The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport has begun production. A total of 150 units of the 407km/h topless hypercar will be made. Buyers can expect to part with €1.4 million for each car when it goes on sale in July.
In 2008 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport was first introduced to the public. Then chassis number one of this exclusive roadster went into auction and was sold for US$2.19 million. Of that amount US$900,000 was donated to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation Charity.
Bugatti will start producing the Grand Sport in very limited numbers - only 150 will roll off the production line in Molsheim, France. The first 50 units will go to existing registered Bugatti customers.
The hyper car, once production starts, will become the fastest and most powerful roadster in the world. It is powered by the same 16-cylinder quad-turbo engine that makes 747kW (1,015hp) and 1,250Nm of peak torque. With the top on it will cover the standard top speed of 407km/h but in topless mode only 360km/h can be reached.
Differences with the hard top include a wider windscreen and daytime running lights. Since the roof has to be removed completely, that is to say it is not attached to the car in any way, if the rain should catch the car while it is some distance away from home then a soft-top roof can be installed. This make-shift unit sits in the storage compartment and works like an umbrella. It will stay on even up to 130km/h.
New equipment added includes a 2.7-inch monitor with a rear view camera and a Puccini sound system.
Rigidity has been enforced to keep the car sturdy and safe in any situation. The B-pillars have been cross-stiffened using carbon fibre support and additional protection given for side impact collisions and rolling.
First deliveries can be expected in July after all associated costs with the Grand Sport have been settled. That means the price of €1.4 million (US$1.96 million) plus taxes and transportation.