It's a sad day, friends. The final Bugatti Veyron 16.4 has been sold to a customer in Europe, says the supercar manufacturer. Well, maybe not that sad. Technically, the W16, quad-turbocharged monster will continue to soldier on in open-top Grand Sport trim, but don't expect the Bug to churn out any more hardtop models. All 300 of them have officially been spoken for; leaving the world's stupidly wealthy with nowhere to spend their millions. Whatever shall they do?
As you may recall, the Veyron first touched down in 2003, and it's been busy shattering records and swilling high-test gasoline ever since. Eight years later, the creation remains one of the most awe-inspiring vehicles on the planet, and odds are it won't stop arching eyebrows and dropping jaws anytime soon. Something tells us that 987 horsepower will do that for you.
So what does Bugatti have planned for its next stunt? Aside from a few shadowy whispers about a possible production Galibier sedan, the automaker has been suspiciously tight-lipped about its endeavors. Hit the jump for the press blast.
Supercar with a limited production run of 300 cars is a global success
The Grand Sport, the world's fastest convertible, to continue Bugatti tradition Molsheim, 24 June 2011 – The final Bugatti Veyron has now been ordered by a European customer, marking an end to the triumphant reign of the supercar with an exclusive production run of 300 models and its even faster cousin the Super Sport. The coupé versions of the Veyron are worthy successors to the heritage of classic Bugattis, now collector's items of unparalleled status and optimum appreciation, which today are amongst the most valuable cars in existence.
But the story of Bugatti's exceptional sports car is set to continue. The Grand Sport, a supercar with the very highest technical specifications, remains available to automotive connoisseurs. In its closedtop incarnation with a transparent roof it reaches top speeds of 407 km/h; with the roof removed a maximum speed of 360 km/h makes the Grand Sport the fastest convertible in the world.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. since 1 February 2011 commented:
"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."
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 – an icon of automotive history
The development of the Bugatti Veyron represented one of the greatest technical challenges and engineering achievements in automotive history. Volkswagen bought the rights to the Bugatti brand in 1998, and just one year later the company presented its fourth concept vehicle, the close-to production study EB 18/4 Veyron at the Tokyo Motor Show. Barely six years down the line, on 29 April 2005, a Veyron exceeded 400 km/h for the very first time, and six months later was presented to its global audience.
The Veyron was and remains a synthesis of superlative technical achievements. It was the first production vehicle to have a full carbon-fibre monocoque, and its torsional rigidity of 60,000 Newton meters per degree remains unparalleled to this day. The 7,993 cm3 capacity sixteen-cylinder engine with its four continuously variable camshafts and four turbochargers is capable of a top speed of 407 2 Bugatti km/h, developing 1,001 PS (736 kW). The seven-gear twin-clutch gearbox governs an unbelievable 1,250
Newton meters of torque, and is one of the fastest transmissions in the world with shift times of less than 150 milliseconds. Acceleration from 0 to 100 takes place in a legendary 2.5 seconds.
With its carbon-ceramic brakes, highly innovative brake cooling system and the rear spoiler which is activated to serve as an additional air brake when braking, this superlative sports car can come to a complete standstill from 100 km/h in just 31.4 metres and 2.3 seconds. The Super Sport boasting 1,200 PS and a top speed of 415 km/h performs the same feat even faster.
The European customer who has bought the 300th Veyron has never purchased a Bugatti before. Delivery is scheduled for next autumn.