Here’s what we love about the 2005 Bugatti Veyron

The Bugatti Veyron wasn’t just supposed to be a supercar. It was the French automaker’s attempt to make its own supercar. The million-dollar super sports car was launched in 2005, when supercars were still considered a long shot. It immediately silenced critics who thought such an idea was absurd. 15 years later, the million dollar Veyron 16.4 is still one of Bugatti’s enduring gems in the fast-car world.

Let’s look back at the Bugatti Veyron and what makes it so special.

A Brief Background on the Bugatti Veyron

It began as a manifesto project when Bugatti was acquired by Volkswagen AG in 1998. Volkswagen’s ambition to create concept cars extended to its new acquisition and envisioned the 16.4 Veyron. The plan was to bring the W18 engine back to life, but due to complications in production, VW decided to just use the W16 instead.

Despite this, it was still a 16-cylinder engine that was considered exotic in the early 2000s. That was enough to make the Bugatti Veyron such a powerful one. The name “Veron” was also inspired by speed. It is named after Pierre Veron, the company’s development engineer who raced for the company alongside Jean-Pierre Wimmel. The duo had won the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans while representing Bugatti.

Interestingly, the 2005 Bugatti Veyron was not rated as such. Instead, it was named Veyron EB 16.4.

“EB” stands for Bugatti’s founder, Ettore Bugatti, while “16.4” is a reference to its 16-cylinder, four-turbocharged engine.

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What we love about Veyron EB 16.4

It is clear that everyone who has ever wanted or already owned a Veyron is drawn to its engine. Bugatti has invested a fair amount of resources into its intricate engineering to make sure the 16.4 offers something uncommon even for exotic car enthusiasts.

While its Italian rivals Ferrari and Lamborghini are still ahead in terms of what has been under the hood, Bugatti has taken the riskier path of offering its engine as is and not under a pane of glass.

Rendering its engine this way meant that the Bugatti Veyron’s engine was able to handle the additional exposure to excess environmental factors. This engine bay design was moved as the Chiron Veyron succeeded.

The four-turbocharged Veyron’s W16 engine was a performing beast. It was an 8.0-liter engine capable of producing 987 horsepower and 922 pound-feet of torque. This brutal engine is still powerful by today’s standards. The numbers were actually increased significantly when the car came out in 2005. Its outstanding performance is what has kept the Veyron such a sought-after car to this day.

Even the other output numbers were making records. The Veyron can go from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. This makes it faster than the McLaren 765 LT. With big power, big consumption comes as well as the Veyron’s 253 mph top speed that will use up an entire 26.4 gallon tank in 19 minutes.

One of the crazy facts about the 16.4 is that it only has 12 radiators to cool the massive engine.

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How good is a 2005 Bugatti Veyron?

When Volkswagen began producing the Veyron in 2001, critics were too quick to hit such a move by calling it a “publicity stunt.” Four years later, the 1,000-horsepower Bugatti supercar came out.

The Bugatti Veyron has been as fast as the auto industry’s growth when it comes to new technology. In fact, it still keeps pace with today’s thousand-plus horsepower machines. It was not so easy to produce such a supercar back in the day as it is now. This is partly what puts Veyron ahead of its time.

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How much does it cost to own a Veyron?

The Bugatti Veyron doesn’t cost any cheaper even though it’s been around for over a decade. Add to that the massive maintenance costs and you’ll be saving a lot of money if you want to own one as a non-collector.

The wear and tear alone in a custom-built Michelin Pilots will cost you $38,000, which is recommended regardless of whether or not you drive often. Even its rims have to be replaced every 10,000 miles, and that costs $50,000.

And preventive maintenance costs aren’t the cheapest either. Veyron fluids must be changed annually for a total value of $25,000. Other maintenance costs are $9,000 for the air coolers, $6,400 per turbocharger, and about $11,000 in labor costs for these parts alone.

Bugatti was able to sell 450 Veyron models at $1.3 million each. While the current lineup calls for more, the Veyron is still not a little millionaire’s car. If you own one, chances are that you are a billionaire, since only those with more than eight figures in net worth would consider changing up the maintenance costs.

In addition, there is also the distinction of owning the world’s first supercar.

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