Before the very first Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was released, the French automaker brought an arguably even more insane concept car to the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show. Dubbed the Bugatti Veyron EB 18.4, the concept for the road-going Veyron actually had two extra cylinders and a body and interior almost identical to the eventual production car. Now it has been announced that the one-off Veyron EB 18.4 concept will make only its second auto show appearance at Salon Rétromobile in Paris from Feb 5-9th.
While the Veyron EB 18.4 concept was presented in 1999, it took another six years before the insane French supercar was actually introduced and capable of living up to the company’s promised top speed of 400 km/h. As a result, this is the very car which led to the creation of arguably the fastest and arguably most advanced supercar ever produced.
When the Bugatti Veyron hit the market, it wasn’t equipped with the 3-bank W18 engine and instead utilised a more than appropriate 2-bank W16 engine. Despite two fewer cylinders, when combined with four turbochargers, the base Veyron delivers a still impressive to this day 987 hp. As a result, it ousted the McLaren F1 as the world’s fastest production car hitting a top speed of 408.47 km/h way back in 2005!