Bugatti collaborates with Bernar Vernet for an artsy Veyron Grand Sport

We are not suckers for two-tone color finishes or themed paint job but what can you do if you have an artsy Bugatti in front of you? The French super car manufacturer puts you in this situation as it unwrapped a convertible Veyron Grand Sport that was designed by renowned artist Bernar Venet.

Bugatti-Veyron-Grand-Sport-VenetThe sculptor paid tribute to all the science that makes the production of the Bugatti Veyron possible. He applied a film that showcases the mathematical formula that was used by the makers of the supercar to generate its 1,200 PS. Both the exterior and interior of the partially open-top car spotlights the math formula.

The edition of the Veyron created by Venet has a two-tone theme that stretches to the cabin and the wheels.

According to the French artists, the Bugatti Veyron is an artwork itself that brings the driver and the one seeing it pass by into another dimension. He attempts to transform all the science treatises and mathematical computations that were used to produce the car into a three-dimensional object.

He still followed his philosophy of creating works of art that are self-referential. Working with the Veyron was new challenge when looking at its implementation and the collaboration, shared the artist.

The artsy Grand Sport will grace the Art Basel Miami Beach running until December 9.

Buick Verano gets 5-Star rating for safety from the NHTSA

The compact premium sedan from Buick, the Verano, gets an overall rating of 5 stars for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A few months back, the Buick Verano garnered the Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2013-buick-verano-crashThe brand certainly can be proud about the safety ratings of its vehicles and the consumer can be assured that they are protected in case of road mishaps.

The NHTSA subjected the Buick Verano to their new program of car safety assessment. The score is based on frontal collision and side impact tests plus the evaluation for potential rollover accidents. Combine all the scores from these tests and you get the “Overall Vehicle Score”

The Verano is equipped with 10 airbags and the OnStar. This setup is unmatched by any market competitor. In case of a rollover, the computer system of the vehicle will deploy curtain airbags to protect the heads of the occupants that are left inflated for a certain period to give additional protection.

The Verano’s body architecture is also made from very strong steel that forms a safety cage for all occupants. The car is also equipped with disc brakes on all corners, ABS, StabiliTrak system, and brake override. The pedals of the vehicle are also collapsible to avoid potential leg injuries.

The 2013 Verano also comes with camera to aid rear vision. It displays the view from its rear bumper when the driver shits to reverse. Other safety technologies include Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert. The two technologies also make use of radar sensors that aids drivers avoid crashes when backing or changing lanes.

Bugatti Videos: The Grand Sport Vitesse on the road and at the Paris Auto Show

Bugatti recently released a video showcasing the prowess and the beauty of the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse that debuted back in Geneva last March. This Veyron is a combo of the Super Sport and the Grand Sport as it gets the performance of the former and the looks of the latter.

While the Grand Sport gives out a monstrous 987 horses and a torque of 922 lb-ft, the Vitesse humbles it with an output of 1184 horses and a torque of 1106 lb-ft. In order to draw out the additional power, the engineers at Bugatti installed four more enlarged turbos and intercooler into the sixteen-cylinder engine of the Vitesse. The chassis was also tweaked to make sure it can handle the additional output.

With all these modifications, the Grand Sport Vitesse can blast from 0 to 62 mph in a matter of 2.6 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 254.76 miles per hour or that’s a jaw dropping 410 kilometers an hour.

Here’s that promo video to show all its amazing characteristics:

During the auto show in Paris recently, the McLaren P1 might have stolent the spotlight from the Bugatti Veyron. To be fair to McLaren, the Bugatti booth was pretty empty except for that Grand Sport Vitesse donning a white and blue livery. But still, it is a Veyron. A 1.8 million euros worth of engineering artistry! Now, who does not want to lay his eyes on that.

Below is a short clip from the Bugatti stand in Paris. The brand unveiled this special edition Veyron in a livery inspired by the Type 37A that rolled out back in 1928.

Progress of Bugatti on the Galibier continues to be slow

2009-bugatti-galibier-16c-conceptThe Bugatti Galibier is the ultra luxury sedan concept that first took spotlight when it was unwrapped in 2009. The initial response of consumers is underwhelming and there were critics that say that the vehicle is not special enough.

The car manufacturer took the feedback seriously and opted for a redesign of the Galibier. Then comes the new management for Bugatti, with Wolfgang Duerheimer insisting on more engineering and design revisions. This puts the car’s debut on indefinite hold despite a bigger potential for sales compared to the Veyron.

This year, the Bugatti has another man on the helm. Duerheimer heads to the research and development of Audi. Wolfgang Schreiber seats on the head of the conference table, and like the previous topman of Bugatti, he too wants more changes to the Galibier.

