The long-awaited Bugatti Veyron smashes the McLaren F1's top speed record
3 September 2005

It has been a long time coming, but Bugatti has finally revealed the production version of its awesome Veyron supercar as these first official pictures show.

And after a series of problems in development, the EB16.4 Veyron has silenced the critics by smashing the top speed record for road cars with a spectacular two-way average speed of 252.95mph at parent company Volkswagen’s Ehra Lessien test track in Germany.

Powered by a 987bhp, quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine, the Veyron finally betters the McLaren F1’s 240.10mph record set back in 1998. The million-euro supercar is unveiled this weekend at Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim, France.

The Veyron’s 922lb ft of torque is channelled through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to all four wheels, propelling the 1888kg Bugatti from rest to 62mph in an outrageous 2.5sec.

For further details see next week’s Autocar magazine (out Tuesday September 6) and to find out what the dramatic Veyron looks like in traditional Bugatti blue, go to’s spy shots page to see reader Chris Bateman’s superb photograph of a prototype testing in Death Valley, California.

Our Verdict

Bugatti Veyron
The world doesn't need a car like the Bugatti Veyron, but the fact it exists at all is reason for celebration

The Bugatti Veyron redefines what's possible in a road car, but does it justify its eye-watering price?

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