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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Gets More Efficient

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On: Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 4:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Gets More Efficient

The Bugatti Veyron has been in innumerable articles and blog posts the past two months thanks to the Super Sport variant's record-breaking 268-mph top speed. Now the namesake is in the news for something completely different, something that car fans probably would have never expected to see the Veyron being covered for: fuel economy.

No, the electric Veyron rumored earlier this year hasn't made a debut, and Bugatti hasn't cut out any of the 16 cylinders or 8 liters of the Veyron's powerplant. But the car did manage a nominal year-over-year increase in fuel economy according to official EPA numbers. The Bugatti's great efficiency bragging rights? It upped highway mileage from 14 mpg in the 2010 model to 15 mpg in the 2011 model in the most recent EPA testing. City mileage is still an atrocious 8 mpg, but who the heck drives a Veyron in city traffic anyway?

While the Veyron's fuel economy is still one of the lowest out of any car's, a 1-mpg boost is an achievement for a car that's capable of draining a tank of gas in 12 minutes. However, we don't think that it will be much of a factor for potential buyers.

While the Veyron's 8/15 mpg economy is low, it's still enough to make the Bug more efficient on highways than the Lamborghini Murcielago, which has an 8/13 mpg rating. The Veyron may become the road's least economical production vehicle, however, when Lamborghini releases its Jota. The Jota, which will replace the Murcielago at the top of Lamborghini's line, is expected to lose weight, thanks to more carbon fiber body work. In teasing its future, Lamborghini recently expressed a shift toward lightening its vehicles instead of adding power, indicating that future Lamborghinis should be more efficient—however slightly—than current ones.

As for the world-record-holding Veyron Super Sport, there's no indication yet of its fuel economy, but we don't think anyone really needs to see it to know it's terrible. And buyers of a $2.5-million, 250-mph car probably aren't that worried about how it will deliver on the daily commute or extended road trip.

The Veyron Super Sport makes its auto show debut in Paris next week. Bugatti has been taking orders for the limited edition supercar, including the first five "World Record Edition" examples. Unfortunately for owners looking to recreate July 3 glory, the production Super Sport will be limited to 258 mph so that owners don't burn the tires clean off.

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