If there was ever a time for Shelby Super Cars to ramp up their efforts in overtaking the Bugatti, now would be that time. Bugatti just announced that the final unit of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport has been sold. Okay, maybe not sold, but it has been ordered by a customer in Europe who will take delivery of his supercar next autumn.
With the last of the 300 units sold, Bugatti will cease production of the supercar, at least in its hard top version. The company will still produce the vehicle in the Grand Sport trim.
"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," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
A leaked document about Bugatti’s future product planning revealed some very interesting facts about the company’s plans for the year. We already know that the final unit of the Veyron will be produced in December, but what we didn’t know was that the Galibier will be put into production as the Royale. That is, unless Bugatti is looking to unveil a entirely new supercar which we doubt. Look for the new Royale to be debuted in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Bugatti’s first Royale was launched back in 1927 and was the automotive answer to ultimate luxury. The large luxury car was originally powered by a 12.7-liter straight-eight, but the modern reincarnation will carry the same W16 engine found in the Veyron, linked to an electric motor, and reduced to about 850 HP. This engine will be mated to a dual-clutch gearbox.
Only six units were built of the original Royale during 1927-1933, even though 25 were planned. For the next installment of the luxury vehicle, Bugatti plans on selling 3,000 units in less than six years, each priced at about 1 million Euros ($1.4 million at the current rates).
It seems that Birdman aka Bryan Williams has already grown tired of the Exelero he purchased back in February. The American rapper recently purchased yet another vehicle to add to his collection and, although his new Bugatti Veyron isn’t as expensive as the Exelero, it’s equally as impressive.
The rapper seems to have a thing for the color red too, as his $2 million fire flame red Veyron matches his red helicopter. According to Birdman "red is a fly color. It’s hot; represents heat. It’s the flyest color out there and it just blinds me."
Hopefully the color won’t blind him too much considering he’ll now be sitting in a 1001 HP quad-turbocharged W16 supercar. The funny part about that is the rapper insists he is not one of those guys that likes speed: "I’ve gone on the interstate and busted, maybe, 160 [mph] going to the Heat game. Besides that, I don’t really play with speed. I ain’t one of them that play in that world. I do like it ’cause it’s fly and the fastest car in the world and it’s expensive, but I don’t like playing with too much speed."
Somehow, we don’t believe that, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now. However, he can bet on the fact that we’ll be watching closely for his next speeding ticket.
Hit the source link if you are interested in DUB magazine’s full interview with Birdman.
You know that time of the month when the bills arrive and you immediately have this sinking feeling in your stomach?
While we continuously fret about the rising costs of gas and electric bills, imagine the cringe coming out of the faces of people who own a Bugatti Veyron. You see, there are bills to pay and then there are Veyron maintenance bills to pay.
Some of you might say that people who own a Veyron need not worry about the maintenance it costs to keep one in tip-top shape considering they had the money to buy one in the first place. Although that may be true, it doesn’t make the whole scenario any cheaper. For starters - and we advise everybody to grab their seats first - a routine service for the Veyron runs up to around £13,000, which is around $21,000 based on current exchange rates. Yeah, for every time you bring the Veyron to the shop - we’re guessing around four to six times a year - you can actually buy a Mercedes E63 AMG...every year.
It took us a little while to be able to report on this simply because we were laughing so hard when we first saw it. Three thieves in Poland thought it would be a great idea to not only steal a Bugatti Veyron, but a one-off Grand Sport Sang Bleu - you know, the one created to celebrate Bugatti’s centenary in 2009. Oh, and it gets even better. These morons then went on to steal a BMW 7-Series and a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. Read on because it gets even better still.
After stealing the Veyron in Poland, the trio of hoodlums moved on to Oberrieden, Switzerland where they used the supercar to rob another house before they were pulled over by the police in Germany. That’s right, folks. They stole the car in Poland, robbed a house in Switzerland, and then got pulled over in Germany. Guess the old saying of, "three strikes and you’re out" rings true in this situation.
As a result of these extracurricular activities, the robbers will not only have to spend some time in the slammer, but they will also have to pay a tax bill of $522,000 because the stolen cars were registered in Switzerland. This is the point where everyone should just point and laugh at them.
Nice job, imbeciles. Maybe next time you can steal a greater number of exclusive vehicles and hit that $1 million mark!
Rapper, Flo Rida - aka Tramar Dillard - hit a Low in his personal life after deciding to jump into his red and black Bugatti Veyron. after indulging in a "few" drinks on Wednesday night. Apparently, the American rapper and singer proved the Club Can’t Handle Me when he was caught driving under the influence at about 4am somewhere in Miami.
The police officer making the arrest said Flo Rida had bloodshot eyes and was slurring his speech when he was pulled over. In an attempt to escape the usual roadside sobriety test , Flo Rida told the police: "Officer I can’t do this. I don’t feel I can walk a straight line. I had a few drinks." Upon taking a hit of the breathalyzer, the rapper scored a 0.185 alcohol level which is more than twice the legal limit. Of course "few" was not the correct word as the breathalyzer test measured .185 or more than twice the legal limit. Bad move, Flo.
