The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, which has been specially produced by the Bugatti customization team to suit the exact specifications of its destined owner, is set for launch in Shanghai. This model comes in matte white finish with the same tone on the roof’s prominent air intakes. It has blue carbon elements in its lower section as well as blue finished allow wheels that gave a striking contrast.
The car’s interior is also dominated by blue, complemented with the white stitching on seats, an aluminum console, and steering wheel and gear level. With a 1,250 Nm torque, a top speed of 407 km/h (limited) and 736 kW (1,001 PS), the Grand Sport is the fastest and most powerful convertible in the world today.
With the top down, vehicle can zoom at 360 km/h, leaving other convertible models behind. The vehicle’s 16-cylinder mid-mounted engine as well as the intense inhalation from the air intakes when you release the accelerator builds an acoustic experience that is second to none.
On the other hand, the vehicle has a textile canopy stowed in the trunk that will protect the driver and passengers from the rain. The soft top remains securely in place with the vehicle zooming up to 160 km/h.
As expected, Bugatti was able to conquer the task of transforming a fixed-roof Bugatti Veyron into the new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport with removable roof. Central to this is the monocoque structure of the original Veyron that boasts of being superiorly rigid and outstandingly lightweight. Since the roof is an integral feature of the monocoque passenger cell, its removal means redesigning the load to ensure that the vehicle remains as rigid and as safe, even during side impacts and rolling.
The redesign has resulted to a monocoque structure reinforced around the side skirts as well as on the transmission tunnel. Moreover, Bugatti cross-stiffened the B-pillars using a carbon fiber support, and positioned a central carbon plate beneath the transmission tunnel to make sure the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport experiences less torsional flexing. This roadster version of the Bugatti Veyron features carbon fiber doors that come with an integrated longitudinal beam that, in case of an accident, transfers the load from the A to the B-pillar to disperse impact energy.
In addition, the two redesigned air intakes for the 16-cylinder mid-engine now have 10-cm wide carbon-fiber elements for roll protection. Inside, the new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is provided with moisture-resistant, backstitched leather, as well as an array of new equipment like the "Puccini" sound system with digital signal processor and a reversing camera with 2.7-inch monitor in the rear-view-mirror.
Bugatti will commence sales of the new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport in March 2009 at EUR1.4 million (excluding tax). Bugatti will just hand-assemble 150 examples, with the first 50 units reserved for registered Bugatti customers. Bugatti has decided to have the very first Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport assembled to be sold at the Pebble Beach Auction – as presented by Gooding & Company – with proceeds going to charity.