Molsheim/Geneva, 2 March 2015.
Bugatti celebrated the Veyron with a première of the “La Finale” Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, the 450th and last Bugatti Veyron. All 450 Bugatti Veyrons – comprising 300 coupés and 150 open-tops – have now been sold, with the 1st and 450th on display together at Geneva.
It’s now 10 years since the first Veyron rolled out of the company’s Molsheim factory; 10 years of achievement including a world record speed of 431.072 km/h and the accolade of being the most powerful and fastest production supercar in the world.
The development of the Bugatti Veyron represented one of the greatest technical and engineering challenges ever overcome in the automotive history. At the time, Bugatti developers were faced with four key specifications: the car had to transfer more than 1,000 PS onto the road, achieve a top speed in excess of 400 km/h, accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds and – the biggest challenge of all – still be suitable for ‘driving to the opera’ in comfort and style.
In addition to its stunning performance, it is this everyday practicality and suitability for comfortable, luxurious travel which makes the Veyron so unique, and which sets it apart from all other supercars and hyper cars on the market.
The 450th Veyron: Grand Sport Vitesse “La Finale”
The last of the 450 Veyron supercars is the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse “La Finale”. It draws its sheer force from a 1,200 PS, 8-litre, W16 engine which provides a breathtaking maximum torque of 1,500 Nm. It sprints from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.6 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 410 km/h.
“When designing the “La Finale”, the designers sought inspiration from the first Veyron in order to provide a visual conclusion to the success story of this super sports car,” says Bugatti’s chief designer Achim Anscheidt. “Although both vehicles have a black and red colour scheme, chassis numbers one and 450 still have their own individual character which we have identified visually. Ultimately, every Veyron is unique.” The owner of the Grand Sport Vitesse “La Finale” also had a say in the design of the vehicle
It goes without saying that Bugatti is already working on the sequel to its recent success story, with development of its next model well underway. “With the next Bugatti model, we are aiming to consolidate and expand the market-leading position we have established with the Veyron,” the Bugatti President explains. “Our challenge is to make the best even better.”