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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport "Sang Bleu" – Click above for high-res image gallery

How many special edition Bugatti Veyrons are there? There's the Pur Sang, the Bleu Centenaire, the Sang Noir and Fbg by Hermes, not to mention the countless examples that have either been painted gold or chrome by bored sheiks who've spent too much time in the sun. The targa-fied Veyron, otherwise known as the Grand Sport, has been around a lot less time than its closed roof counterpart, but it's about time the open roof Bug got a special edition of its own. Enter the Grand Sport "Sang Bleu" that's being unveiled by Bugatti this weekend in Monterey.

The "Sang Bleu" is set off by its unique two-tone color combination that isn't the result of opening a couple new cans of paint back at the Bugatti factory in Molsheim, France, but rather combining two materials: carbon fiber and aluminum. The shiny parts are, of course, the al-yoo-mini-um of which we spoke, but the royal blue you see is a specially tinted carbon fiber. The only other differences between the "Sang Bleu" and a normal Grand Sport are that the rear airscoops are also body color, and the wheels are a unique design with a Midnight Blue and Diamond Cut finish.

Only 20 standard Grand Sports have been ordered and far less actually delivered, so the "Sang Bleu" stands as the rarest Veyron of them all right now. There's only one and Bugatti doesn't mention anything about it going into limited production, but considering the brand's penchant for making special editions, we expect the "Sang Bleu" will be available for anyone with anyone with a couple million bucks to trade.

[Source: Bugatti]


A new Bugatti piece of art for Pebble Beach

The « Sang Bleu » to honour the 100th anniversary of the marque Carmel, California, 14th August 2009. – Continuing this year's 100th anniversary celebrations Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. has chosen the prestigious Pebble Beach weekend to present a further highlight to pay tribute to this legendary brand : The company proudly unveils the Bugatti « Sang Bleu » - an exclusive, one-off Grand Sport, honouring the marques precious heritage.

Innovation and Harmony

The « Sang Bleu » has ventured into new areas. Instead of applying two paint colours or paint and material to highlight the two tone design the « Sang Bleu » exclusively concentrates on materials - carbon fibre and aluminum - an innovative combination never realised before. This unique approach opens a new dimension of « Art – Forme – Technique », the company's core alues.

The colour combination commissioned for the Pebble Beach car is blue carbon fibre with polished aluminum. The visual carbon fibre is tinted in royal blue to emphasize the refined volumes and surfaces of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport. The rear airscoops are tinted in the same nightblue – offering a dramatic view from above – and thus fluidly integrate into the overall design philosophy of this unique model.

The rims are inspired by the Grand Sport Roadster and are highlighted in a Midnight Blue and Diamond Cut two tone finish. The interior, specially and tastefully selcted for the Pebble Beach event, is trimmed in a newly developed Gaucho leather which blends with the intriguing and pure exterior materials creating an elegant and harmonious overall appearance.

Featured Marque

In the year of its100th anniversary Bugatti has been selected to be one of the featured marques at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Ettore Bugatti started his business in the Alsacian town of Molsheim in 1909. The name of the company: „Ettore Bugatti Automobiles i. Els.". In 1956 the company ceased its activities. Exactly 50 years later, in March 2006, the first Bugatti Veyron built by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. was delivered – after the Volkswagen Group had aquired the rights of the Bugatti marque in 1998 and started the re-launch of this famous brand. To date over 250 of the planned Bugatti Veyrons are sold, 215 of them have been delivered to customers worldwide. In June 2009 Bugatti started production of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, the open roadster. The sales results are encouraging over 20 Grand Sports have been sold, with first deliveries already started.

The Bugatti « Sang Bleu » is the latest in a line of centenary Bugatti models which have won worldwide acclaim in 2009. This unique car stands – like the others - for the commitment of the Bugatti of today to carry the values and the philosophy of Ettore Bugatti, the founder of this unique marque, into a successful future.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      it's funny how many people automatically start complaining about the cost when they see this car. they don't understand that there are people who don't give a damn about the price and this car is for those people , not for someone who has to worry about the fuel consumption, taxes, insurance, etc. there are people who buy $100million boats and planes and houses just for fun, this car is just spare change for the ultra rich.

      anyway , i think this is one of the most beautiful cars ever made.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who doesn't give a damn about cars for the extremely wealthy?
      Seriously, I'm curious.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you're the only one.

        You must set your sights so low, and try so little, that you'll never be wealthy, outside of fluking on a winning lottery ticket. Why do you think you can't own a car like that someday? How do you think the wealthy become wealthy? They're not just born that way. The wealth has to start someplace. They aim high and work hard at whatever venture is gonna set them up for great lifestyles.

        I urge you to change your thinking, and start knowing that you can have more than you currently do, or else you never will.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Rich Dad, Poor Dad"

        Good book.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, Kevin. You might not give a damn, and I am certainly not impressed by the people who own these cars, nor do I want to drive them. For me, cars like the Veyron are an art form, and demonstrate what can be done with automotive tech and design.

        If you only care about vehicles which suit your needs, you'd probably be advised to stick to model specific sites.

        Now, I must say that I don't give a damn about every special edition of a car which is already at the apex of exclusivity. I am beginning to wonder if there are any Veyrons which are just run-of-the-mill variants.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So how many "special editions" have Bugatti made to date? I'm sure its at least 20 by now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Probably more than the mustang.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know, for some reason I do not lust after this car. Of course it is fast, but it just does not get it done for me...even if I had the scratch to own one. I could build a drool worthy collection plus a nice garage for the price of one of these.
      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rocket. Power.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is nice but to me the best looking one was one I saw on Youtube that some Russian who lived in Dubai had custom done, The Pegaso.

      Here is the link.

      • 6 Years Ago
      god that is an awesome machine
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the polished aluminum-look paint along with the navy blue. Looks awesome. And yes, nice wheels.

      I almost like the roofless version better than the regular. The open top makes it look smaller and lighter for some reason.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If I'm not mistaken that's not polished aluminum paint... but just polished aluminum.

        Quite honestly I was already expecting a "special edition" of the targa.. but not this soon.

        Must be that the world has been saturated with "normal" Veyrons and only the "special editions" still sell or something.... whatever the case; it looks good. Especially like the blue tinted Carbon.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Even though I like this car, I think it is overrated.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dead sexy with that raw metal look, and those rims are pretty nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I must say.. I do like the wheels.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Veyron IS a White Elephant. Everything about this car seems to cost upwards of $100,000

        You have to ship the car to its European factory just to have the seats adjusted.

        If you don't have 93 Octane fuel nearby, you have to have the car De-tuned.

        if you need new wheels or tires, you must ship the whole car back to Europe.

        Frankly, this is the ultimate street racer but unless you are a billionaire this car can really eat into your pockets.

        REALLY RICH people don't even buy cars like this. They are holding onto their money to get richer so the poor get poorer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The wheels have to be replace with every third tire change. Tires last 2500 miles. Have fun with that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Beautiful Veyron variant! Love the carbon fiber and aluminum materials/finishes.

      Tinted carbon fiber is a great material. More should be done with that by after market companies for lowlier brands and makes.
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