Ten years and 450 units. That’s the build story of the world’s fastest production car, the Bugatti Veyron.
Bugatti showcased the last Veyron built, or ‘Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse ‘La Finale’ to give it its full title, alongside chassis number one at the recent Geneva Motor Show.
Speaking of the Bugatti Veyron’s finale, Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., said: “As the most powerful and fastest production supercar in the world, the Veyron is a true benchmark. With a world record speed of 431.072 km/h, it has become an icon of longitudinal dynamics. The Veyron is justifiably at the head of the field.”
Three hundred coupes, along with 150 open-topped variants like chassis 450, have been completed to the four key specifications identified when the project first kicked into gear: Over 1000PS (736kW) power output, a top speed exceeding 400km/h, 0-100km/h in less than three seconds, all while still being ‘capable of driving to the opera’ in comfort and style.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘La Finale’ gains the uprated, 1200PS (883kW) version of the 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged W16 engine, while also generating 1500Nm. It can reach 100km/h in 2.6sec and hit 410km/h flat-out.
Designed to mimic the traditional Bugatti two-tone black-red colour scheme of Veyron number one, La Finale lifts the opulence factor to eleven as the exterior panels are all exposed carbon fibre.
The last Veyron’s wheels are also unique, the hubcaps milled from single aluminium blocks. The ‘relief’ on the wheel features a Bugatti elephant design, harking back to the famous pre-war Type 41 Royale’s radiator cap. A white-and-red leather theme dominates the interior, although the centre tunnel, centre console inserts, door panels and seat shells are of exposed red carbon fibre. Of course, the head restraints are adorned with ‘La Finale’ embroidery, while the Bugatti elephant makes another appearance inside, on the stowage compartment cover.
Where to next for Bugatti?
Rumours abound that the Veyron is to be replaced, and will have around 1118kW (1500bhp) from an updated W16, complete with direct-injection. Following recent trends, look for it to be lighter and more efficient, too.
For now, though, the sheer lunacy of the Veyron project is to be celebrated.