When Bugatti introduced the Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale, the "last production unit" of the supercar, at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, I honestly believed it would be the last Veyron to emerge from Molsheim. As it turns out, I was wrong, as a bespoke model delivered back in January just surfaced in the Interwebs to steal the show. It goes by the name Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Cristal Edition and was created for a Chinese collector who commissioned it for his girlfriend. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you fancy pink accents on a supercar.
Yup, this Veyron was wrapped in a two-tone, white-and-pink livery, which is probably why Bugatti didn’t bother to issue a press release or give it a proper introduction at an automotive event. With most Veyrons linked to classic Bugattis one way or another, I can understand why the French opted for a quiet delivery. On the other hand, the Cristal Edition isn’t the first pink Veyron to roam the streets, but more about that in the detailed review below.
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As the world waits for the arrival of the Chiron, Bugatti has announced that the sun has officially set on that car’s predecessor, the Veyron. After 10 years of setting speed records around the world, Bugatti has produced the final Veyron ever, and it is aptly named “La Finale.”
Now, before you get up hopes of snatching up the last-ever Veyron, you’re too late. "La Finale" is already sold. However, the owner was kind enough to let the French showcase it at the Geneva Motor Show. where it will be displayed alongside the first-ever production Veyron from 2005. That should make for an incredible show stand!
La Finale represents the 450th example of the Veyron, and the 150th roadster model. To put that into context, Bugatti sold as many Veyrons in a decade that Ford sells F-Series trucks in the U.S. each day… before lunch. Wolfgang Dürheimer, president of Bugatti Automobiles, said that “an unprecedented chapter in automobile history has reached its climax” with the Veyron’s conclusion, but with the Chiron on the horizon (rumored for a 2017 introduction), there’s an entirely new chapter waiting to be written.
Updated 03/02/2015: Bugatti unveiled the official details and specs on the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse "La Finale" - the last Veyron that the company will build before bringing a new successor for the supercar.
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Bugatti rocked the supercar world in 2005 by releasing the Veyron, its first production vehicle since the EB110, which was discontinued in 1995. Initially powered by a quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine that cranked out 987 horsepower, the Veyron was later updated and gifted with no less than 1,183 ponies and 1,106 pound-feet of torque. The French supercar is mostly know for being the fastest street-legal production car in the world, with a record sitting at 267.856 mph. Its roadster version, the Grand Sport Vitesse, holds the same benchmark for the world’s fastest open-top with a top speed of 254.04 mph. With only 15 units left to be built as of August 2014, Bugatti is sending the Veyron into the history books with yet another unique iteration, this time around created for an unnamed customer in Singapore.
Suggestively named "1 of 1," this bespoke Veyron was crafted using the same recipe that made Bugatti famous. However, there’s twist to the "1 of 1", which comes with more than a custom paintjob and a personalized interior. Not that these features are something to sneeze at, but it goes to show that Bugatti is capable of taking its customization program even further. Read on to find out why.
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Bugatti stunned the entire world in 2005 by releasing the Veyron, its first production vehicle in 10 years. At first it was powered by a quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine rated at 987 horsepower, which was later uprated to deliver 1,183 ponies. It is mostly know for being the fastest street-legal production car in the world, with a record sitting at 267.856 mph. Its roadster version, the Grand Sport Vitesse, holds the same benchmark for the world’s fastest open-top with a top speed of 254.04 mph. Set to go out of production sometime in 2015, the Veyron is bidding the supercar market farewell through a series of "Les Legendes de Bugatti" special-edition models. The final version of the series — in all the series includes six special editions — pays tribute to Bugatti founder and designer Ettore Bugatti and Bugatti unveiled it just ahead of its official launch at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
As with most "Legends" Veyrons, it pays tribute to a very special person and an iconic Bugatti model from the company’s glorious past. This time around the French selected the Type 41 Royale, a 21-foot-long luxury car built in only six units between 1927 and 1933. Needless to say, this is a great way to send the current Veyron into the history books, while an even more impressive successor is being developed.
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The Bugatti Veyron, the world’s fastest production car in its Super Sport guise, is nearly ten years old. Although in today’s automotive industry ten years on the market make a car obsolete, the Veyron is here to stay until the manufacturer sells its remaining stock. About a year ago, Bugatti’s stock included 50 units of the Grand Sport Vitesse roadster.
