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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 8.0 L W 16-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 7-speed Automated Manual
  • Horse Power 1001 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 8/14 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2009 Bugatti Veyron 16.4

  • Stupendous and ridiculous at the same time, the 2009 Bugatti Veyron sets the standard for supercars.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    It's the hardest accelerating production car on Earth, it can theoretically travel 253 miles in one hour, stylish cabin, highly customizable, getting to say you own a Bugatti Veyron.

  • Cons

    You could buy 15 or 20 amazing cars for the same price, lacks trunk space and rearward visibility, the insurance rate of a mega yacht.

  • What's New for 2009

    For 2009, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is introduced. It is essentially a Veyron with a removable roof panel. There are also a number of special-edition models available, two of which celebrate Bugatti's 100th anniversary. The Veyron's base price has also risen $200,000 to $1.7 million.

Full 2009 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Review

What's New for 2009

For 2009, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is introduced. It is essentially a Veyron with a removable roof panel. There are also a number of special-edition models available, two of which celebrate Bugatti's 100th anniversary. The Veyron's base price has also risen $200,000 to $1.7 million.


Typically, it is only those exceptionally rare and desirable classic cars that can boast a value upwards of a million dollars. And it takes many decades for the value to grow that much, so only a truly special car can leave the dealership costing $1.7 million with its odometer reading zero. The 2009 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is such a car: an engineering masterpiece that easily belongs in the car collection of any extremely wealthy automotive connoisseur.

Normal car terms barely apply to the Veyron. No fewer than 1,001 horses stampede forth from a one-of-a-kind 8.0-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers. Mid-mounted and feeding all four wheels, the Veyron's engine uses its amazing thrust to exceed the theoretical maximum speed of F1 cars. It's not quite as quick as Louis Hamilton's ride, mind you, but its 2.5-second 0-60 time beats anything else you could buy and drive legally on public roadways. And should you dare to venture out on a closed course for a maximum-speed jaunt of 253 mph, the Veyron has been meticulously engineered to aerodynamically glue itself to the ground. An automatically raising rear wing not only aids in that endeavor, but also cants upward when the brakes are applied to provide additional stopping power.

As if this monumental performance and sky-high-price aren't enough to assure exclusivity, the Bugatti Veyron can be customized to each customer's desire. Each body shell can be painted in two tones, with the front fenders and doors differing from the rest of the car. The interior can similarly be fashioned in two colors. Taste is no object, either, so feel free to bedeck your Veyron with the "Oakland A" (green and yellow), the "Joker" (purple and green) or the "Ronald McDonald" (red and yellow).

For 2009, that choice increases thanks to the new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport. After customers lamented the lack of a convertible version, Bugatti obliged, returning to the drawing board to structurally reinforce the windshield header and the roof air intakes to allow for an open top without sacrificing the Veyron's capabilities. Though it's really a targa-style body rather than a full roadster or convertible, the Grand Sport allows for a greater interaction between the driver and nature…as well as 1,001 angry horses.

There are also several special-edition Veyrons available for 2009, though they're probably already spoken for. The most notable are two different special edition models to celebrate Bugatti's 100th anniversary. The Veyron Bleu Centennaire is painted in two shades of Bugatti Blue, with a special Snow Beige interior featuring quilted seats and a leather-covered center console. The Veyron L'Edition Centennaire is available in four different colors with exposed polished aluminum bodywork that serves as an homage to one of the four great European racing nations of the 1920s (France is blue, Britain green, Germany gold, Italy red).

Obviously, with a car like the 2009 Bugatti Veyron 16.4, it's hard to dispense useful buying advice since no other production car is close in terms of price or performance. However, compared to similarly desirable conveyances, we'll point out that the Veyron has noticeably less interior space than an Azimut yacht and is much slower than a Gulfstream G650. On the flip side, it is almost as affordable as some California beachfront property and it's easier to rid yourself of irksome neighbors, too. So should you have the financial wherewithal to purchase a Veyron and especially if you own a road long enough to really enjoy it, why not take the $1.7 million plunge?

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 Bugatti Veyron is an exotic sports car available as the 16.4 coupe and Grand Sport roadster. The latter has a glass roof panel (that must be removed by hand) and an accessory soft top that can be stored in the car's trunk. Standard equipment includes 20-inch front wheels, 21-inch rear wheels, specially designed Michelin run-flat tires, carbon-ceramic brakes, a height-adjustable suspension and parking sensors. Interior features include full leather trim, heated seats, a choice of three types of sport seats, automatic climate control, a 400-watt CD sound system, iPod interface, Bluetooth, a back-up camera and a navigation system with a rearview mirror display. The Grand Sport includes a removable partial-glass roof panel and an accessory canvas roof panel.

Every Veyron can be equipped with a two-tone exterior and interior, while Bugatti is open to customizing your million-plus-dollar purchase in most any way you see fit. There are several special edition models for 2009, which mostly feature specific paint schemes.

Powertrains and Performance

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is propelled by a mid-mounted and quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine. Its 1,001 horsepower and 922 pound-feet of torque are delivered to all four wheels via a beefed-up seven-speed version of Audi/VW's excellent dual-clutch sequential gearbox (DSG). The transmission has two automatic modes -- normal and Sport -- and may also be shifted manually via paddles on the steering wheel.

