About Bugatti Cars
Origins of the French brand Bugatti can be traced back to the birth of Ettore Bugatti, the legendary founder of the Bugatti company and the designer of the most successful race cars and luxurious vehicles of his day. Born in 1881, he was one of the major pioneers of both automotive engineering and the tradition of motorsports and remains famous to this day for his visionary designs.
During his apprenticeship at Prinetti & Stucchi, he fitted a tricycle with an engine. He produced more such models with different motor locations and managed to enter a few of them into races as well. All this while he was just 17 years of age! Fuelled by his fascination with design and love for motorsports, in 1901, he exhibited one of his own creations, the Type 2, at an international exhibition in Milan where his car won an award from the French Automobile Club. The first race car designed by Bugatti was built in 1903. The chain-driven car was an upgraded version of the Gulinelli Type 2 model, with a 12.9-litre engine.
While Bugatti, with his son Jean, built numerous successful Le Mans and Grand Prix winners prior to the Second World War, the post-war years were very tumultuous for the company as it went through multiple shutdowns and changes in ownership. The future of the company was in great peril when Ettore’s son died in a car crash in 1939 and when Ettore himself passed away in 1947.
The modern-day Bugatti brand emerged when in May 1998, after numerous ownership changes, Volkswagen AG acquired the rights to the Bugatti brand and unveiled the EB 118, a two-door four-seater coupe which paved the way for subsequent models. The genesis of the awe-inspiring Bugatti Veyron came in 2000 when Bugatti presented the EB 16/4 Veyron at motor shows in Detroit, Geneva and Paris. The eight-litre mid-engine car, named after the French racing driver Pierre Veyron, featured a 16-cylinder, 630 HP engine. The series production of the Veyron began in 2001.
In 2010, the Veyron debuted as the first new Bugatti car in India, with a whopping price tag of 16 crore rupees. The distributor chosen for the Veyron was Exclusive Motors, located in New Delhi. Exclusive Motors is also a dealer for Bentley and Lamborghini cars in India. Globally, the Bugatti car models which have been offered since the inception of the Veyron in 2000 to the year 2018 include the Veyron 16.4, Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, Chiron and the Chiron Sport.
As of June 2018, the Bugatti car prices in India are estimated to be around 37 crore rupees (inclusive of import duty) for the 2018 Chiron. All Bugatti car price listings can be found on the website of autoX.