I have to be honest with you guys, I’ve never been a fan of the Veyron. Mainly because it was developed as a speed record car. It’s the result of Bugatti’s obsession with the McLaren F1, the production supercar that held the world record from 1993 until 2005. Unlike the Veyron, which can reach an intoxicating 267.85 mph on an oval track, the F1 was also a successful race car, proving itself at Le Mans.
Of course, with a luxurious interior and badge that speaks for itself, the Veyron is more than just a gas-guzzling, tire-wearing machine. Now that the supercar has reached its final months on the market, Bugatti has decided to sweeten up the deal with half a dozen of very exclusive models launched under the "Les Legendes de Bugatti" flag.
With the first four version already launched and sold out, the French automaker has just introduced the fifth special-edition model — the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess. Based on the record-setting roadster, the Black Bess pays tribute to a Type 18 model that was built in 1913 and delivered to aviation pioneer Roland Garros.
Named after an English race horse, the Type 18 Black Bess was built around one of the fastest pre-war Bugattis, a two-seater that was powered by more than 100 horsepower that propelled it to a top speed of 100 miles per hour. It doesn’t seem much nowadays, but it was lightning-fast in the 1910s.
Updated 06/12/2014: Bugatti unveiled a cool promo video for the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess. Check it out in the "Videos" tab. Enjoy!
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Missed out on the first three models of Bugatti’s Legends Series?
Don’t worry, because Bugatti has a new one out that should give you more reason to part with $2.7 million.
This time around, Bugatti is paying homage to Rembrandt Bugatti, the brother of founder Ettore Bugatti and considered as one of the most famous sculptors of the 20th century.
The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt Bugatti Edition distinguishes itself with a bronze clear-coated carbon exterior — a tip of the hat to the preferred material Rembrandt Bugatti used in many of his sculptures. Just below it on the lower area of the car, a light brown shade was used to make the two-tone finish pop more than it already does.
This is a Veyron after all, and even the minimal attempts at "popping-out" the color can be construed as unnecessary, but for the price customers have to pay and the uber-limited nature of the supercar — it’s limited to three units — these types of things distinguish it from other Veyrons.
Aside from the colors, you might also notice that the Bugatti horseshoe and the EB logo on the back of the car were given a platinum look, and the oil cap features a laser etching of Rembradnt’s signature. Rounding out the exterior aesthetics of this Veyron are alloy wheels that have been painted in two shades of brown — "Firefinch" and "Light Noix" — visually complementing the rustic bronze color of the supercar.
Moving inside, Bugatti’s choice of leather for the cabin is a light brown "Cognac" leather upholstery with the dancing elephant ornament on the rear center box. Apparently, Rembrandt Bugatti loved sculpting elephants and this particular one was also used as the hood ornament for the Bugatti Type 41 Royale.
Other features of note on the interior include a platinum EB logo on the steering wheel, the same bronze clear-coated carbon finish on the center console and braided leather for the door trims.
With the arrival of the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, Bugatti’s Legends Series now adds up to four released models with only two left to be showcased at a later date.
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It’s understandable that Bugatti’s Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt Bugatti Edition will get a lot of the love at the Geneva Motor Show. But don’t start thinking that it’s the only Veyron in attendance because Mansory won’t have any of it.
That’s because the Swiss tuner brought its own Veyron to the party, or to be more specific, its new Vivere program for the mighty Bugatti supercar.
This isn’t the first time Bugatti has been the subject of Mansory’s tender love and affection. But unlike its predecessor, the Vincero, the Vivere is, shall we say, a little more comprehensive on the facelift front, even if there’s a conspicuous absence of any sort of engine upgrade.
Maybe Mansory forgot to add one, or it just thought the program was best suited for aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades only. Either way, it sure does liven up the Veyron, even if "livening up the Veyron" doesn’t necessarily translate to a better program.
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Bugatti’s "Les Légendes de Bugatti" series has produced some pretty serious special edition Veyrons. The company has already revealed two of them and recently, the French automaker took to the Dubai Motor Show to introduce us to the third.
The model is officially called the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Meo Constantini. If you’re not familiar with the man, Constantini was a close friend of Ettore Bugatti and was also the head of the Bugatti factory race team for a number of years. So yeah, the two were pretty close and Meo was even a pretty good racecar driver, having won the Targa Florio twice while driving a Type 35.