If you can consider the change in leadership as a good news, its because Schreiber is the man brought to act when Veyron had a problematic transmission that delayed its release. So clearly, the man has a good track record of bringing launches back to life and getting things done.

It is rumored that the Galibier will be launched before the hybrid version of the Veyron. We cannot deny though that one thing is for sure when the Bugatti Galibier finally rolls out–It will be fast, really fast. Oh plus it will be very luxurious and really, really expensive.

Bugatti releases more pics and details about the fastest roadster ever– The Veyron Vitesse

Bugatti-Veyron_Grand_Sport_Vitesse_2012Bugatti knows what they are talking about and we know the Vitesse will not only walk the talk, it will zoom past you and disappear before you can even take a picture of it. The 1,200 horsepower Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse was officially unwrapped at the auto show in Geneva recently and the supercar maker just released the full details about the car.

The Vitesse has a monstrous W16 engine with a capacity of 7.9L. This gives out a whopping 1,200 horsepower at 6,400 rpm while the torque goes for 1,500 Nm. This supercar gets from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds. The Vitesse has a top speed of 410 km/h and this makes the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse the fastest roadster of all time. Special precautions were taken when the top speed was tested on a close track. During normal handling, the Vitesse is limited electronically to 375 kilometers an hour.

The increase of 199 hp compared to the Grand Sport was achieved using a 4 bigger turbochargers and new intercoolers. The drivetrain of this Bugatti was reinforced to make sure that it can handle the intense forces when speeding up. The 7-speed gearbox with dual clutch was also modified to adapt to the new setup. The Vitesse also has modified air ducting. Bugatti even managed to improved the fuel consumption of the vehicle due to the decreased pressure on the back of the car even with increased engine output.

The chassis of the Grand Sport Vitesse was reconfigured to make sure it can take the power of the car masterfully and safely. The control of the supercar has been balanced and improved with the faster response from the dampers which were adapted from racing specs.

The Vitesse also sports a new spoiler on its roof which dramatically decreases the wind noise and the buffering inside. There is also a windbreak which can be tucked in the compartment when not needed. It also adapted a lot of the aerodynamic features of the Super Sport.

The interior of the vehicle now makes use of carbon fiber materials like the extension of the center console, cover of the belt outlet, and the door inserts, décor elements and a lot more.

The price tag is of course jaw dropping too at 1.79 million euros.

Buzz: Bugatti sets debut of Grand Super Sport in Geneva

Bugatti-Veyron_Grand_SportWhat will come out when you add the speed monster Bugatti Veyron Super Sport to the classy Veyron Grand Sport? There will be the speed factor there will be the open top cool driving factor. There will be the Veyron Grand Super Sport!

There is a wild buzz going around the autoworld that such ultimate driving machine is already in the works in the Bugatti garage and will most likely be uncovered during the auto show in Geneva this March.

According to some reports, the company has taken initial orders for the vehicle and some Bugatti lovers in the US have expressed their intentions to have the Veyron Grand Super Sport in their collections.

Nothing much is really known about the new creation of Bugatti. Everyone is not even sure if it will be called the Grand Super Sport. During a recent interview with Bugatti topman Wolfgang Durheimer, he said that the W-16 engine with 1,200 horsepower of the Veyron Super Sport may not be compatible to the body architecture of the Grand Sport but the company is not dismissing that a more powerful open-top Bugatti supercar will be produced.

Spy shots going around the internet shows the car in development with a body of a Super Sport but the Veyron has additional cooling ducts on the roof.

If ever the Grand SuperSport will come to life soon, we can expect performance figures to go from a minimum 1,001 hp just like the regular Bugatti Veyron to around 1,200 hp of the Super Sport. Dimensions might come close if not the same. And the tag price might go beyond $1.7 million, making it the most expensive ride in the planet.

We will fill you in with the updates. Bugatti will surely have something for us prior to the official launch in Geneva.

Redesign of Bugatti Galibier pushes back launch to 2015

Luxury car lovers who are eagerly awaiting for the release of the Bugatti Galibier might have to stretch their patience some more as confirmed reports say that the new Bugattie masterpiece will not be rolled out until 2015 as redesign works on the Galibier are being made.

Designers and engineers of the exotic car maker return to the drawing board to improve the design of the Bugatti Galibier.

A lot of people are disappointed with the delay, a common scenario as Bugatti also took years before finally releasing the Veyron. The redesign though is necessary to make the ride more stylish and make it more comfortable.  There are also reports that it might get an upgraded engine which has an ouput of around 986 horsepower.

