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Bugatti sells the last Veyron

“An unprecedented chapter in automobile history has reached its climax,” says Bugatti’s president as the 450th and final production supercar is sold

 

For many years, the Bugatti Veyron has represented the pinnacle of production supercar development. The 16-cylinder car, capable of producing 1,200ps and 1,500Nm of torque, sprints from 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds, and was responsible for setting a world record speed of 431.072km/h in 2013.

Since the first Veyron rolled off the production line 10 years ago, the line has been limited to 450 units. The 300 coupes produced (the Veyron 16.4 with 1,001ps and the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport boasting 1,200ps) and the 150 roadsters (the 1,001ps Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport and the 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse with 1,200ps) became highly sought-after, and Bugatti has announced that the final vehicle – a Grand Sport Vitesse – has now been sold. The vehicle, with chassis number 450 and emblazoned with ‘La Finale’ was on display at the Geneva Motor Show.

The story of the Veyron’s development is well-known in the automotive industry. Bugatti developers were given four goals for their new vehicle: it should transfer more than 1,000ps to the road; top out at over 400km/h; sprint from 0-100km/h in less than three seconds; yet still be suitable (in Bugatti’s parlance) for driving to the opera.

In 2005, the Veyron 16.4 debuted; the Grand Sport followed in 2008; the Super Sport and the Grand Sport Vitesse launched in 2012.

The final Veyron, which was unveiled at Geneva alongside the car with chassis number 1, is destined for the Middle East after being snapped up by a customer from the region.

“In the Veyron, Bugatti has created an automobile icon and established itself as the world’s most exclusive supercar brand,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer, president of Bugatti Automobiles. “So far, no other car maker has managed to successfully market a product that stands for unique top-class technical performance and pure luxury in a comparable price/volume range. An unprecedented chapter in automobile history has reached its climax.”

 

9 March 2015

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