As for the special edition Veyron, the model distinguishes itself via a number of styling references attributed to the Type 35. The classic blue racing colors - Bugatti calls it "Bugatti Dark Blue Sport" - are an homage to France’s racing heritage. Take a closer look and you’ll notice that a number of components on the body have been rendered in aluminum, including the wings, doors, and the "medallions." These aluminum parts were actually hand-polished and coated with clear lacquer, giving it a pristine shine when under the sun. Meanwhile, on the underside of the rear wing, you’re going to see a silhouette of the historic Targa Florio race course where Constantini scored two victories while his signature was laser-engraved into the aluminum tank and oil caps, all while painted in silver.
Inside, "Gaucho" leather was used to upholster the cabin and complemented pretty nicely by a "Lake Blue" trim on the seat’s side cushions, arm rests, extended center console, door panels, dash panel, instrument panel and steering wheel. Constantini’s signature is also present in the cabin, this time embroidered on the head restraints using a "Bugatti Light Blue Sport" color. The Targa Florio race track is there, too, at cover of the rear center box. Look at the car’s doors and you can take a closer look at various racing scenes from Constantini’s career and vintage car motifs, all laser-engraved into the leather trim.
No power upgrades were made, but the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Meo Constantini still packs an 8.0-liter, W-16 quad-turbo engine that develops 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque, good enough to allow the car to hit 62 mph in 2.6 seconds with a top speed of 253 mph.
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The common response to hearing news like losing almost $6 million per Veyron sold is to make a well-crafted press release calling for an understanding of priorities.
But that’s not Bugatti’s style.
What the French automaker does best it seems is to build special edition Veyrons, even if it costs them millions just to get one model on the road.
Recently, Bugatti took a Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, dressed it up real nice, and aptly named it after one of the world’s fastest rising classical musicians. This, dear friends, is the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Lang Lang Edition.
The ode to the classical pianist is clearly evident just by looking at the Veyron’s two-tone, black and white finish, which was inspired by the colors of a concert grand piano.
Moving inside, the door panels of the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse continue the color treatment with white leather covers coming with black contrast stitching, something Bugatti says should remind people of ‘note lines." Continuing the piano inspiration are the number of gold plates made available throughout the cabin, including the EB badge on the steering wheel, center clasp, and even the fuel filler cap.
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Do you remember the teaser image posted by Bugatti on its Facebook account the other days? We were hoping it was showing the successor for the current Veyron supercar, but unfortunately the car teased there is just a new special edition Veyron from the "Bugatti Legends" series. Guess we didn’t read far enough between the lines...
The first of the "Legend" lineup was unveiled at Pebble Beach in August, and it paid tribute to Bugatti Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille. The second special edition will be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and pays tribute to Jean Bugatti, the eldest son of Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti, and former designer and test driver for Bugatti.
The new Veyron Jean Bugatti edition was inspired by the Type 57SC Atlantic — the best model ever designed by Jean Bugatti. This special edition is constructed entirely from jet black, clear-coated carbon fiber, and it features platinum insertions on the staple Bugatti horseshoe on the front grille and the EB logo on the rear. It sits on black, diamond-cut alloy wheels.
For the interior, Bugatti is offering the same beige and brown tones used in the original Type 57SC Atlantic: the seats, instrument panel, steering wheel, dash panel, center console, door trim panels and windscreen cross member are chocolate brown, while Bugatti added contrasting beige on the center console, foot well, outer door trim panels and handle recesses.
Just like any other Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, this special model carries an 8.0-liter, W-16 engine that cranks out 1,200 horsepower and 1,500 Nm (1,106 pound-feet) torque at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm. This power affords it a 0-to-100 km/h (0-to-62 mph) sprint of just 2.6 seconds.
This special edition is limited to only three units, and each carries a price tag of €2.28 million (about $3 million at the current exchange rates).
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In every company in the world, there are people that have helped elevate it to supremacy and some companies see it fit to celebrate its heroes. Bugatti is doing just that by preparing a series of six individual Veyron models, specially developed to pay tribute to the people that "have played a crucial role in its history and which have helped creating its mystique."
