The growl of the engine. The adrenaline in your veins. The lurch forward, swooping around corners and storming down the track at electrifying speeds. Driving a Bugatti is an unparalleled experience.
Fast and formidable, these record-breaking hypercars seem to defy traditional engineering limits and won’t slow down for anything as uncool as the laws of physics. They’re the play things of the super-rich, complete with million-dollar price tags, handcrafted bodies and a sleekness that’s in a class of its own.
Bugatti is known for following its own rules of the road, repeatedly making and breaking sky-high standards for technical ability and attention to detail. Getting behind the wheel of one of these beasts is a fantasy for many but one that only the one percent can achieve.
The Bugatti brand is famed for releasing cars that would be better described as works of art than standard vehicles. Take a look through Bugatti’s innovative engineering prowess at its most impressive models to date.
Bugatti Price List 2020: Models, Reviews And Specifications
|1||Bugatti Veyron||$1.9 Million|
|2||Bugatti Chiron||$2.9 Million|
|3||Bugatti Divo||$5.4 Million|
|4||Bugatti Centodieci||$8.6 Million|
|5||Bugatti La Voiture Noire||$12 Million|
We explain, after the list, why exactly are Bugatti cars so expensive. We also walk you through the origins of the brand if you’re curious to learn more about the history behind this ultra-luxurious sports car.
1. Bugatti Veyron: $1.9 Million
How many cars can claim the need for an airport runway in order to achieve top speeds? The Bugatti Veyron, first released in 2006, does just that: it’s impossible to drive this supercar at high speeds down standard roads, because, quite simply, you’ll run out of road too quickly. This is a car that takes no prisoners, launching off at the mere touch of a pedal. The Veyron has a 415kp/h (258mph) top speed and a 1,001 horsepower engine, initially making it the world’s fastest production car before its successors were released. It’s a truly exotic car, meticulously crafted with a full range of impressive technology.
Spy the Veyron’s unmissable confidence as soon as you’re behind the wheel: putting your foot down is akin to tackling the biggest loop on the rollercoaster – terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. It combines a harmonious balance between lift and downforce to accelerate from 0-100kp/h in a breathtaking 2.6 seconds. Because of its ridiculous speeds, many systems and parts had to be developed from scratch to properly serve the Veyron. It also features one of the fastest gearboxes in the world, a powerful braking system and aerodynamics specifically built for top speeds.
Starting price: $1.9 Million Top speed: 415kp/h / 258mph Acceleration: 0-100kp/h / 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds
2. Bugatti Chiron: $2.9 Million
A slight hiss of air is all you’ll hear when the Bugatti Chiron jumps into action. Released in 2016, its brief, according to ex-president Wolfgang Dürheimer, was straightforward: it had to “be better than the Veyron in every respect”. A seemingly impossible feat, Bugatti managed to do just that, combining even more impressive speeds and a new level of immense power into the brand’s successor, the Chiron.
It’s a beast of a supercar that doesn’t hold back on the roads: this car will accelerate from 0-199kp/h in less than 2.5 seconds and 0-300kp/h (186mph) in under 13.6. Its top speed is limited to 420kp/h (261mph) but its specially created wider Michelin tyres mean the Chiron could likely exceed 435kp/h (270mph).
There’s no doubt about it; the Chiron is one of the most high-tech and luxurious cars in the world, driving at what seems like the speed of light while maintaining a laid back and carefree edge. It’s a car that shows off in the most casual way possible, with 16 cylinders in its eight-litre engine and a seamless body that carries it all together. It pumps out an astonishing 1,479 horsepower and has the ability to tackle corners at 200km/h (124mph) – faster than many vehicles’ top speed.
