Bugatti EB 16/4 Veyron Study II
This latest study has side vents in the fender, intended to help cooling and possibly increase downforce.
It is now due for introduction in April of 2004, and until that time, we probably won't have exact figures for the final Veyron's horsepower and projected performance. Some reports indicate that the planned 1,001 horsepower will be somewhat lower, in the mid-900 range. At the same time, many feel that earlier projections of the car's performance, such as 2.9 seconds from 0-60 mph, may even prove conservative. There seems little doubt that in at least some performance benchmarks, the Veyron will far exceed any series production car ever made.
One of the goals of the Veyron was to create a super car that is closer to a grand tourer in its comforts and amenities, in contrast with such venerable contemporary exotics like the Ferrari Enzo and Porsche Carrera GT, which are more akin to race cars for the street. This is in keeping with the historical legacy of the Bugatti marque as a manufacturer of both sports and luxury cars. The different approaches taken by the Enzo, Carrera GT, and other extremely capable super cars like the Pagani Zonda and Koenigsegg will make for some very interesting comparisons in the days ahead.