The Bugatti name packs quite the reputation. Getting their start in 1909, the French auto makers have been setting speed records, and delivering quality, high performance, extremely exclusive super cars for over a century now. As the fastest in the game, Bugatti outdoes every other sports car on the road time and time again. What makes Bugatti such a luxury option is everything is completely handmade and customized. From the hand stitched interiors to the carefully crafted parts that make up the super car, finish it all off with a custom paint job and you’ve got a Bugatti.
Owning a Bugatti, however, is no easy task and requires many specifications to even be considered. Even then, only the elite Bugatti enthusiasts are invited to private auto shows to partake in auctions for new, exclusive Bugatti releases. And yet, it is still every sports car owner dream to one day be handed the keys to a brand new Bugatti. So when can we start looking forward to the day we will own a Bugatti? What is the cheapest Bugatti on the market? Well, even the most “affordable” Bugatti’s still come with a fairly steep price tag (but still nothing compared to the $19 million La Voiture Noire). Here is the cheapest Bugatti on the market and when you can expect to be handed one.
The Bugatti Veyron
Bugatti only provides three models, the Veyron, Chiron, and Divo. Of these three, the Veyron’s are one of the most popular and sought after models on the market. Typically owned by celebrities and the one percent, if you’re the who’s who then you own a Veyron. The Veyron surprisingly too is the cheapest model of Bugatti that you can buy. Typically, the price will range depending on the year it was manufactured, if there were any recorded accidents (looking at you Tracy Morgan), and how many times it has been owned. Of course, the more boxes it ticks, the less expensive it will be.
The Bugatti Veyron is a magnificent French work of art with an 8-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers that packs a whopping 1001HP and even up to 1200HP in later models. That means this machine can eat pavement up to 255mph, and yes, it’s street legal. This highly desirable and extremely exclusive hyper car has and always will dominate the market in terms of speed and luxury.
So how much is it exactly? Most Bugatti’s range anywhere from a few million up to $5 million, and sometimes even more than that depending on the model and how many will be manufactured. The Bugatti Veyron was discontinued in 2014, although special edition models continued to be made. If you’re lucky enough to even find one for sale, Veyron’s can typically sit between $1-$2 million dollars, usually around $1.7 million to be exact. However, we have seen older 2008 Bugatti Veyron models that are even selling for about $1.1 million dollars right now. Depending on where you look and the value of the Veyron at the time you are looking to buy, typically you can expect to pay just under $2million for it.
Don’t Forget About Maintenance
But that’s not all… Just because you now own a new Bugatti doesn’t mean you are done paying for it yet. These super cars, since they are custom designed and completely handmade, can only be serviced at select locations by mechanics who have received specific Bugatti maintenance and repair training – and those are pretty hard to find. Because the Bugatti is such an exclusive luxury car, the maintenance required can be pretty steep.
For example, a simple oil change, which must be performed once a year whether the car has been driven or not, will cost its owner anywhere between $20,000 to $25,000 – the price of a brand new Toyota Camry. But that’s not all, the tires too come highly specialized and can cost around $38,000 to replace whether they burst, or due to normal wear and tear, and even up for $50,000 to replace the entire set. It is no surprise that such an exotic sports car comes with the expected luxury maintenance price tag
When You Can Expect to Own One
If you’re ready to pay the price tag for the luxury automotive, or simply setting a goal for the future, there are a few rules and requirements before you can jump in to owning a Bugatti. In fact, Bugatti requires that their employees follow these strict guidelines to uphold the prestige engineering and technology of Bugatti. While it may make quite the dent in your bank account, it can also impact your lifestyle too.
As we already know, one of the requirements of owning a Bugatti is consistent maintenance. You must be prepared to spend around $21,000 on maintenance each year, as well as $33,000 on tires every 2,500miles and $50,000 on new wheels every 10,000 miles. But aside from the steep price tag that comes with just owning a Bugatti is the lack of privacy. Bugatti engineers have 10,000 signals tied to parts in the car, and they are able to track where the Bugatti goes in real-time data. Owning a Bugatti means giving up a small piece of your privacy, something that can even be a deal breaker for prospective car buyers.
The reason for this is that if anything were to happen to the car, Bugatti headquarters would know immediately. Bugatti engineers then give the owner a call to walk them through the steps they may need to take to resolve any issues. Not answering a call from Bugatti would be a big rule-breaker, and it’s one that every owner must be aware of. While this added feature really is an extension of the white-glove, concierge service Bugatti provides their customers, not everyone is as easily ready to give up their personal data to a car manufacturer.
While the Bugatti Veyron may be the cheapest Bugatti on the market, it still comes with quite the heavy price tag of around $1.7million dollars, not to mention the couple grand you will have to throw at maintenance as well. However, if you have the money to own a Veyron, maintenance is probably no issue for you, but if owning one is a goal or dream, well now you have some financial markers to start working towards. But owning a Bugatti runs deeper than simply owning a nice luxury sports car. It offers drivers freedom, style, and status.