Starting price: $2.9 Million Top speed: 420 km/h / 261 mph Acceleration: 0-100km/h / 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds
Bugatti Chiron Noire: $3.25 Million
The special-edition Bugatti Chiron Noire was released to form a midpoint between the standard model Chiron and Bugatti’s “La Voiture Noire”, the world’s most expensive car with a price tag of at least $12 million. As such, the Chiron Noire takes inspiration from La Voiture Noire’s sleek, matte black body and stylish characteristics. It’s matte black throughout, with a black finish covering the exposed carbon fibre, front spoiler, radiator grille, wheels and Bugatti’s signature C-shaped design line.
This unique car is a luxury beast for minimalists: with black and matte black aluminium trim interior parts, black seats, switchgear and more. Of course, this truly special car comes complete with all of the super-powerful elements expected of a Bugatti: a quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine that’s capable of producing up to 1,600 horsepower and the top speed to match. It’s a coupé́ with the comfort of a luxury limousine and the power of a hyper-sports car.
Bugatti Chiron Sport 110 Ans Bugatti: $3.3 Million
Three years after the debut of the original Chiron, Bugatti released its 110 Ans Bugatti (which means “110 years of Bugatti”) as a tribute to its French heritage and to celebrate its milestone birthday. This was the first special release of the Chiron and was a shock to many, after the model was originally slated to get no special editions. Along with its signature luxurious features, the 110 Ans Bugatti pays homage to France with a particular focus on the country’s colours.
The tricolour French flag is found on the mirror caps and the underside of the active rear wing while other components like the brake callipers and wheel centre caps are painted French Racing Blue. The matte Steel Blue paintwork at the rear of the car was produced using the brand’s complex process and even the exclusive handcrafted interior has hints of the same colour scheme.
Bugatti Chiron Sport: $3.3 Million
A true performance monster, the Bugatti Chiron Sport is the ideal car for those who daydream of hitting top speeds at the merest touch and cornering without pausing for breath. It was produced to be the ultimate super sports car, with a firmer chassis combined with lightweight components. The result: even sharper handling and exhilarating agility, all backed up with the Chiron’s uniquely luxurious character.
In order to fulfil its promise of being the ultimate sport-focused supercar, Bugatti went to extremes to reduce the weight of this beast. The brand managed to shave 20kg off the total weight of the car, making the Chiron Sport the first production car with carbon fibre windshield wiper arms, which saved just over one kilo. The inside of the car is just as impressive: cut out with an elegant material mix of Alcantara, leather and carbon and an optional finish of a black sporting touch.
Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport: $3.6 Million
“Pure perfection” is the succinct way to sum up the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport; a bold evolution of the original Chiron that might just be the first supercar to show off about being intentionally slower. Of course, “slower” is relative when this model can still effortlessly glide at 350kp/h (218mph). Unlike the other variations of the Chiron, the Pur Sport is geared toward handling, but it’s not a track car. It’s an agile vehicle with exceptional optimisation and the ability to whip round corners without holding back.
Its specially designed tyres promise faster acceleration than previous models along with the gift of being a dream to handle. Its production goal was to break the boundaries when it comes to performance, which it does with the help of significant technological improvements on the chassis, gearbox and engine.
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+: $3.9 Million
Stunning velocities are what the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is known for, with its world-record-breaking achievement of cracking the 482kp/h (300mph) barrier. Believing in the impossible is something that Bugatti challenges itself to pull off with the release of each and every new car and this one is no exception. Based on the model of the standard Chiron, the Super Sport 300+ utilises extended and aerodynamically optimised features for extremely high speed performance.
Just 30 examples of the car are currently being built and are expected to be released in 2021. This machine is a perfect example of the brand’s technical refinement, masterly workmanship and incredible attention to detail.
Bugatti Chiron Hermès Edition: $6 million
Curious about the perfect companion for La Voiture Noire? Enter: Bugatti Chiron Hermès Edition. This one-of-a-kind design, complete with an all-white exterior and interior and a $150,000 sky view glass roof, is an ultra-special Chiron owned by popular Youtuber and supercar collector Manny Khoshbin.
