It’s time to revise the Christmas gift list, as Bugatti has sold all 300 copies of the Veyron coupe. The very last Bugatti Veyron was recently ordered by a (presumably quite wealthy) European customer.
We thought the end of the production of the first Veyron bodystyle was a fitting time to look back at the history of this super-supercar. The original Veyron 16.4 debuted in late 2005, with the headlining statistics of 1001 hp and a top speed of 253 mph. At its heart was an 8.0-liter W-16 engine with four turbochargers, with power transmitted to all four wheels by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Veyron was a huge hit -- by June 2007, Bugatti had received 100 orders and customers had to wait 18 months to receive their car. And that was in spite of an exorbitant price tag of $1.25 million. In 2009 Bugatti expanded the car’s appeal with the introduction of the Grand Sport model, rightfully heralded as the world’s fastest convertible. Like its coupe sibling, the Veyron Grand Sport can manage 253 mph with the roof in place, or 223 mph with the roof panel removed.
The Veyron Super Sport made its first appearance in 2010. In case you thought the regular Veyron was a tad slow, the Super Sport was endowed with 1200 hp and 1106 lb-ft of torque -- enough to crack 267 mph on Volkswagen’s test track in Germany. The cost? A cool $2.48 million including taxes.
In addition to the new models, Bugatti saw fit to bestow special trim packages on certain Veyrons. In 2008 the company issued the Veyron Fbg par Hermès; the automaker worked with design house Hermès to offer new color choices for the Veyron. There was also a restyled grille, new wheels, and bespoke Hermès luggage for the Veyron.
A year later in 2009 we saw the Veyron Sang Bleu, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Bugatti nameplate. The car, based on the Grand Sport convertible, wore a combination of exposed carbon fiber and aluminum body panels, providing a contrast between navy blue and silver. There was even a trio of special-edition Veyrons at the 2009 Dubai Motor Show.
We’re sorry to see the end of the Veyron coupe, but we always knew that it would be a limited affair with just 300 copies of the hardtop sold. We can take heart in the knowledge that those cars are being used very gently, as Bugatti tells us that Veyrons are driven an average of just 3100 miles per year. And for buyers who want to get in on the joys of Bugatti ownership, the company will still sell you a brand-new Grand Sport or Super Sport model.