Published reports consistently have the Veyron hitting 60 mph from rest in less than 3 seconds, and the car will attain extralegal velocities at a similarly dizzying rate. That 253-mph top speed must be enabled via a separate key, however; otherwise, the Veyron is limited to a mere 233 mph. A raising rear wing extends to two different heights to keep the car stable and to assist in braking.


There are no side or side curtain airbags in the 2009 Bugatti Veyron -- just the bare minimum front airbags, as mandated by the government. Stability control, traction control and antilock carbon-ceramic disc brakes are standard.

Interior Design and Special Features

As one might expect in a $1.7 million car, the Veyron's cabin is pretty fancy. The leather upholstery is opulent and omnipresent, and extensive aluminum trim adorns the center stack, steering wheel and other controls. The gauge cluster features a somewhat gimmicky "power gauge" that supposedly displays real-time horsepower production. The Veyron's bathtub-like high beltline, obtrusively thick A-pillars and low seating position don't bolster its credentials as a driver's car, but there's a lot of room in there, even for taller folks.

To keep the elements out of the Grand Sport model, its removable roof panel features a transparent glass center that when in place can still withstand the Veyron's maximum speed. That's not the case with the accessory canvas roof, which can only be used up to a recommended speed of 80 mph. But at least it can be stored in the front trunk, retracting like an umbrella, complete with a removable pole that aids in mounting it from inside.

Driving Impressions

The 2009 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is so fast that it needs an eponymous adjective. We're thinking "Veyronish," or perhaps "Veyronic." Trouble is, only the Veyron itself currently fits that description. In a straight line, the only things on Earth that accelerate faster are racecars, jets, rockets, bullets and Superman. None of those are lined in leather, though. Quite simply, the Veyron can go faster than is legally possible, so we'd suggest buying your own strip of deserted road and inviting us over sometime. We'll bring some guacamole.

If there were one thing to complain about -- and it is certainly an esoteric issue – it is a lack of emotional involvement. Designed to perfection, the Veyron doesn't quite generate the visceral appeal that otherwise might come from cars like the Ferrari 599 or Porsche 911 GT3 that take a more raw and hard-edged approach to performance. If you're looking to get around your personal racetrack, there are other cars that will technically do it more quickly than the Veyron.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Lovely automoblie

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Vehicle: 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4

I knew I had to have one once I first laid eyes on the vehicle. Unfortunately, ordering one from the factory involved a very long wait, so I purchased one from a fellow in the Middle East sight unseen. After many months of waiting, phone calls, and emails, the car was delivered to my East Coast home after 7 months. The car is absolutely gorgeous and is truly a work of art. But sadly I must admit that due to my height, my feet can't reach the pedals to operate it correctly. My two brothers have enjoyed it immensely as they are taller than myself. I just made the decision to sell it at auction with a no reserve price. Best of luck if you bid on it.


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Vehicle: 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4

Have a friend who purchased a Veyron and have driven it on at least 6 occasions. Beautiful car, however not practical.It will get you the attention that you want, but for this price you are better off buying a used lear jet which will get you further for less cost. The tires themselves cost $30,000 or $12/mile for wear and tear, and overall maintenance is approximately $25-30/mile.Pure joy to drive, however,yet the price makes it affordable only to the super wealthy who desire extreme attention or to the ultra serious car collector.

More than a car

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Vehicle: 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4

After pondering which car to buy once I had traded in my Ferrari f40 and Ferrari f50 I began researching to find the best possible super car. The Bugatti Veyron impressed me the most so I purchased it. It has an understated exterior which is stylish simplicity and the interior is made from the highest quality materials. The second you start the engine, you know that there is enormous power under the hood. It accelerates like nothing I have ever driven and it easily beats my Ferrari Enzo for speed. The acceleration is very linear and smooth.

Finest piece of automotive engineering

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Vehicle: 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4

The Bugatti Veyron is the absolute best automobile the world has ever known. Aside from being the fastest most powerful car on the planet, it also more than succeeds as a fantastic daily driver. As soon as you step into the car you are surrounded by the finest materials and behind you sits an 8.0L W16 with four turbochargers. This drastic engine pumps out an unreal 1001 bhp and 922 ft lbs. of torque. It's an absolute marvel. The incredible thing about the car is not the massive performance... its the fact that you can outrun anything on public roads while on the way to pick your son up from school as I may do. The Veyron deserves the number one spot in any automotive hall of fame. Brilliant.

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Excellent car, with some qualifications.

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Vehicle: 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4

I purchased this car after an unfortunate mishap with my beloved Ferrari that involved a miniature Dachshund and high winds...but that's another story. I am indeed fond of this car and rather enjoy the looks it gets when parked. It is nearly as comfortable and useful as my beloved 1973 Chevrolet Blazer, but lacks the offroad capability of The Beast, as we called it.

This car rocks!!!

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Vehicle: 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4

I purchased my Bugatti 3 weeks ago, and at first I was a little leery to pay that much for a car, But what a car it is!! When I first sat in it the seats wrapped around me as if they were molded to my body. And as I started it up you would have thought that I had lit the afterburners on a jet fighter. The 16 cyl. engine is loaded with all kinds of power. when you touch the gas it GOES (not to mention when the turbo kicks in!!). This car stands alone in a class by itself, way above the Lamborghini Diablo that I had purchased 5 months earlier. All in all this car is a dream!

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