• Jan 17, 2010

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

There are frightening bills, horrific bills, and Bugatti Veyron bills. The legendarily expensive to buy, it seems that the Veyron is equally expensive to keep running, with some pegging yearly running costs at $300,000. It's so expensive, in fact, that Autocar says there's an owner who trailers his car to a particular driving route, then follows behind in a private jet.

Let's just take the tires, for example: in the U.S., the Michelin Pilot Sport 2s fashioned with the Veyron's unique compound cost about $30,000; in the UK they're £23,500 ($38,216 U.S.). Bugatti recommends you change them every 4,000 kilometers, or 2,500 miles, and at every ten thousand miles the company recommends changing the wheels and tires, which runs north of $50,000.

In between those wheel changes will be things like routine maintenance, with a major annual service setting you back about $20,000. None of this is particularly unexpected so long as you remember the Veyron is more a roadgoing Space Shuttle than a car. And we won't even begin to talk about how expensive pelican insurance has become...



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[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are people defending this? This is THE DUMBEST thing I have read in a long time. You have to replace the rims to keep the tolerences tight? Tell me, invisiblepigeon3, what is wearing on the rim? This is expense for expense sake. How many Veyron drivers are taking their cars to 253MPH? Ever? Less than 1% and the other 99% of Veyrons are unlikely to see over 100MPH. I guess they over engineered everything except the wheels. I completely appreciate what went into this car and the massive achievement it is but to say you a $50,000+ wheel and tire package regular maintaince is acceptable is ridiculous. Call me jealous or whatever your small mind can come up with but you know it is stupid and so does everyone else. Take your Veyron goggles off and see what insanity this is.

      Also, comparing it to a Formula 1 car, in terms of running costs and ease of use, is just about the most idiotic thing I have ever read on here. When has Ferrari, McLaren, BMW or any other F1 team ever said their cars are easy to use? It is a RACECAR developed to do one thing and one thing only: get around a circuit as fast as possible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's far from a race car. Race cars are light and stripped down. And if I'm not mistaken it's not terribly quick on a circuit. Do you see people reporting Veyron figures at the Nurburgring?

        The car is a GT, not a sports car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here is the depreciation list for you folks: http://autos.aol.com/used-list/make1-Bugatti/model1-Veyron
      It clearly says that you LOSE a lot of money within just a year of owning it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Veyron = Ugly Trailer Queen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't blame the car, blame the owners. The car is fully capable, they're just owned by people who aren't fully capable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      fantastic vehicle only in game
      • 4 Years Ago
      stooooooooooooooooooooooooooooopid...

      Some folks got more money than sense...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this all under the assumption you're taking it to the Ehra-Lessien track and running it to full speed? Or even if you're grabbing milk from the grocery store.

      If I had a Veyron, I'd still be buying my own milk. Just saying.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        Being from Florida, and not having that store, saying the word Kroger is even funnier than seeing a Ferrari being used absurdly... Kroger... Does Frogger shop there? WTF LOL
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL... Kroger... Piggly Wiggly(do they have those anymore?)

        I just go to Whole Foods anyway
        • 4 Years Ago
        When I was in high school this girl I knew, her mom would take their Ferrari F40 to Kroger to go grocery shopping. lol
        Funniest thing ever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        http://www.pigglywiggly.com/stores/FL

        Plenty of them in Florida. Miss Daisy would be disappointed in you for not shopping there. I imagine it is a low grade grocery, much like Kroger is around here, which is why I do not shop there whenever I can avoid it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do the wheels wear out?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because of the pelicans...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3

        Your theory is good. But personaly I think since VAG sells every Veyron at loss, they have to make up for this somehow, so... Let´s make stratosphericly high manteinance bills!

