Click above for hi-res gallery of the Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermes
We know what you're thinking, because we're in the same lamentable position ourselves: you'd totally order up that uber-exclusive Hermes edition Veyron, but you're not a big fan of the brown and tan paint scheme. Fortunately Bugatti has heard your cries, brother, and announced the availability of new color options for the Veyron Fbg.
The announcement actually came from Monterey but was quickly overshadowed, somewhat ironically, by the unveiling of the open-top Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport and the subsequent auction of its first example for $3.2 million. The unveiling of the new-tint Hermes Veyrons took place at the Quail motorsport gathering on Monterey Peninsula, where Bugatti revealed the four new color schemes available: "indigo blue and vermilion", "indigo blue and lime green", " black and garance red" and "Prussian blue and blue jean". We're not entirely sure what all these colors are, exactly, and given that Bugatti put them in quotation marks, we're not sure they're sure, either. They undoubtedly would have shown us pictures of all four, but given that these 1.5 million euro hyper-exotics are made to order and available only from the end of the year, we doubt examples of each color option have been made yet. Of course they all come decked out with the H-pattern grille, eight-spoke wheels, lavish calfskin interior and exclusive package of specially-made Hermes luggage.
Follow the jump for all the details, and check out the gallery below to see the new black and "garance red" Veyron Fbg par Hermes, which we like to call the "Autoblog Edition".
NEW COLOUR COMBINATIONS FOR THE "BUGATTI VEYRON FBG PAR HERMÈS"
Monterey, 15th August 2008. The "Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès", revealed to the public at the Geneva
Motor Show in March this year, will be presented on Friday, 15th August at "The Quail, a Motorsport
Gathering" on the Monterey Peninsula. This show has become the highlight in what is a whirlwind of ten
days of events every August, when car enthusiasts from around the world gather in Monterey to celebrate
the ultimate in automotive design and engineering.
This unique version of the "Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès" was first launched in Geneva in complimentary
tones of ebony and étoupe and ebony and brick. In order to give the customer a wider range of options
Hermès and Bugatti have developped four new colours schemes in line with the heritage and the values
of the two houses. Therefore, the "Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès" is now also available in these exclusive
combinations : "indigo blue and vermilion", "indigo blue and lime green", " black and garance red" and
"Prussian blue and blue jean".
The «Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès" associates Bugatti's technical performance with the expertise of Hermès
and its craftsmen. In partnership with Hermès, designer Gabriele Pezzini has married the distinctive Hermès
style to the legendary Bugatti Veyron 16.4, magnifying the car's personality.
This remarkable car features an array of exceptional characteristics: the innovative alliance of a technologically
advanced engine, delivering 1001 horsepower, with an understated yet uncompromising silhouette reflecting
the high performance capacities of state-of-the-art engineering and design, and above all, the pleasure these
inspire in every Bugatti owner.
The fascination exerted by this sports coupé, capable of reaching 407 km/h, is due in large part to its unique
alliance of the very finest motor-racing technology with comfortable handling for everyday driving.
The 16-cylinder "W" configuration engine is fed by four turbochargers and features 64 valves, generating
1001 horsepower at 6000 rpm. The engine draws on its 8-litre displacement to deliver a maximum torque
of 1250 Newton-metres between 2200 and 5500 rpm. With full-time all-wheel drive, the car's phenomenal
power produces breath-takingly dynamic handling, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 2.5
seconds. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 benefits from aeronautical and aerospace technologies, making it the
fastest production car ever made. The car also features a braking system designed to deliver unprecedented
powers of deceleration, establishing a new industry benchmark. The carbon-fibre discs provide brake pressure
of up to 180 bars, combined with eight-piston monobloc callipers and titanium pistons fitted with fine steel
heads and ceramic heat protectors. Apply the brakes at speeds above 200 km/h, and the rear wing acts as an
airbrake, positioning itself at an angle of 113 degrees in less than 0.4 seconds, augmenting the Bugatti Veyron's
already impressive stopping power. The airbrake increases negative lift at the rear of the car to 300 kg,
enhancing the braking torque on the rear axle. At 400 km/h, emergency braking will bring the sports car to
a complete halt in less than 10 seconds.
This, the world's most fascinating car, has pushed back the limits of physical engineering to offer a completely
new sensation for driver and passenger alike. But it has also adopted a radically different stance to that of
other sports cars: its features and finish are sure to impress the most demanding clientele. Hermès and designer
Gabriele Pezzini have lavished attention on the interior and exterior of this exceptional car, to create the
new Bugatti Veyron 16.4: the "Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès".
A HARMONIOUS DESIGN, INSIDE AND OUT
The official name of the highly exclusive Bugatti Veyron "Fbg par Hermès" refers to the historic Hermès
headquarters on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, in the heart of Paris's eight arrondissement: the "Fbg"
appellation evokes the house's "faubourg" address.
With the Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès, the exacting standards of Émile Hermès and Ettore Bugatti come
together for the first time, in an exceptional collaboration: the culmination of their extreme attention to
aesthetic and technological quality and performance.
Gabriele Pezzini has reinterpreted Bugatti's traditional two-toned carriage work, fostering a fluid, harmonious
transition between the car's exterior and interior design. The colour of the hood extends to the interior of
the cockpit, and re-emerges behind, at the level of the rear wing.
As a tribute to the celebrated 1924 Bugatti Type 35, undoubtedly the most famous of all time, thanks to its
many successes on the racetrack, the new Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès features eight-spoked wheels in
polished aluminium, central butterfly wheel locks branded with the letter H, and air vents around the rims
reproducing the characteristics appearance of Hermès saddle-stitching. The horseshoe radiator grille, and
the lateral ventilation grilles flanking it, are made from lightweight alloys with a design of interlocking H's
evoking the Hermès "signature".
A REFINED FORMAL VOCABULARY
The inner surfaces of the Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès have been designed and sheathed in bull calfskin
by the Hermès workshops in Paris. The care and attention to detail observe an extremely refined, minimalist
formal vocabulary, reflecting the tradition of the very first Bugattis and the fundamental design principles of
the house of Hermès. The door handles echo the fluid forms of handles on Hermès travel bags and luggage.
And the dashboard, traditionally finished in brushed aluminium, is here clad entirely in bull calfskin. Passengers
aboard the Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès will find a dashboard glove compartment designed to hold a
selection of small travel accessories and a zipped Hermès wallet. Both seats are covered in two-toned bull
calfskin, and the panel separating the cockpit from the central rear engine – traditionally made of carbon
fibre- is covered in the same fine leather. The leather-lined trunk holds a specially-fitted "Toile H" and
leather case, hand-made by the craftmen from the Hermès workshops.
This exceptional car is priced at 1.55 million Euros (not including taxes) and is available at the end of 2008.