When the Bugatti EB 18/4 Veyron concept made its debut at the Tokyo auto show in 1999, it marked the beginning of an era which would see the French sports car brand atop the performance automotive heap. The Bugatti EB 18/4 Veyron concept was the starting point for the Bugatti’s world-record-setting Bugatti Veyron 16.4, and the design study will now be displayed publically for the first time since its original reveal.
The eighteen-cylinder Bugatti EB 18/4 Veyron concept, scheduled for display this summer at the 2014 Salon Rétromobile in Paris, was created as an homage to Pierre Veyron, who was a decorated driver for Bugatti during the 1930s. Bugatti’s shocking design was nearly as dramatic as the car’s reported performance capability, an unbelievable 252 mph top speed that Bugatti announced in 2001. The 1001-hp, quad-turbo, W-16 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 took the world by storm when it first made delivery to customers in late 2005, complete with its staggering $1.3 million sticker price. Only around fifty units were scheduled for delivery per year, and production of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 and even-battier 1200-hp Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, unveiled in 2010, totaled just 300 units—now completely sold out. The Veyron 16.4 Super Sport had a 258 mph top speed and a dizzying 2.5-second 0-62mph sprint.
Bugatti claims that around forty Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Vitesse roadsters are still available, which would ostensibly be the final new Veyron models available in the world. For those of you wondering why Bugatti picked now of all times to show its original Veyron concept, it probably is not in order to give the Veyron a swan song as it warp-speeds off into the sunset. News recently broke that Bugatti has canceled its planned Galibier luxury sport sedan in favor of a Veyron successor, which could be the rumored 1600-hp “SuperVeyron” powered by either a retuned 8.0- or 9.6-liter W-16 engine. Sources estimate that the ultra-performance Bugatti could reach 60 mph from a dead stop in 1.8 seconds on its way to a 288-mph top speed. Yikes.
It’s been nearly 15 years since the Bugatti EB 18/4 Veyron took the stage in Tokyo in 1999, and it's high time for some big news out of Molsheim, France. The exhibit in Paris will also feature a display detailing the original configurations of the 300 Veyron coupes, which could provide the context for a major reveal. Check back for more updates about Bugatti and the Salon Rétromobile as more information becomes available.