Year: 2001

The 2001 concept was much closer to being production-ready than the previous model. Rather than an 18-cylinder engine, the new car had a W16 that would set the standard for future Veyrons. The mid-engine is formed with two V8s each wîth a fifteen degree angle that join at the crankcase and sit 90 degrees to each other. It is aspirated by four turbochargers and is coupled with a seven-speed, double-clutch transmission, as opposed to a five-speed trans in the previous model. This powerhouse produced more than 400 more horsepower, reaching an output of 1,001.