the official press release, this is not a Veyron with less weight and more power, it's a trim option and that is all. Do you really think Bugatti would have issued a release and not mentioned that it was faster?

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 21):
At 3800 lbs. it is still too heavy. Give me a Caparo T1 any day. Plus, the veyron only got the 5th place time on Top Gear and I don't think that more power would help much.

It's a different kind of car, a Caparo really shouldn't be allowed on the road, not many people could drive it safely, whereas anyone can drive a Veyron, take it to the shops and give the keys to granny for her trip to church on Sunday.
 
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Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:18 pm



Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 22):
It's a different kind of car, a Caparo really shouldn't be allowed on the road, not many people could drive it safely

True. OK then, I'll take a Koenigsegg CCXR for my daily driver and the Caparo for special occasions.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 22):
whereas anyone can drive a Veyron, take it to the shops and give the keys to granny for her trip to church on Sunday

Scary thought. It's only a matter of time until Paris Hilton gets one and then it isn't cool anymore. Plus, what's wrong with driving a Caparo to church? Big grin
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Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:24 pm



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 23):
Scary thought. It's only a matter of time until Paris Hilton gets one and then it isn't cool anymore. Plus, what's wrong with driving a Caparo to church?

So long as there are no speed bumps or driveways then ok, or you could put it on a trailer take a trip to your local holy man for a blessing on the way to your local track where hopefully the blessing will keep you safe and the car won't kill you. I'd rather have a Caterham Superlight 500 or CSR.
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400h

Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:26 pm



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 13):
Well, the problem is that § 1 section 2 states that everyone must act so that others are not endangered more than necessary, and § 3 states that everyone must only drive so fast that he is able to stop within the visible distance, and that he may only drive so fast that he is still able to manage his car.

Still, § 3 section 2 of the driver code (Straßenverkehrsordnung STVO) states that there is no general speed limit on the Autobahn...

So, if the Autobahn is empty it might not be illegal, but it could be, depending also on the driver. It would be stupid as hell to do it, but somehow I would love to try

I understand. Haven’t read the StvO so I don’t know it too well, but on an empty Autobahn with good visibility, I think you have the rights to make a fuss if they stop you.

As I’ve seen since I moved to the BRD, extremely many things there don’t make sense! Let’s take an example; the language.  stirthepot 

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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:42 pm



Quoting CXB77L (Reply 1):
While the Veyron is without doubt an amazing feat of engineering, it was not the fastest car on the Top Gear test track.



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 21):
Plus, the veyron only got the 5th place time on Top Gear and I don't think that more power would help much.

That doesn't mean much. Jeremy Clarkson himself said the Bugatti handled like a big Lotus Elise, which is high praise and better than what most of the top supercars in the TG board can say. And quite frankly, I think the stig took it around the track quite gingerly, there was barely ever any tire squeal or sliding. Or maybe it just has too much grip. Then again if I was the Stig I'd be rather careful with a $1.5 million car.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 21):
Give me a Caparo T1 any day.

You do that. Have fun getting it to work or not break down.
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:51 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 26):
there was barely ever any tire squeal or sliding.

Did you have the volume up? It didn't look that fast, but there was some tire squeal there. I think that it's just one of those cars that is dceptively fast.

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 26):
That doesn't mean much. Jeremy Clarkson himself said the Bugatti handled like a big Lotus Elise, which is high praise and better than what most of the top supercars in the TG board can say.

Well, as good as the Bugatti is, I'd buy a Koenigsegg and a Caparo and have change left over.
Why have a Bugatti that handles like a big Elise when I could have a Caparo that handles like a big F1 car and a Koenigsegg that wants to kill me.
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:02 pm



Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 5):
but in bugatti blue

Did anyone else notice that paint scheme? Matte blue with gloss blue. Cool effect.

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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400h

Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:08 pm

For $1m you can buy a new Cessna 400 (the former Columbia 400) which cruises at 235 knots. Plus you have enough money left over to actually run the aircraft for quite a long time.


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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:55 pm



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 27):
Did you have the volume up?