Flo Rida was arrested and charged with a DUI after the failed sobriety test, even though a large crowd had gathered to defend the rapper and convince the men in blue to let him go. Of course, it didn’t help that he was also driving under a suspended license. Didn’t he learn anything from Paris Hilton?
Fans of the rapper can rest easy, though. Flo Rida easily posted the $2,000 bail needed to get him out of the clink and has been granted permission to head on overseas to Bangkok and Thailand for a series of gigs that had already been scheduled.
We know that it’s human nature to show off whatever kind of luxury vehicle you may have, but if the said ride is one Bugatti Veyron - you know, one of the fastest and most expensive cars in the world - we strongly urge anyone to exercise more caution before embarking on a dangerous stunt like this.
But alas, no matter how much money is paid for the car, there’s still no price for lack of better judgment. As this video will show, the owner of this Veyron felt the need to start hot-dogging his prized car, attempting to do a donut in front of a crowd. However, in doing so, he must have forgotten that there was a tire wall not too far away, bringing his showboating to an abrupt end when the rear of the Veyron bumped into the tire wall. Way to go, pal!
Now, the damage might not be that much considering he’s got the wad to pay for it, but we all know that maintenance and repairs for the Bugatti Veyron - however little they may be - don’t come cheap.
How do you succeed something that looks to be imminently irreplaceable?
That’s a question that everyone at Bugatti will be wondering when the time comes for the Bugatti Veyron to say farewell to all of us and give way to its successor. But if they are having some trouble thinking of a design for the Veyron successor, London-based designer Timur Bozca has a few ideas, including an odd choice of a name.
Bozca, an industrial designer from Coventry University of Automotive & Transport Design, understood that designing the supercar that would ultimately replace the iconic Veyron was easier said than done. So he went about working on a car that featured plenty of hard lines coupled with a more streamlined profile than the Veyron. Add a new front grille, a more aggressive fascia profile, and a touch of deep red and black, and you have Bozca’s work of art: the freakishly named Bugatti Lucifer.
Odd choice for a name notwithstanding, Bozca gave the Lucifer a powertrain that would make the Veyron proud: an 8.0-liter W16 engine that produces 1,001 horsepower and 890 lb/ft of torque mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with a top speed of somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 mph.
While we don’t necessarily agree with the name-of-choice, we have to give Timur Bozca some props for the craftily-designed Veyron successor because that is one mean-looking SOB.
About a month ago, Iranian-born fashion designer Bijan Pakzad unexpectedly passed away after suffering a stroke. The noted designer famous for dressing some of the most famous people in the world was more than just into fashion; the man was also one of the most avid car aficionados on the planet.
Bijan’s involvement in the auto industry saw him strike partnerships with a number of automakers, most notably that of Rolls-Royce and Bugatti. Bijan’s partnership with the latter was touched on by Bugatti Design Director, Achim Anscheidt, who on behalf of the company, released a video talking about the special edition Veyron Grand Sport that the designer worked on together with Bugatti.
In it, Anscheidt describes the development of the design of the special edition Veyron Grand Sport, from the unusual color scheme – high gloss, polished aluminum with Bijan Yellow running the whole length of the middle – to the Bijan trademark painted on the bonnet of the Veyron. Other notable elements of the special edition supercar include a two-tone set of diamond-cut wheels, trademarks and logos made from solid aluminum, and Bijan’s signature set on platinum and placed on the car’s rear spoiler. Inside, Bijan chose a yellow with black carbon fiber contrast with several unique details, including a personalized power meter and an iPad between the seats.
The Bijan-designed special edition Veyron Grand Sport was finished a couple of weeks ago, but unfortunately, the designer wasn’t able to introduce it to the world because of his sudden passing. Nevertheless, the car has Bijan’s imprint all over it and it immediately becomes a fitting “tribute car” to the man who loved his exotics as much as his wardrobe choices.
Fresh off the concept design of the Audi Trimaran comes another superfluous yacht concept that completely blew our minds. Courtesy of Ben Walsh, a graduate of the Royal College of Art and the man responsible for the interior of the Cadillac Converj concept, is this Bugatti Veyron-inspired superyacht concept design. Walsh, now a part of the interior design team of PSA PeugeotCitroen, designed his superyacht concept by taking cues from an exclusive version of the Bugatti Veyron: the Sang Bleu Edition.
A ton of props definitely goes to Ben Walsh for the stunning design of the concept yacht. The carbon fiber and aluminum construction of the boat and the two-tone finish that’s reminiscent of the Veyron Sang Bleu gives this futuristic hydroride a classy, sporty, and luxurious look, sort of like the equivalent of driving a Veyron Sang Bleu on asphalt. Except with this yacht concept, you’re laying waste to the waters of the world.
Unfortunately, there’s very little chance of seeing this concept yacht come to life. Nonetheless, it’s still a pretty awesome addition to our wish list.