SEMA eNews Vol. 14, No. 26, June 30, 2011

Final Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Supercar Sold

 

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The Bugatti Grand Sport features a closed top with a panorama sunroof
and can reach top speeds of 253 mph. With the roof removed, it can
reach a maximum speed of 223 mph.

The final order for the Bugatti Veyron has been placed by a European customer, marking an end to the exclusive production run of 300 units of the car and its even faster cousin, the Super Sport. The coupe versions of the Veyron are successors to the heritage of classic Bugattis, now collector's items, which today are among the most valuable cars in existence.

The Bugatti Grand Sport features a closed top with a panorama sunroof and can reach top speeds of 253 mph. With the roof removed, it can reach a maximum speed of 223 mph.

Volkswagen bought the rights to the Bugatti brand in 1998, and just one year later the company unveiled the final model of four concept vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show, the close-to-production prototype EB 18/4 Veyron. At the same time, the former chairman of Volkswagen AG, Dr. Ferdinand Piёch, defined the targets for the specialists at the Bugatti Engineering GmbH: the final motor car should be powered by at least 16 cylinders and should deliver more than 1,000 hp; it should be able to reach speeds above 400 kph; it had to accelerate in less than three seconds from 0 to 100; and last but not least, it should be easy and pleasant to drive to the opera. Barely six years down the line, on April 29, 2005, a Veyron exceeded 400 kph for the very first time, and six months later it was launched to the global audience.
 


Bugatti received 26 customer orders by the end of 2005. In June 2007, the total number of orders reached 100, and delivery time amounted to one and a half years. Over the course of the years, the dealer network has been continuously expanded and now consists of 36 partners around the world: 14 Bugatti partners in Europe (including Russia), four Bugatti partners in the Middle East, 13 Bugatti partners in America and six Bugatti partners in Asia.

Several car collectors are among the clientele that has grown to nearly 300 individuals, and many of them own more than one Veyron. They used to drive their Bugattis regularly but rarely more than 3,100 miles per year. Until today, 15 owners have joined the selected group of the "400 Drive Club."

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