It takes a lot to grow jaded at the thought of a one-of-a-kind, seven-figure, record-breaking supercar, but that's what's happened after this many years of special edition Bugattis. The latest: a unique version of the Grand Sport roadster created for the Beijing Motor Show and one lucky (read: obscenely wealthy) customer.

Called the Wei Long edition, this one-off Veyron celebrates the Year of the Dragon. It was born out of the same collaboration with Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur that gave us the previous blue-and-white marbled Grand Sport L'Or Blanc edition. Only this one is white with red trim.

Like what you see? It can be yours for €1.58 million – chump change over two million greenbacks. Scope it out in the high-res image gallery and the press release below.
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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse premieres in Asia
Bugatti presents most powerful roadster ever at Beijing Motor Show

Molsheim/Beijing, April 23, 2012 – Following the success of the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, Bugatti did not wait long before the company received inquiries about an open-top version of the Grand Sport that could also deliver 882 kW (1,200 hp). "We were instantly electrified by the idea of transferring the power of the Super Sport to the Grand Sport, that delivers a maximum of 1,001 hp, thus taking the roadster to a new level," says Wolfgang Dürheimer, president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. He continues: "Our team has managed to transfer the world's most powerful car engine to the open-top sports car, while taking the vehicle's dynamics and aerodynamic parameters into consideration. We are proud to present the fastest roadster ever at the Beijing Motor Show with the Asia premiere of the 1,200 hp Grand Sport Vitesse." The second car Bugatti presents at Beijing is the "Wei Long 2012", a one off Grand Sport model equipped with unique porcelain dragon relief parts at the in- and outside paying homage to the year of the dragon.

Dynamics in figures. The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse boasts a remarkable
maximum torque of 1,500 Nm (at 3000–5000 rpm) from the 7.9-litre capacity of its W16 engine. The maximum output (1,200 hp) is reached at 6,400 rpm. These figures allow the car to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from standing in an unbelievable 2.6 seconds. The top speed of 410 km/h (255 mph) makes the four-wheel drive (like all Veyron) Grand Sport Vitesse the fastest production roadster ever.

Drive system. The 199 hp increase over the Grand Sport has been mainly achieved by using four larger turbochargers with new intercoolers. Furthermore, Bugatti has extensively reinforced all drivetrain components in order to safely transfer the immense force the Vitesse is capable of. As a consequence of the larger turbochargers and the overall reduced back pressure, it was even possible to reduce the fuel consumption slightly, even with the increased power output.

Chassis. In order to put the unrivalled power on the road safely and masterfully, the engineers have reconfigured the chassis of the Vitesse. Thanks to the quick-responding dampers that have been adapted from motor racing, the control of the vehicle has been further improved and balanced perfectly. In addition to the incomparable lateral acceleration that is able to go up to 1.4 g, the precise interaction of the tires (on all-new, lighter 20-inch "Vitesse"-type alloy wheels), together with the intelligent all-wheel-drive system, ensures stable handling. Since the reconfigured ESP kicks in slightly later, for example when you accelerate around corners, the Grand Sport Vitesse also provides a more dynamic performance in these types of situations. It goes without saying that Bugatti adapted the brake-cooling system to account for the even higher engine output. The brakes, which are unparalleled in terms of stability and performance, now have additional and larger air intakes.

Body. Bugatti has developed a new roof spoiler for the Grand Sport Vitesse that significantly
reduces wind noise and buffering in the interior. Furthermore, there will be a new windbreak for the roadster that can be stored away compactly in the luggage compartment when not in use. Both components will also be available for the Grand Sport. While in place, they allow for an extremely relaxed, open-top driving experience even at speeds around 200 km/h (124 mph).

Numerous aerodynamic measures that appeared on the Super Sport's front and rear have been
adapted for the Grand Sport Vitesse. The front end is therefore characterised by larger air intakes; the two central air intakes to the left and right of the Bugatti radiator grille are divided horizontally by a bar. The bottom air vent stretches sideways into the wheel housing providing this exceptional sports car an extremely masterful appearance. Immediately below the air intake, you will see a new, visually refined front spoiler that has been designed in a similar way to the splitters used in motor racing. The rear end, which is also derived from the Super Sport, is characterised by a double diffusor and a centrally positioned twin tailpipe.

Interior. Carbon fibre is also the dominant material in the interior (along with stainless metals such as Aluminium and Magnesium) of the Grand Sport Vitesse. Numerous interior parts are now made from carbon fibre in the 1,200 hp roadster. This includes the center console extension, a cover with EB logo in the rear-bulkhead leather trim (between the seat backrests) and the belt outlet covers on the seats. The décor on the center console, the door inserts and the adjoining trim on the instrument panel are also made from carbon fibre. The bi-color black trim parts (for example, in the roof console) are also new in the Grand Sport version, as is a special seat design for the Grand Sport Vitesse.

