In 1998, the Volkswagen Group 's design and naming rights. Since then, exists as Bugatti Bugatti Automobiles SAS Previously, there was the Bugatti Automobili SpA in Italy, founded in 1987 by Romano Artioli. The original operating Bugatti Ettore Bugatti had founded in 1909, which was dissolved in 1963.
Volkswagen AG purchased the rights in 1998 to build cars under the brand Bugatti. It commissioned Italdesign to build the Bugatti EB 118 concept, a touring car with 414 kW ( 555 hp ) engine and the first 18 -cylinder engine as the car drive. The performance was at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris.
1999, the study Bugatti EB 218 was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show; in the same year at the IAA in Frankfurt am Main, the Bugatti 18.3 Chiron was presented. At the Tokyo Motor Show was finally shown the Bugatti Veyron EB 18.4. All of these models had 18- cylinder engines.
In 2000, the Volkswagen Bugatti Automobiles SAS and led to the auto showroom in Paris, Geneva and Detroit the EB-16/4-Veyron-Konzept one, an all-wheel drive 16- cylinder car with a power of 1001 hp ( 736 kW) from a 8.0 liter engine with four turbochargers with a targeted top speed of 407 km / h At that time, the Veyron is the most powerful and fastest supercar ever built. During acceleration tests, he reached after 2.5 s, a speed of 100 km / h within 7.3 s 200 km / h and 16.8 s 300 km / h
The development took initially to 2001 and the EB 16/4 Veyron was occupied in advertising with an "advanced concept" status. The end of 2001 announced Bugatti Automobiles SAS that the car is now officially called the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 will. First, the start of production in 2003 was provided. Financial and in particular technical difficulties with the manual transmission and the unusual, extreme requirements, with speeds over 300 km / h, however, led to several delays and changing the project manager. Finally, the production began in September 2005. Unofficial measurements In the Veyron exceeded its intended speed by 1 km / h
The annual production was increased to 70 units because of the long waiting times (the total production remained at 300 ).
2010 outperformed the S version the "normal" Veyron with 1200 hp and 431 km / h