If you like looking at 16-cylinder engines being assembled, and who doesn’t, then you’ll love Bugatti’s new video showing the final W-16 powerplant being assembled for its last Bugatti Veyron.
The supercar’s 10-year production run recently came to an end and Bugatti showed off the final one at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show (it’s already been spoken for by the way.)
Small teams hand-assemble the Bugatti engine, and that’s just what you’ll see them doing at the assembly plant in France in the video. It shows the assembly team mounting the 16-cylinder engine to the chassis and finishing the exterior and interior.
Officially known as the 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse “La Finale”, the last supercar with Chassis No. 450 was already purchased by a collector.
“When the Bugatti Veyron was first announced at the end of the nineties, many people were skeptical that the basic parameters could ever work,” the company notes. “With more than 1,000 horsepower, a top speed in excess of 248 mph, acceleration from zero-to-62 mph in less than three seconds, the doubters thought it simply impossible to produce a super sports car with this level of performance while remaining controllable and drivable.”
Bugatti says the development of the Veyron represented one of the greatest technical and engineering challenges ever overcome in the automotive history. At the time, Bugatti developers were faced with four key specifications: the car had to transfer more than 1,000 PS onto the road, achieve a top speed in excess of 400 km/h, accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds and – the biggest challenge of all – still be suitable for ‘driving to the opera’ in comfort and style.
Bugatti, meanwhile, isn’t shedding any tears, it’s moving on. The company is already working on its next chapter that’s expected to be called the Chiron (pronounced Shir-on).
“With the next Bugatti model, we are aiming to consolidate and expand the market-leading position we have established with the Veyron,”says Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. explains. “Our challenge is to make the best even better.”
The Veyron’s replacement will reportedly be lighter and more powerful, possibly providing as much as 1,500 horsepower. Automobile also reports the car’s unconfirmed top speed is 288 mph, which makes it some 18 mph faster than the Veyron Super Sport. While it will be derived from the existing carbon-fiber platform, the Chiron will have less than 10-percent of carryover components. The main one will be an updated W-16, quad-turbocharged engine.
The price tag for the new Chiron is expected to fall just under $2.5 million.