Are you kidding? I blast my speakers when I watch TG. What I was getting at is that compared to the caterham, the zonda, and many others the Bugatti barely squeaked.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 27):
Why have a Bugatti that handles like a big Elise when I could have a Caparo that handles like a big F1 car and a Koenigsegg that wants to kill me.

Because the Bugatti is practical and comfortable enough to take your sweetheart out on a date or use it as a daily driver if you really wanted to (nobody will of course). The only other car out there that is insanely fast and yet actually works as a "car" (as opposed to a racing machine) is the McLaren F1.

Don't get me wrong I love the Koenigsegg CCXR and I respect the Caparo. But the Bugatti is on a class of its own.

Quoting Flighty (Reply 29):
For $1m you can buy a new Cessna 400 (the former Columbia 400) which cruises at 235 knots.

Why get that when you could get this:



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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:49 am



Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 22):
It's a different kind of car, a Caparo really shouldn't be allowed on the road, not many people could drive it safely, whereas anyone can drive a Veyron, take it to the shops and give the keys to granny for her trip to church on Sunday.

The car is pretty breathtaking to look at. But from what I've heard it is a lot of work to drive.
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:29 am



Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 11):
Which in my opinion is a great and much under rated car

The Phaeton is a fantastic car, on the level of the S-Class and 7-Series. But, unfortunately, the VW badge kills it. On the other hand, that does make it rather exclusive, which has its own appeal.

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 30):
Why get that when you could get this:

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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400h

Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:53 am



Quoting Flighty (Reply 29):
For $1m you can buy a new Cessna 400 (the former Columbia 400) which cruises at 235 knots. Plus you have enough money left over to actually run the aircraft for quite a long time.



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 30):
Why get that when you could get this:



That’s better! The Lancair 4, with pressurisation and a turboprop (pictured is the piston engine version). Cruises @ 300 knots! That’s 555 km/h; take that, Veyron.  Wink
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:40 pm

WOW!

I saw a Veyron last saturday in GVA when walking around, it was parked in front of the Four Seasons, I almost wet myself!! I could not believe it.

And to top it off, there was a Ferrari Dealership near my hotel, I decided to have a look at the window and what do I see inside... an F50!!!

I have pics if you want to see.

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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:36 am



Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 34):
And to top it off, there was a Ferrari Dealership near my hotel, I decided to have a look at the window and what do I see inside... an F50!!!

The F50 is one of my favorite Ferraris of all time.
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:27 am



Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 35):
The F50 is one of my favorite Ferraris of all time.

It never hit a chord with me but yes, it is one of Ferrari's great flagships. Ferrari had a party at the Peninsula in Hong Kong a few years back, to introduce the F50. It was a nice looking car. Dont worry, they didn't invite me!

But the idea of seeing a Veyron on the streets... nothing can top that. Wow!!  Silly

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 33):
The Lancair 4


Cool!  bigthumbsup 
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:46 am

The Bugatti dealer in Phoenix has a Greenish Black Bugatti for sale. And a gentleman in town owns a Silver car. They are spectacular to see in person! There are a couple on the market in the United States. If you are ever in Vegas, Lamborghini Vegas had one at there Palazzo showroom last time I was there.
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:56 am



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 30):

Why get that when you could get this:

As soon as I saw his picture of the Cessna/Columbia 400 Corvalis TT (or whatever fruity name Cessna put on it), I was going for the obligatory Mooney Acclaim Type S shot. But, since you so nicely have it already, I guess I don't have to do it.
As nice as the 400 is, I think I'm going to have to go with the Mooney. And, on the Lancair Evolution, the one with the turbine, your not going to get one for under $1mil USD. Your looking closer to $1.5mil USD. At that point, go buy a king air, and be happy.

O, nice car??

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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:10 am



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 26):

That doesn't mean much. Jeremy Clarkson himself said the Bugatti handled like a big Lotus Elise, which is high praise and better than what most of the top supercars in the TG board can say.