The first from this special series is called Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse "Jean-Pierre Wimille" Edition and, as its name suggests, it pays tribute to Jean-Pierre Wimille — a racecar driver that brought two Le Mans victories to Bugatti.
This special edition was inspired by the Bugatti 57G Tank that won the Le Mans in 1937. It comes with a two-tone paint job that features blue clear-coated carbon fiber and a light Wimille Bleu. Under the hood, this Bugatti Veyron stays bone stock, leaving it at the amazing 8-liter W-16 engine that delivers 1,200 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque.
The model will be making its world debut at the US The Quail/Pebble Beach set to take place from 16 to 18 August.
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A few days ago, Bugatti dropped a teaser image of what we thought would be the company’s long-rumored 1,600-horsepower Bugatti SuperVeyron. However, it looks like the teaser image was in fact for a special Veyron Vitesse WRC Limited Edition built to celebrate the company’s latest record.
A Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse with Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu behind the wheel scored a new record for the company: it managed to hit a top speed of 254.04 mph. The result was achieved at the Volkswagen Group’s proving grounds in Ehra-Lessien and was officially confirmed by German organization for Technical Inspection and Certification TÜV.
The special edition Veyron Vitesse WRC will be limited to only eight units and will be priced at €1.99 million (or $2.6 million at the current exchange rates).
Updated 04/26/2013: Bugatti has unveiled a first official video for the Veyron Vitesse WRC Limited Edition that was unveiled a few days ago in Shanghai. The video offers a few shots from the car’s record-breaking exploits and offers a few more details on the supercar. Enjoy!
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The third - and last - special edition developed by Bugatti for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is the 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Fire Finch Bronze Carbon. As its name suggest, this special edition is painted in a nice "Fire Finch" tone - a color composition called "Ying & Yang" – used here for the first time.
Bronze-colored carbon was used for the car’s rear, the cowlings, the roof frame and on the A-pillars. A complementary brown "Fire Finch" has been used for the side panels, the rear air intake grilles and the exterior mirrors. The ventilation grilles and brake calipers are offered in a neutral black.
For the interior, Bugatti combined a powerful orange ("Burnt Orange") and a dark brown ("Coffee"). The steering wheel spokes, steering wheel center and 12 o’clock ring are in a polished-aluminum finish. To help set the interior off, Bugatti used Orange highlight stitching on the Coffee-colored leather center tunnel.
This one-off edition will be priced at €1.95 million - around $2.5 million at the current exchange rates.
While makers like Ferrari and Lamborghini have unveiled their latest creations at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti decided to only offer three one-off editions based on the current roadsters offered by the company.
The first one is a 16.4 Grand Sport Green Carbon - a model built to pay tribute to the Bugatti Royale built between 1926 and 1933.
On this special edition, the complete rear end, the engine cowlings, the roof trim strips, the door sills, the lower area of the front apron and the front bonnet are all painted in Green Carbon, while all the rest of the body features a very cool paint finish.
The car’s front wings and exterior mirror housings are in polished aluminum, while the 20-inch wheels feature a combination of green and silver two-tone Diamond Cut finish. The model also featues the motif of a dancing elephant - reminiscent of the Art Deco bonnet figure designed by Rembrandt Bugatti.
The same green-silver theme continues on the interior, where Bugatti combined green leather with silver contrast seams on the seats, the steering wheel rim and the gear lever.
This one-off Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Green Carbon is priced at €1.92 million (about $2.5 million at the current exchange rates).
Bugatti came to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with two specially designed Grand Sport Vitesses that want to prove the almost infinite range of exterior themes offered by Bugatti. The first Vitesse to be displayed at the show features a very cool Black Carbon treatment.
The model is distinguished by enlarged air intakes on each side of the radiator grille, lower air slit running back along the side to the wheel housings, a double diffuser and centrally positioned twin tailpipe. The supercar’s body is covered in black carbon and is combined with the brake calipers and the exterior mirror housings offered in blue along with the roof trim and the grille in polished aluminum.
For the interior, Bugatti is using a combination of Beluga Black and brown Gaucho leather. The cockpit, the three-spoke wheel and the center tunnel feature blue stitching, while carbon insertions are used on the door inserts, in the center console extension, on the iPad stowage surround, on the belt exit point trims on the seats and on a cover carrying the EB logo.
This one-off Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Black Carbon is priced at €2.02 million (about $2,6 million at the current exchange rates).