The Bugatti Veyron was unveiled in 2005 and since then, a total of 400 units were produced. Considering that only 450 units were supposed to be produced, that means that only 50 units are left. So, if you plan to buy a Veyron , you had better get to writing a big check soon.
The 400th Veyron produced was a Grand Sport Vitesse "Jean-Pierre Wimille" edition specially developed for a customer in the Middle East who paid €2.13 million for it — $2.9 million at the current exchange rates, excluding taxes and transport. With this unit, the Vitesse "Jean-Pierre Wimille" special edition is officially sold out.
From all the 450 units, 300 were coupes and 150 units were roadsters. The roadster model has only sold 100 units so far, so that mean all the 50 remaining units are roadster models — more precisely, Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse and other variants.
"With the Veyron, Bugatti has established itself as the most exclusive and most luxurious super sports car brand in the world. The Veyron is a unique success story and sets a high standard for the future of Bugatti,’ said Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S with this occasion.
Click past he jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Vitesse "Jean-Pierre Wimille."
In the latest episode of Drive, Cris Harris receives a little surprise, as he was invited to drive BMW’s M3 DTM racecar . Now that’s a real surprise, as this is about as close to hitting the automotive lottery as one can get.
Harris tries to understand what makes the M3 DTM so special and how Bruno Spengler could score such impressive results with the racecar . After a short overview of the car, he got behind the wheel and the fun began. Harris seemed too have no trouble controlling a car that develops 480 horsepower, goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph, but then again, he is used to cars like that.
As usual. Harris had all the fun in the world behind the wheel, so his review is a must see. We assure you that this one video that will make you envy him in the end.
When it comes to the McLaren P1 and its Nurburgring lap time, we’ve heard all sorts of rumors. The only problem regarding these rumors is that McLaren only said that the7:03 lap time achieved back in September was a little bit slow, and that the P1 can do much better.
Now, in order to prove its statement, McLaren brought the P1 back to the "Green Hell" in an attempt to drop the lap time under seven minutes. Did McLaren achieve its goal? Apparently so, but McLaren was not kind enough to share the number with us, as all it said was that they took the P1 to Germany to "to go faster, push harder and brake later," just to lap the Nordschleife in under seven minutes.
Lets just hope a final lap time number will be released in the near future. Until then, at least we have a cool video to watch!
One of the hottest SUV concepts to appear this year — the Lexus LF-NX — will not remain just a concept much longer, according to reports. Cue all the rejoicing from fans of this absolutely wicked crossover!
The news comes by way of Auto Express, who spoke with Lexus ’ European director Paul Van der Burgh about the future of the concept crossover. According to Van der Burgh, customer demand spurred the decision for the automaker to green light a production model of the LF-NX. Even better, the production version of the concept will receive many of the striking exterior details of the concept, a development that could turn the LF-NX into one of the sickest looking crossovers /SUVs this side of the upcoming Lamborghini Urus.
No word yet on what kind of powertrain the production LF-NX is going to carry. The concept that appeared last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show carried a 2.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine working with an electric motor while the turbo model that was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show just last month featured a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with D-4S and VVT-i combustion technologies.
The production LF-NX is expected to go on sale sometime in the summer of 2014, making it one of the most eagerly anticipated new crossovers of the next year. Lexus will show the LF-NX’s production variant at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show .
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Last week, the upcoming Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake was, once again, caught testing on public roads in Stuttgart, Germany. Now, Mercedes has taken it for another testing session, but this time on the roads of Arjeplog in Northern Sweden, for a little winter testing.
It’s no surprise to see the Mercedes CLA receiving a shooting brake version, considering it is the baby-brother of the CLS, which also has a shooting brake version.
As for the CLA Shooting Brake, it will feature a design language similar to the sedan, with except of that sweet shooting brake tail, which looks identical to the CLS Shooting Brake ’s tail.
