2002 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Preproduction review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 24 January 2007 , 11:01:09 byAlina

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Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Preproduction

A true mark of innovation, the 2002 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Preproduction, features some modifications as compared to the previous model, beginning with an extra length which increases the cabin space and a wheelbase which was extended 50 mm to 2700 mm. The engineers also developed the aerodynamics by optimizing front air inlet apertures, while the automatically extending rear spoiler keeps body lift under control. When the engine is shut off, the spoiler lifts to help warm air escape the engine bay and continously variable electro-hydraulic camshaft is operational at all times. The paddles behind the steering wheel make the gear shifts take place sequentionally. Offering high class and refinement, the Bugatti 16-4 is undoubtedly one of the most extreme machines produced this decade.

This new version has many modifications compared with the previously one. Two essential ingredients for 250+mph supercar are cooling and aerodynamics.

The wheelbase been extended 50 millimeters to 2700mm (106.3) and the extra length is entirely used to increase cabin space.

Dieter Burmester designed a special hi-fi system in order to have a perfect audio fidelity.

Over the last few months the aerodynamics have been heavily developed . 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 continuous 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.