        Of course, I kid... I know the roadgoing Concorde have equilvalently high maintenance bills. And since a buggatti owner isn´t exacly poor and probably doesen´t use them as everyday cars (helicopters and limos do this job for them), it´s nothing so strange about it.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not that they wear out, it's that the tolerances for the car are so tight that it's safer to just change out the wheels at the same time. That way the tires are indexed to the wheel, and balancing it doesn't create any issues if there's slight deformities. They're forged wheels, so it's very unlikely that they'd "wear out" at all. It's just a proactively safe maintenence technique... like you'll find on jets and the Space Shuttle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The wheels "wear out" because the Bugatti's warranty contains the following footnote; "A fool and his money are soon parted."
        • 4 Years Ago
        because of rust caused by applying pelicans repellent to the wheels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I figured PAX too, where it's often simpler to just swap the whole wheel. But on this you replace the tires every 2500 but the rims only every 10K. That means you are taking tires on and off the rims, so doesn't there have to be another reason for the rim replacement?
        • 4 Years Ago
        In the case of the car pictured, I think it's because after 10K miles you realize you can't put up with those ugly wheels anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's wild, the first road car I heard of that you have to change the rims. The tires I think were made special for this car too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, it is a total design study, like probably the F40 was. But is the Jet for the land. Just remember what they said on Top Gear about this car, There will probably be another car to this level.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think most have missed the point of this vehicle. It was nothing more than an experiment to prove it could be done. There is no other class of car to compare it too, it stands alone. You could compare it to a jet, but in doing so you would have to compare it to something like an SR-71 or an F-111, maybe a space shuttle. Because it is a best of breed, just like one of those. It's not really in competition with a Lambo, Saleen or a Koenigsegg, or any other super car. It has creature comforts, a serious growl and can almost out run balistic missles. You can't take it on road trips unless you have a fuel truck following behind you (but you would have to wait for it to catch up with you). And it probably takes too much concentration to be fun on a long trip, not too mention how hard it would be to keep your foot off the floor everytime some super car (or any car really) tried to pass you.
        No, this car is a work of art. As such, just like a work of art, it is going to cost you, both in purchase price and insurance. True, it will not go up in value like (you hope) a painting and it will cost you more money every time you take it out. But that is part of ownership. If you think it is ugly, I can appreciate that. But if you think is stupid, well.... you missed the point and just don't get it.
        If I could afford one (that is an if that will never come to pass), I would have one. And I would buy the new tires, rims, tune ups and gas. I would change the fluid in its many radiators and oil coolers, as well as all of the filters. And I wouldn't care, IF I could afford it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but unless you're a do-nothing spoiled brat with a gazillion-buck inheritance, this kind of expense matters to you. Any self-made millionaire knows the value of things, that's how they got there. They pay $1M for a Picasso because they know the security of the investment and the fact that it'll only gain value. A Veyron, on the other hand, is unlikely to do that until at least 30 years from now, by which time he/she'll be perhaps too old to enjoy it (a 60´s Ferrari GTO right now is another story).
      The numbers given are extremes, that much is obvious: The wheel change is only to make triple-sure that there is no instability at 400kph (250mph), but knowing that, no sane owner would change them so often, since they'll get to 200mph, if they're lucky, for a few seconds, on the autobahn or a closed-off track with a massive straight.That speed gives plenty of safety margin to prevent anything from going wrong.
      Then again, any good modified car can keep up at that speed (200mph), be it Brabus, Ruf, Hennessey or Saleen, and those guys don't have to fork out these ridiculous amounts (they're not cheap either).
      What's also obvious is that if you're planning sustained high speeds, you need to make sure that everything, from pressures (on nitrogen, of course), wheels (an x-ray), fluids and so on are perfect, or else.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        There is no car to compare the Veyron to... Perhaps you should watch this and listen to what he says at the end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmYJlZvaKfc
        • 4 Years Ago
        not every billionaire wants to die rich , some of them actually enjoy their wealth and buy what the hell they want. let the poor rich people have their fun. besides , this car and all it's maintenance is way cheaper than a billionaire's wife. look at Tiger ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, I don't have a problem with indulging, quite the contrary, but I do believe that any millionaire entrepreneur will not be happy to be charged three times as much than his Enzo for essentially the same service.
        It's like paying three times as much at one restaurant vs one of -essentially- the same category or thrice for a first-class air ticket, same destination but with different airlines. We're not comparing the products here, but the (maintenance) service.
        Now, if only partners/wives were this easy to compare...(just kidding!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even F1 reuse there wheels. They subject them the non destructive testing between uses. What tolerances is a forged wheel going to fall out of short of hitting a pothole? At $30k for a tire change, I don't think people are buying the tires at Tire Rack and having the local garage fit them so it can't be the mounting. I doubt that corrosion is a problem either.

      Even Carrol Shelby would think that this is outrageous and he sells $18k mustang hoods.
      Don Wheezer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have an idea. Part one=One of you owners sell your Bugatti saving $110-300 k.Part two- send me the money you save the first year of not having the Bugatti Burden and I will pay off our home and have my wifes much needed knees replaced. Thanks and have a good day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Change the wheels every 10K miles? I guess that's what you get when you buy a VW. How long until the electrical system fails?
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