Enter the third evolution of the 16-4 Veyron. This design study is closely represents the eventual production version which is due out in 2003. Compared to the previously seen 16-4s, this car has many modifications which will be reflected in the 2003 model. Most of the mods are focused on aerodynmics and cooling, two essential ingredients for a 250+mph supercar.
Compared to last 16-4, the wheelbase has been extended 50 millimeters to 2700mm (106.3). The extra length is entirely used to increase cabin space.
Inside, a hi-fi system from Dieter Burmester was specially designed for perfect audio fidelity. The best possible component layout was agreed upon with Bugatti when the monocoque bodyshell was under development.
The aerodynamics have been heavily developed over the last few months. The front air inlet apertures have been optimized for engine & brake cooling. Additionally, body lift is kept under control at high speeds with an automatically extending rear spoiler, fully paneled undertray & a diffuser. Cooling ducts for the engine are located underneath the spoiler. After the engine is shut off, the spoiler lifts to help warm air escape the engine bay.
Not surprising, the 16-4 now adopts Michellin's PAX technology. This allows for continous tire pressure monitoring and run-flat properties.
The W16 alloy block engine is a true mark of innovation. Two exceptionally narrow V8 blocks are combined at an angle of 90 degrees. The W layout provides for a generous engine capacity from a compact unit. Continuously variable electro-hydraulic camshaft is operational at all times. This W16 mated to an all new seven speed gearbox. Gear shifts take place sequentionally at paddles behind the steering wheel. The patented double clutch transmission shifts from one gear to another within 200 milliseconds.
The Bugatti 16-4 will be one of the most extreme machines produced this decade. As with past Bugattis, the 16-4 offers heaps of innovation & class. Never before has a road going car contained a W16 engine nor a 7-Speed transmission. The 16-4 proves Bugatti is alive and ready to take our roads by storm.