It’s the epitome of luxe: dipped in Hermès paint, coated in cashmere fabric and finished with one-of-one badges and a special front “H” horseshoe grille. This hand-built supercar reportedly took around four years to complete and the finished result is elegant, simple and luxurious. The bottom of the rear wing features an Hermès Courbettes horse pattern and even the entire rear bumper is painted to match the body colour. It’s a truly beautiful French-built speed machine.
3. Bugatti Divo: $5.4 Million
If time is money, then the Bugatti Divo more than justifies its price tag. Based on the Chiron but promising to hit even faster speeds, it’s a piece of artwork on the roads with its astounding 1,500-horsepower and speeds that promise to make you rethink the laws of physics.
The Divo offers significantly higher performance than previous Bugatti models, with more progressive design language leading to a blazing fast acceleration. This supercar has an electronically limited top speed of 380kp/h (236mph) and can hit 100kp/h in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 2.4 seconds.
This Bugatti is named after French driver Albert Divo, who is famed for twice winning the Targa Florio race for the brand in the 1920s. It’s 35kg lighter than the Chiron but still manages to squeeze in upgraded versions of all the car’s core components.
But where this car really draws attention is in its limited edition numbers. Only 40 of the Divo were made, with each one claimed before the first had even been dispatched. The limited number means it’s possible to spend months or even years fine-tuning its unique appearance and statistics into a bespoke supercar. Its exceptional level of sophistication makes the Divo a car that turns heads effortlessly.
Starting price: $5.4 Million Top speed: 380 kp/h / 236 mph Acceleration: 0-100 kp/h / 0-60mph in 2.4 seconds
4. Bugatti Centodieci: $8.6 Million
“Centodieci” translates to 110 in Italian but even rating this car a 110/100 is doing it a disservice. The Bugatti Centodieci fuses exceptional design and flawless technology to create a limited edition hypercar of dreams. This beast of a vehicle is a stand out drive for multiple reasons. It pays homage to the Bugatti EB110, as its name suggests, but takes to the stage as the EB110’s cooler, sleeker and somehow even more confident younger sibling.
Where to start with this supercar’s most impressive features? Once again, its release made it the brand’s latest most powerful vehicle, boasting 1,600 horsepower and offering unparalleled speed and performance. It’s a modern version of the EB110 with a new range of deep-seated front spoiler along with three-section air intakes and a low-dropping front. It can accelerate from 0-100 kp/h (0-62mph) in 2.4 seconds with a top speed of 380 kp/h (236mph). For higher speeds, it’ll take 6.1 seconds to reach speeds of 200kp/h (124mph), and 13.1 seconds to hit 300kp/h (186mph). This final figure is a 0.5-second improvement over the Chiron.
In true Bugatti spirit, the Centodieci was offered in extremely limited numbers – only 10 of the cars were produced and sold almost instantly. The nature of such a small number means the brand can produce almost one-of-a-kind supercars for each Centodieci’s new owner that are meticulously customised.
Starting price: $8.6 Million Top speed: 380kp/h / 236mph Acceleration: 0-100kp/h / 0-60mph in 2.4 seconds
5. Bugatti La Voiture Noire: $12 Million
According to Bugatti, La Voiture Noire is the most expensive new car ever sold and only one will be made. French for “the black car”, it’s a one-off hypercar that combines speed, technology, luxury and aesthetics into something so impressive, words don’t really do it justice. For car lovers, La Voiture Noire is nothing short of automotive haute couture. Its handcrafted carbon fibre body is sleek and timeless, with an elegance that surpasses anything else in its region.
La Voiture Noire pays homage to the art deco design of the Type 57SC Atlantic, one of the most coveted classic cars in the world, while using the Chiron as its basis and turbocharging every component of both. It’s an extraordinary looking machine that packs 1,500 horsepower and acts as a manifesto of the Bugatti aesthetic.