Under its hood, the upcoming CLA Shooting Brake will feature the same engine lineup as the sedan, including a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine offered in two output levels — 121 horsepower and 154 horsepower — and an AMG version with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit that delivers 330 horsepower.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake.
Customers of the Bugatti Veyron in North America are in for a treat, as if having the capabilities to buy one of the most expensive cars in the world isn’t good enough.
If you happen to be a prospective customer of Bugatti and you’re in line to buy one of its multi-million-dollar supercars , the French automaker will give you a chance to take one of its own out for a spin. And by "one of its own", we mean the world’s fastest convertible, the mighty Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse .
The recently-launched Bugatti Dynamic Drive Experience allows you to see whether you made the right decision in signing up for a Veyron and while we can’t imagine a reason for somebody to renege on their interest after driving the car, the Dynamic Drive Experience is the perfect way for prospective owners to find out if they could handle the heat of owning one of the world’s fastest, most powerful, and most expensive supercars.
The first Dynamic Drive Experience was recently held in Las Vegas with Bugatti indicating that more stops in cities across the U.S. and Canada are being planned.
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As amazing as this may sound, the AMG Gran Vision Turismo will make it to production! Unfortunately, Mercedes will be the developer, but a custom builder whom will use the brand new 2014 SLS AMG GT as the base car. The production version will be limited to only five units and one is already sold. Of these five units, two will be available in the Middle East, two in Europe and one in the U.S. As you can imagine, price will be monumental — $1.5 million, to be exact.
The production version of the Vision Concept will feature a carbon-fiber body kit that will the SLS AMG GT’s total weight by about 200 pounds. It will feature a chrome paint job and will come with a retractable rear spoiler and custom exhaust. The car will also ride on custom ADV.1 wheels and will feature a modified interior, with color designed according to the customer’s request.
We assume that the engine will be the SLS AMG GT’s 6.3-liter V-8, but we have yet to confirm this.
We have reached out to the manufacturer to get some more information on the vehicle, and we will bring you a full review once we receive all of the information.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo.
AMG was originally founded in 1967 as a manufacturer of racing engines. Originally, the company was an independent engineering firm, but in 1990, DaimlerChrysler took a controlling interest, followed by a full takeover in 2005.
Initially AMG started with designing and testing racing engines, and later on it moved to building custom road cars based upon standard Mercedes cars, which remains its main focus today.
AMG models are defined by a more aggressive exterior look, more powerful engines and upgraded performance figures. The current models are generally offered with a 5.5 liter, V-8 twin-turbo engine - the models wearing a "63" in their nomenclature and a 6.0 liter, V-12 BiTurbo engine in the model with "65" in their names. Most recently, however, AMG has added a 2.0-liter, inline-four cylinder engine to its arsenal for compact Mercedes models, and they typically don the "45" nomenclature.
Check out the video to learn a few more things on the AMG history,
We all know that the LaFerrari is one of the sexiest hybrid supercars available now, but it looks like the Italiam automaker has something else up its sleeve.
A very strange LaFerrari mule was caught testing at the Fiorano racetrack. We say strange because it did not have the exhaust note of a a normal LaFerrari. It sounded a lot more like the note from the turbocharged V-6 engine that we will see in Formula 1 next year.
We are not too sure why Ferrari would test an F1 engine in the LaFerrari, but we’re sure some light will be shined on the topic soon enough. Our best guess is that the mule has an easy way of swapping the drivetrain out, which would have made initial drivetrain testing easier, so Ferrari is using the old LaFerrari mule as a tester for its new F1 engine, given it can easily install and remove the drivetrain. Then again, we are just speculating on that.
Shortly after unveiling the absolutely scintillating Red Bull X2014 , Sony and Polyphony Digital decided to give us all a peek at what we can expect with all of its Vision Gran Turismo Concepts . Yup, the two companies weren’t just content with just one teaser image; they decided to give us a tease of a handful of vehicles that will appear as part of the Vision Gran Turismo Concepts.