Earlier reports said that the Galibier is already on the second phase of design and it will significantly look look different from the concept that we have seen before.

The changes that are being made to the design was triggered after conducting consults with customers . Most of the customers who participated in the clinic were Veyron owners who gave their inputs for the improvement of the Bugatti Galibier.

The Galibier draws inspiration from the Veyron but also shows hints of the Atlantic coupe with a long spine running along the roof down to its rear deck.

Car lovers might be wondering though what Bugatti has in mind especially when the production run of  the Veyron standard is completed and only versions like the Super Sport and Grand Sport are still on production.

Bugatti Galibier gets green light for production

Bugatti topman Wolfgang Durheimer, during a recent interview, shared some interesting details about the 2013 Bugatti Galibier.

The 2013 Galibier is set to roll out before the end of 2012 and it has been crafted to be the leader in the luxury car market. It boasts of a 1-cylinder powerplant that can produce 789 horsepower to aroudn 986 hp. The Galibier is also considered as more practical compared to the Bugatti Veyron so Durheimer sees the luxury car brand to roll out 1,000 to about 1,500 units.

The tag price for this super ride has not been set yet but the president of Bugatti hints that to be behind the wheels of a Bugatti Galibier, you need to be ready to take out around $1,440, 00 from your bank account.

Durheimer sees the Galibier to the be the top benchmark of all the other four door sedans in the market and he promises that Bugtatti will continue to work on technologies and other engineering possibilities. He hints that there could be a hybrid Galibier which can go around 40 kilometers on its electric motor alone.

The Galibier was unveiled as the 16C Galibier concept car during this year’s Geneva Motor Show. It was first shown to a small group of Bugatti owners last September but this concept has a 5-door configuration just like the Rapide of Aston Martin and Porsche Panamera.

We will update you as soon as we get more information about the Bugatti Galibier.

Next-generation Bugatti Veyron will debut in 2013

Okay, so the Volkswagen Group still thinks highly of the next Bugatti Veyron. Car experts have also speculated that the next-generation Veyron will have a top speed of 270mph or 434.52 km/h, beating the current record speed set by the Veyron Super Sport.


However, it is assumed that the next-generation Veyron will veer away from its predecessor and will lean more on the look and feel of Walter de Silva’s original art for the Bugatti model that goes back to the year 1999. Unfortunately, the original artwork was never publicized as another Veyron artwork concept that was made by Hartmut Warkuss made its way to the Tokyo Motor Show in 1999, leaving the original one unseen. Today, another design rendered by John Mark Vicente, a Canadian, has been aptly dubbed as the Bugatti Renaissance. This one is said to be posed to be Veyron’s successor.

The next-generation Veyron would still be carrying the same 8.0-liter W16 engine that is packed with four turbo charges. This powerful is attached to a 7-speed gearbox with a dual-clutch functionality. As for its performance, the speculations hover to the rates similar to that of the Super Sport version with 1,500 Nm of torque and 1,200 bhp. The next-generation Veyron is assumed to clock in at 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds, just a little higher than the figures clocked in by Super Sport.

As for the price tag of the next-generation Veyron, specialist are assuming somewhere over the £1 million range. This new model will roll out in 2013 and will be available to the market in 2014.

Go for the Gold: Bugatti Veyron Linea Vincero d’Oro

If you’re a fan of bling-blings, then you’d definitely love this car.  Mansory, a German tuning company gave the Bugatti Veyron a golden treatment.  And just because this car has an unbelievable exterior, let us discuss that first:  its entire body is covered with a carbon fiber body with gold trimmings in the caps of its rear view mirrors, door handles, fuel tank cap, daytime LEDs, and some features on its roof.  There’s also the distinct front grille with gold accents, side skirts, and pimped fenders.  The guys at Mansory also included bigger outlets for air at the sides and at its rear and of course, let’s not forget the smashing golden alloy wheels!  A stylized letter “V” in is placed in the front of Veyron as a tribute to the name Vincero.  Very nice!


If that’s not enough to blind you, the interior will surely finish the job.  The Veyron’s cabin looks like it belongs in the festival in Rio de Jainero:  there’s the golden leather and the gold accent on several interior parts made of carbon fiber.  Cool, huh?

And of course, this mean looking Bugatti calls for a mean machine under its hood:  the Bugatti Veyron Linea Vincero d’Oro comes with a turbocharged 16-cylinder 8.0 liter engine.  It has an astounding 1,109 horsepower and 967 pound-feet of torque.  The mean engine is fitted with a revamped cold air induction system and exhaust to maximize the engine’s performance.  Well, how’s that for bling, right?  Maybe they will add Swarovksi crystals in their next Bugatti.