Its sculptural qualities are complemented by a quad turbo W-16 engine with a top speed of 420 kp/h (261mph) and the ability to race from 0-100kp/h in 2.5 seconds. It’s fair to say that La Voiture Noire is more a piece of artwork than it is a traditional car. Bugatti claims it only approached one customer with the sketches and idea for the car, which was then purchased on the spot.
Starting price: $12 Million Top speed: 420kp/h / 261mph Acceleration: 0-100-km/h / 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds
Why are Bugatti cars so expensive?
A Bugatti is undoubtedly one of the finest vehicles in the world, with exquisite looks, state-of-the-art technology and almost unbeatable statistics. The brand’s cars might cost, at the bare minimum, more than a million dollars apiece, but a large chunk of that price tag is spent on its premium quality components.
The engine of any car usually comes at a relatively high cost but a Bugatti’s engine is something else. A W16 engine in the Bugatti Veyron is powered by four turbochargers, which are each rumoured to cost $6,400. The labour to fit the turbochargers costs around $9000, while the pair of air coolers connected to the chargers cost $9000 each, with a labour cost of $2000 per cooler. In total, combined with the other elements, it costs in the region of $42,000 to replace the fuel tank alone.
The premium quality – and matching price tag – are also recognisable in the other features of the car. A Bugatti costs upwards of $50,000 a year in maintenance costs, with a new set of tyres costing around $38,000 and $50,000 for the wheels. Bugatti recommends changing the fluids each year for optimum performance, which costs $25,000 each time. When you add all of the figures up, combined with the costs of the carbon fibre body and top-of-the-range features, it’s easy to see how the price mounts up for a Bugatti.
But its extravagant price positions the Bugatti as an absolutely incredible vehicle, with its record-breaking speeds and stylish interiors. The care and craftsmanship that goes into each vehicle is incomparable to others on the market, even down to the leather used inside each supercar. Bugatti gets its leather from cows that are specifically raised at altitudes high enough to prevent insects like mosquitoes tarnishing their hides – that’s the level of attention to detail the brand requires.
Where Bugatti comes from
Bugatti was founded in 1909 in the city of Molsheim, Alsace, by Italian industrial designer Ettore Bugatti. The brand was known for its stylish and technical cars, as well as its many race victories. The original brand existed until 1963, before it fell into financial difficulties. In 1987 the brand was revived and released a range of exclusive sports cars, including the EB110, which positioned Bugatti at the forefront of the supercar industry once again.
In 1998, the Volkswagen Group bought the rights to the Bugatti brand and relaunched it, once again based back in its original home of Molsheim. Since 1998, it’s gone from strength to strength, maintaining its status as a hyper-luxury brand with a striking series of supercars. It released a range of concept cars between 1998 and 2000, before showing the world its first production model, the Veyron 16.4, which was sold to the first customer in 2005. With its combined German, French, Italian and Spanish roots, it’s clear that Bugatti is, as brand strategist Susanna Nicoletti says, “a global brand, not a French one”.
Bugatti price list: Frequently asked questions
A second-hand Bugatti Veyron 16.4 costs, at a minimum, just over $1.1 million. Any modern Bugatti will cost over a million dollars, while a vintage model will set you back around $900,000. A used Bugatti Chiron costs upwards of $3 million and a second hand Bugatti Divo has a starting price of around $8 million.
The cheapest modern Bugatti is the Bugatti Veyron. As of 2020, it’s hard to find a Veyron on the market for less than $1.5 million, with certain models fetching even considerably higher prices.
A Bugatti is so expensive because of the superior technology, unique mechanical elements, and premium and luxury components that make up each vehicle. These supercars are some of the most impressive ever produced and come with the price tag to match.
A 2020 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ has a top speed of 420kp/h (263mph). Without a commercial limiter, the car can hit speeds of 483kp/h (300mph). It can accelerate from 0–100kp/h (0–62mph) in 2.4 seconds, 0–200kp/h (0–124mph) in 6.5 seconds and 0–300kp/h (0–186mph) in 13.6 seconds.