While sports car manufacturers like Ferrari and Porsche produce several models that range from $250,000 to $500,000 in cost, Bugatti only offers one car model but it is a "super car" that is roughly twice as powerful and costs about $1.4 million. At 1,200 horsepower; 1,106 pound-feet of torque; 4,400 pounds; zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds; a top speed of 267 mph, Bugatti's Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest, most expensive, most powerful series-production road car ever built.
Bugatti was a French manufacturer of luxury cars from 1909 to the 1950s; they were well-known for the designs of their cars but the company struggled financially and manufactured their last car in the 1950s. The Bugatti brand is now owned by German company Volkswagen (which also owns Porsche). Ferrari is an Italian company.
This is a comparison of the styles (including pictures), performance, power, popularity and price of (current models of) Ferrari and Bugatti cars.
|Classes||Grand tourer||Grand tourer and Sports car|
|Body styles||Coupe, targa top||2-door, 2+2 coupe cabriolet, 2 seat Berlinetta, 2 seat spider, 3-door shooting-break|
|Layouts||Longitudinal mid-engine, permanent four wheel drive||Front mid-engine rear-wheel drive, rear mid-engine rear-wheel drive, FMR layout, FM4 layout|
|Transmission||7-speed DSG sequential||7-speed dual clutch automated manual;|
|Horsepower||1001||460 - 963|
|Headquarters||Molsheim, Alsace, France||Maranello, Italy|
|Cost||$1.4million||$230, 000 and up|
|Production Output||38 vehicles (2011) 40 vehicles (2010)||7,044 units (2011)|
|Key People||Ettore Bugatti, Jean Bugatti||Luca di Montezemolo, Chairman and President, Jean Todt, CEO, Giancarlo Coppa CFO|
|Nature of Business||Automobiles manufacturing and distribution||Sports Car Manufacturer|
|Founded by||Ettore Bugatti||Enzo Ferrari|
|Parent||Volkswagen AG||Fiat S.p.A.|
|Number of Employees||73 (Aug 2012)||2,870 (Dec 31st 2006), 2,695 (2011)|
Bugatti currently only produces the Veyron 16.4. The 16C Galiber, a 1000 HP sedan, is a concept car that is expected to go on sale in 2015.
Ferrari currently has four road models: the California (grand tourer convertible), the 458 Italia (sports car), F12 Berlinetta (grand tourer) and the FF (grand tourer).
Bugatti has the following models: Veyron 16.4 (Grand Sport & Super Sport) and 16C Galibier (to be put into production in 2015). There are also some limited edition models.
The 8-cylinder models of Ferrari are the Ferrari California, Ferrari 458 Italia and Ferrari 458 Spider. The 12-cylinder models are Ferrari F12berlinetta and Ferrari FF.
The Ferrari California has a top speed of 193 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds. The 458 Italia can accelerate from 0-62 mph in under 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 202 mph. The F12 Berlinetta accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds, with a top speed of over 210 mph, and the FF accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds with a maximum speed of 208 mph.
The Bugatti Veyron has an 8-liter, 1001 BHP W-16 engine with four turbochargers.
The Ferrari California has a horsepower of 460 BHP, while the Ferrari 458 Italia has 570 BHP and the FF has 651 BHP.
The Bugatti Veyron costs around $1,400,000. Current Ferrari retail prices begin at around $230,000.
The Ferrari 458 Italia is the 5th most popular sports car. Bugatti is a more exclusive and expensive brand, and hence less popular in terms of volume. Ferrari also benefits from a stronger brand with their participation in Formula One.
Many Ferrari cars were recalled in May 2012 because the engines had a tendency to suddenly freeze.
The Bugatti Veyron was named Car of the Decade by Top Gear, and won the show’s Best Car Driven All Year award in 2005.
The Ferrari 458 Spider was named the Best Cabrio 2012 by Auto Zeitung magazine and Best Sports Car and Convertible by The Sunday Times in 2012. The Ferrari 458 Italia was also named Best Driver’s Car in 2011 by Motor Trend.