Configuration of the show vehicles. There is no end to the individualization options for the
Bugatti. Each one of the 350 Veyrons built is therefore completely unique. This also applies to the other models that Bugatti is exhibiting at the 2012 Beijing International Motor Show. The Grand Sport Vitesse is painted in all black with red rims in a diamond pattern. Its carmine red interior and seats showcase an aggressive, dynamic look that fits well with the positioning of the new Grand Sport Vitesse. It will cost 1.80 million euros. The classic Grand Sport, a sports car with an elegant, artistic orientation, will, of course, remain in the range. This year in Beijing, Bugatti is presenting a special model to pay homage to the year of the dragon. The one off Grand Sport model "Wei Long 2012" was developed together with the Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur Berlin and has been fitted with dragon relief sculptures on finest porcelain both on the body and in the cabin endowing the car with deep Chinese cultural heritage. With highly elaborated dragon sculptures on the oil and fuel cap, its white polished exterior and carmine red interior the "Wei Long 2012" shines with elegance and nobility. The headrests are embroidered with the Chinese "Dragon" character, and the handcrafted 100% silk floor mats are embossed with Chinese "Dragon" character. Highlight is the exquisite center piece with a white porcelain dragon relief sculpture with every detail of a dragon's body so vividly craved and elaborated. These unique and artistic Chinese features together with the breathtaking speed of the Bugatti Grand Sport of more than 400 km/h make the "Wei Long 2012" the dragon of the automotive industry. This one off model will cost 1.58 million euros.


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      thealzabo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who things the Bugatti Wei Long should have been a limousine?
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wei Long? it's the John Holmes of Bugatti. :)
      Tyler
      • 2 Years Ago
      haha this Dragon trend is getting hilariously out of hand....I mean I know it's the year of the dragon and all, but literally EVERY 'chinese special edition' car is just the normal car with gold and dragons embroidered everywhere. Is that all it takes to sell cars in China? hmmm
      silly4ily
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is not just against Bugatti, its for every auto maker. i understand money need to be made and China is the mother lode. But i am getting sick and tired of every auto maker making a limited China edition of their cars. all the while leaving the rest of the world left with the standard run of the mill cars. if it can sell their, it can sell here.
        jvshenderson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @silly4ily
        How do you think Europeans felt when Enzo Ferrari started putting tail fins on his cars and calling them the America and Superamerica?
          jvshenderson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jvshenderson
          Actually I think it doesn't have as much to do with direct profit from the special edition as it does with symbolism and marketing. Sure, they make extra money on a couple models, but most "Dragon" editions are such limited production that the profit is small. I think the automakers are trying to make Chinese consumers feel special for being Chinese, even if they can't personally have a "Dragon Edition" Ferrari or Rolls or Jeep. Say what you will about the rest of the world, there is a very good reason that automakers are "throwing their jewels" at the Chinese. Due to a number of factors (enormous population, rapidly expanding middle class, lack of a large used car market) the sales projections for the Chinese market in the next few years dwarf those of the rest of the world...
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @silly4ily
        There are a metric S***-gram of special editions in Europe. Mini is practically nothing but special editions. The Kia Soul was big for special editions as well.
      imag
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are you *trying* to use the same adjectives over and over? Every wealthy person is "obscenely". Every set of brakes are "massive". Is this some kind of in-joke?
      David Hu
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the white-red combo actually...except AGAIN, just like Ferrari, Rolls, and Jeep, I wish that Bugatti would have gone the extra mile of making the Chinese character for dragon less conventional. I know this doesn't make much difference to most people, but seeing that font on the headrest is like seeing a 911 having "Carrera" written in Times New Roman or Helvetica. It's exactly the same one as I have on my computer as "standard" brush style Chinese. God, you can hire a chinese calligrapher for probably $100 in China, but instead they print it out with Word. Ugh....SO CLOSE and yet so far.
      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh great,...a stream-lined Edsel.
      dwh8138
      • 2 Years Ago
      it actually only costs 128,000 to build. COMPLETE 128,000 TO BUILD COMPLETE
      karlInSanDiego
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, 4 hours and nobody else commented on the fact that they don't see the toilet? That lead was begging for it. I could just hear Xzbit telling Mad Mike he's gotta run sewer pipes out the side.
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @karlInSanDiego
        Yes 4 hours without the level of stupidity you were willing to bring to the table. Congratulations.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a one-off of a one-off of a one-off of a one-off of a one-off of a one-off of a one-off of a one-off. Veyron has to many "one-offs"
      • 2 Years Ago
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      george
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks like the door post came lose from the quarter panel to me.
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