The 8.0-liter W16 engine has been propelling Bugatti’s hyper sports cars for almost 20 years. The only 16-cylinder engine in the world to be used in a car, it is a veritable engineering masterpiece that has become an icon in its own right. This look back at the story of its evolution and development is a declaration of love to one of the most impressive powertrains ever created.
16 cylinders. Displacement of 8 liters. 1,001 HP. When Bugatti published the first technical details about the engine for the Veyron 16.4 in 2005, it instantly changed the game. It was sensational. Never before had a production vehicle featured an engine which was so powerful, yet so compact and able to cruise as easily as it could obliterate acceleration records. Its power output was unparalleled at the time: acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds and a top speed of over 400 km/h. When the Veyron 16.4 went into production, it marked a pioneering achievement for Bugatti, and established an entirely new class of car in the process – the Veyron was the world’s first hyper sports car. And it wouldn’t have been possible without the W16.
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