A decade after the groundbreaking Bugatti Veyron was first introduced in 2005, the 450th and final example of the luxury supercar has been sold. The last-ever Bugatti Veyron, a Grand Sport Vitesse roadster, will be unveiled at the 2015 Geneva auto show as a special “La Finale” edition.
Coupe versions of the record-breaking Bugatti Veyron were the first to hit the supercar scene. With 987 hp (1,001 PS) thundering forth from its quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-16 engine, the Bugatti Veyron was the “it” supercar of the 2000s. Following the coupe was an open-top Grand Sport, which debuted in 2008. By 2010 came the more powerful Super Sport coupe boasting 1,184 hp (1,200 PS) and a then-world-best 270-mph top speed. An open-top version called the Grand Sport Vitesse (pictured below) followed in 2012, with the same power output and a top speed of 255 mph.
Bugatti has been counting down to the end of its production run with 30 special-edition versions of the Veyron, including six Legends cars honoring significant figures in Bugatti history.
Many have speculated as to how Bugatti would fill the Veyron’s very large shoes when production ceased, with ideas as varied as a ultra-luxury four-door super sedan called the Galibier. Ultimately though, Bugatti will stick to what it knows and build a follow-up to the Veyron.
The successor to the Veyron will be an even more potent supercar called the Bugatti Chiron, which is expected to pack as much as 1,479 hp (1,500 PS) from an improved version of the Veyron’s quad-turbo W-16 engine. AUTOMOBILE European bureau chief Georg Kacher reports the Chiron will sprint from 0-62 mph in under 2.5 seconds, and will have an unconfirmed top speed of 288 mph as a result improvements such as extra power and active air deflectors. Carbon-ceramic brakes and an air-braking rear wing will rescue it from Ludicrous Speed.
This “La Finale” Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse will appear in Geneva alongside the first Veyron produced. Autocar reports that “La Finale” has already been sold to a buyer in the Middle East, but there are no indications of the sale price. For reference, recent Bugatti Veyron Legends cars have sold in the neighborhood of $3.2 million.