But Clarkson can not be trusted. He was practically praying to the lord for the Zonda F to be slower than the Veyron. It wasn't. I'm surprised he didn't burn its lap time (like he did the GT2, which conveniently did the "same" lap time as that Lamborghini).

The Veyron is a poorer car than the Zonda F. Its design is poorer, it doesn't have Pagani's attention to detail, or his attention to weight saving (without compromising comfort or refinement). And it is built to absolute perfection.

After that 911 GT2 / Lamborghini stunt, I've given up on Top Gear. They aren't worth the film they are recorded on.
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:38 am

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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:05 pm

If I had the money, I would buy a 911 Turbo Porsche anyway. Less power, but handles MUCH better...
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:36 pm



Quoting Cpd (Reply 39):
But Clarkson can not be trusted. He was practically praying to the lord for the Zonda F to be slower than the Veyron.

If anything it was Hammond praying for the Zonda to beat the Veyron. The Zonda was 1:17.8, the Veyron did it in 1.18:3, that's exactly half a second faster. I'm sure the Stig could shave off that half second if he really wanted too.
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:57 pm



Quoting Cpd (Reply 39):
The Veyron is a poorer car than the Zonda F. Its design is poorer, it doesn't have Pagani's attention to detail, or his attention to weight saving (without compromising comfort or refinement). And it is built to absolute perfection.

So you've had an up close and personal with both cars? I have, I don't think there is a lot between them when it comes to attention to detail, on the plus side for the Veyron it's been built so that just about anyone can use it as a daily driver if you will, I very much doubt you could do that with a Zonda, if you read EVO magazine you will note the large amount of maintenance that the one they have requirers, the Veyron isn't a hanger queen.
 
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:09 pm

Am I the only one with the impression that the Veyron is simply the "sum of its parts"?

It's an incredible car in many regards but doesn't seem to have the soul that really legendary cars have (think McLaren F1, E30 M3, etc).

Of course I haven't evaluated one myself. This is simply the impression I get from media reviews and my own assesment of the car on paper.

Quoting Cpd (Thread starter):
It also seems to have shaved 150kg from the weight of the Veyron if the wild rumours are correct.

I haven't read anything to suggest that this new version is a lightweight/hardcore interpretation of the car (think Lambo SV).

If this isn't a "lightweight" version (and that the increased 1400hp can be managed with a 150kg weight reduction) it makes me wonder how much weight could have been shaved from the original version.

Quoting Cpd (Reply 39):
But Clarkson can not be trusted. He was practically praying to the lord for the Zonda F to be slower than the Veyron. It wasn't. I'm surprised he didn't burn its lap time (like he did the GT2, which conveniently did the "same" lap time as that Lamborghini).

I think much of this is simply Clarkson playing to his produced (and no doubt profitable) image.

My biggest wonder with Clarkson is figuring out what, apparently, is a strong distaste for BMWs. Even when Clarkson comes around to admitting that a given BMW is a good/excellent car, it always seems to come in a brief and sometimes reluctant statement at the end of a feature (this is apart from the expected banter between hosts). As examples, look at the C63/M3/RS4 test or his E60 M5 review.

Ultimately, it's of no consequence to me. I actually find that the best insight is gained when you have multiple people with known personalities comparing conclusions on a product.

Quoting Cpd (Reply 39):
After that 911 GT2 / Lamborghini stunt, I've given up on Top Gear. They aren't worth the film they are recorded on.

I think the key is to consider Top Gear as at least 70% entertainment. This isn't a fault necessarily as it allows someone like myself to enjoy the show along with my girlfriend.

I do have to give Top Gear credit in that (despite the priority given to entertainment value) the opinions are pretty consistent with those of "real" car guys - at least when they shine through. I just think that the priority is given to generating an entertaining story. The actual cars are a means to this end.
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RE: Bugatti Bleu Veyron Centenaire - 273mph, 1400hp?

Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:55 am



Quoting Flighty (Reply 29):
For $1m you can buy a new Cessna 400 (the former Columbia 400) which cruises at 235 knots. Plus you have enough money left over to actually run the aircraft for quite a long time.


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