For those unfamiliar with the Veyron EB 18.4, it was a concept car developed to preview a new supercar for the Bugatti brand, which had just been acquired by the Volkswagen Group. It was first shown at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show and is only now making its second appearance at an auto show.
The unveiling of the Veyron EB 18.4 concept in Tokyo signalled the start of Bugatti’s modern era, although the production Veyron it would eventually spawn wouldn’t show up for another six years. That’s because the concept needed to undergo significant further development in order to meet a promise made by VW chairman Ferdinand Piech that the car would reach a top speed of at least 400 km/h (248.55 mph).
With power almost doubled to 1,001 metric horsepower (978 horsepower), the production Veyron managed to fulfil Piech’s promise with a top speed of 408.47 km/h (253.81 mph) set in 2005. In 2010, in Super Sport trim, the car would reach a top speed of 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph) and set a production car land speed record that still stands today.
The Salon Rétromobile takes place from February 5-9 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition site.