Goed nieuws voor wie bij Bugatti zijn nieuwe cabrio had besteld. Ze zijn namelijk begonnen met de productie van 150 dakloze Veyron’s. Hopelijk heb je hem nog voor de zomer!
Zodra de betaling van een slordige 1,5 miljoen euro voltooid is kan je beginnen aftellen naar de dag waarop je kan genieten van de haren in de wind aan 300km/u. Mocht je toch terug 407km/u willen rijden, moet je gewoon je dak er weer opzetten. Bij een plotse regenbui kan je beroep doen op een stoffen dak, verstopt in de neus, dat jammergenoeg wel de topsnelheid beperkt tot 130km/u.
Het frame is verstevigd zodat je ten alle tijden veilig kan cruisen met je W16. Extra’s op deze supercar zijn een subliem geluidssysteem & een camera voor het achteruitzicht.
Production start for the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport
Media and customers complete first test drives
Cannes, May 2009 – Last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California was the setting for
the very first public presentation of the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport. The response was
extremely positive and now production of this roadster – limited to 150 units – is to begin at
Molsheim. At the same time, the media and customers are taking their first test drives.
The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport confronted the marque renowned for impeccable automotive
solutions, aesthetics and driving dynamics with a whole new set of challenges. In response to customer
demand, significant modifications have been made to the vehicle’s complex structure so as to enable opentop
driving, thereby adding a new dimension to this high-performance sports car. Incorporating a host of
new and innovative safety and equipment features, it is the world’s fastest and most exciting roadster. It is
immediately recognizable as a result of its slightly higher windscreen, stylized daytime running lights, and
lightweight, transparent polycarbonate roof.
The main challenge in developing the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport with its removable roof
resulted from the unique structure of the fixed-roof Bugatti Veyron. An optimum combination of rigidity
and lightweight engineering ensures the monocoque passenger cell of the original model is extremely
strong, while weighing an absolute minimum . As the roof is an integral part of the vehicle’s structure,
removing it meant the load paths had to be completely redesigned to maintain the vehicle’s rigidity and
crash safety, and to offer additional protection from side impacts and rolling.
As a result, the monocoque structure has been reinforced around the side skirts and the transmission
tunnel. The B-pillars have been cross-stiffened using a carbon fibre support, and a central carbon plate has
been positioned beneath the transmission tunnel to ensure the vehicle suffers from less torsional flexing
than any other roadster.
The doors of the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport are made of carbon fibre, and house an integrated
longitudinal beam. In the event of an accident, this transfers the load from the A to the B-pillar, thereby
dissipating impact energy. Furthermore, the two redesigned air intakes for the 16-cylinder mid-engine
now feature 10-centimetre wide carbon-fibre elements to offer protection in the event of a roll.
Along with moisture-resistant, backstitched leather, a range of new equipment features has been added to
the interior, including a reversing camera with 2.7-inch monitor integrated in the rear-view-mirror, and
the “Puccini” sound system with digital signal processor.
When the roof is closed, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport can reach 407 km/h, while speeds of up to
360 km/h are possible with the roof off. Should it rain, an innovative soft-top roof, like an umbrella,
stored in the luggage compartment, can be opened up at any time. With this soft top in place, the car can
travel at up to 130 km/h.
More than just an open Veyron
“When I had the chance to test-drive the new Grand Sport for the first time myself, I was filled with
excitement”, said Pierre Henri Raphanel, Bugatti’s Pilot official, “as soon I shifted into second gear, I knew
this was a completely different car. I could immediately feel the difference. Even with the roof still on, in
the tips of my fingers and at the base of my spine everything was more present, more intimate. More
precise with less understeer, almost as if you had taken away some filters from the suspension and the
steering.” The former Le Mans winner has probably driven more kilometres in a Veyron than anyone else,
presenting the car to numerous customers and the press. Taking off the roof “the excitement comes
directly from the engine – giving you the feeling that you had a horsepower factory just thirty centimetres
behind your head, trying to suck you up and swallow you,” he raves.
Assembled by hand at the company’s headquarters in Molsheim, Alsace, the Grand Sport will be delivered
from July 2009 onwards at a price of 1.4 million euros (excluding taxes and transportation). Just 150 units
will be made, with the first 50 of these going exclusively to registered Bugatti customers. So far 30 Grand
Sports have been ordered. The Chassis Number one auctioned at the Pebble Beach Auction by
Gooding and Company last summer and sold for 3.19 million Dollar. The additional revenues
of 900.000 Dollar were donated by Bugatti to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation Charity.