Bugatti delivers the last Veyron supercar to European customer

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 25, 2011

A European customer has ordered the last Bugatti Veyron, which has an exclusive limited run of only 300 models. The classic Bugattis are now considered collector's items and are known as some of the most valuable cars that ever existed. Meanwhile, the coupé versions of the Veyron are definitely seen as worthy successors.

However, the reign of Bugatti's sports car doesn’t end here. The Grand Sport, a supercar that has the utmost technical specifications, is still available.

The closed top version, which has a transparent roof, has a top speed of 407 km/h. Without the roof, it gets a maximum speed of 360 km/h, easily earning it the title as the fastest convertible in the world.

According to Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., the Veyron is an “icon of automotive history” but even so, it’s still far ahead of its time when it comes to technology and design. He also commented that in the open-top sports car segment, the Grand Sport stands as a “further pinnacle of achievement.”

"In the Veyron the Bugatti team has created a vehicle that has already become an icon of automotive history. Both technologically and in terms of design, the Veyron is still far ahead of its time. The Grand Sport is a further pinnacle of achievement in the open-top sports car segment, and we intend to maintain the same standard in our future Bugatti products." said the press release.

Elegance and luxury always go together. But with a luxury car, it always pays to be ready for all types of weather. The new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is a blend of lightweight and stringent engineering to produce the same monocoque passenger cell found in the original Bugatti Veyron. The Grand Sport comes with a removable roof based on the same structure of its previous model.

The very strong and almost weightless monocoque used in the structure is one of the most crucial elements in developing the new Bugatti. Since the removable roof plays a significant role in the new package, the brand has to redesign every minor detail to keep the car safe during crash.

Due to this, the monocoque is built with some reinforcements over the transmission tunnel and the side skirts. A cross-stiffening technique is used on the B-pillars with the help of a carbon fibre support. Positioning the central carbon plate under the transmission tunnel minimises the incidence of torsional flexing. Moreover, the newly designed air intakes now have 10 cm wide carbon fibre elements attached to the 16-cylinder medium sized engine of the Grand Sport.

The new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is made even more impressive with a set of carbon-fibre doors with integrated longitudinal beams. In case of an accident, the beam shifts the load from one pillar to another (A-B) in order to distribute the impact.

Inside the vehicle, there’s a new sound system (Puccini) with digital signal processor for a more relaxing ride. Other new features include a reversible camera with a 2.7-inch monitor that sits perfectly at the rear-view mirror. Driving on a rainy night will no longer be a problem with the new Bugatti Veyron’s moisture-proof backstitched leather interior.

When driving with a closed roof, this roadster can reach as far as 407 km/hr. It is also possible to drive as fast as 360 km/hr when the roof is taken off. An umbrella-like folding roof is always ready when the rain starts to pour. At this point, the car can cruise along the wet roads at 130km/hr.

The new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport will be out by March 2009. Each unit is made exclusively and is manually assembled at the company’s headquarters in Molsheim, Alsace France. The unit cost is said to be at 1.4 million euros minus the tax. There will only be one hundred and fifty units available. The first 50 units will be reserved to Bugatti’s exclusive clientele. In line with their tradition, the first unit will be sold at an auction sponsored by Gooding & Company down at the Pebble Beach. Proceeds will go to charity.

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