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Veyron, I am Your Father: Bugatti EB 18/4 Concept to be Displayed in Paris

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/5/2014 Jason Udy

For the first time since its 1999 Tokyo Motor Show debut, the original Bugatti EB 18/4 concept will be on display at the 2014 Rétromobile show in Paris. The Bugatti EB 18/4 concept was the design study that eventually led to the production of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 in 2005. While the EB 18/4 concept was the inspiration for the Veyron 16.4, the concept was inspired by the marque’s motorsport heritage and Pierre Veyron, who raced for the brand in the 1930s and secured a victory for Bugatti in the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans.

1999 Bugatti 18 4 Veyron Concept Front© Provided by MotorTrend 1999 Bugatti 18 4 Veyron Concept Front

As you can see from the concept, Bugatti didn’t make too many exterior changes when it greenlit the car for production in model-year 2005. The production Veyron 16.4 is powered by a mid-mounted 1001-hp quad-turbo 8.0-liter W-16 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which routes power to all four wheels. Bugatti followed up the original Veyron with the 1200-hp Veyron 16.4 Super Sports with a top speed of 267.856 mph. With production limited to 300 units, the Veyron and Veyron Super Sports coupes have been sold out since 2011.

While the coupes have been spoken for, Bugatti’s current lineup includes the 1001-hp Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport and 1200-hp Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse roadsters. With a top speed of 254.04-mph, the Grand Sport Vitesse currently holds the title of the fastest roadster. Production of the roadsters is limited to 150 units. The automaker says only about 40 vehicles haven’t been spoken for.

The original Bugatti EB 18/4 concept will be on display at the 2014 Rétromobile from February 5 through 9 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition site.

Source: Bugatti


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