123.4 hp per liter
(from Bugatti Press
Release) Bugatti expands product range
New Bugatti Veyron 16.4
Grand Sport to be unveiled on 16 August 2008 at the
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
August 16, 2008 – The world’s most significant celebration of the
automobile takes place annually in Monterey, California. This year,
it will see some of the most elegant, exclusive, and valuable
vehicles ever produced in over 100 years of motoring, with Bugatti
set to play a prominent role. On the evening prior to the Pebble
Beach Concours d’Elegance, the highlight of the event, the marque
renowned for impeccable automotive solutions, aesthetics and driving
dynamics will unveil a second model to the world – the new Bugatti
Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport with a unique removable roof.
In response to customer
demand, significant modifications have been made to the vehicle’s
complex structure to make possible open-top driving, thereby adding
a new dimension to this high-performance sports car. Incorporating a
host of new and innovative safety and equipment features, it is the
world’s fastest and most exciting roadster. It is immediately
recognizable as a result of its slightly higher windscreen, stylized
daytime running lights, and lightweight, transparent polycarbonate
The main challenge in
developing the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport with removable
roof resulted from the unique structure of the fixed-roof Bugatti
Veyron. An optimum combination of rigidity and lightweight
engineering ensures the monocoque passenger cell of the original
model is extremely strong while weighing an absolute minimum – it is
a central element of the vehicle’s structure. As the roof is an
integral part of this, removing it meant the load paths had to be
completely redesigned to maintain the vehicle’s rigidity and crash
safety, and to offer additional protection from side impacts and
As a result, the
monocoque structure has been reinforced around the side skirts and
the transmission tunnel. The B-pillars have been cross-stiffened
using a carbon fibre support, and a central carbon plate has been
positioned beneath the transmission tunnel to ensure the vehicle
suffers from less torsional flexing than any other roadster.
The doors of the new
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport are made of carbon fibre, and house
integrated longitudinal beam.
In the event of an accident, this transfers the load from the A to
the B-pillar, thereby dissipating impact energy. Furthermore, the
two redesigned air intakes for the 16-cylinder mid-engine now
feature 10-centimetre wide carbon-fibre elements to offer protection
should the car roll.
moisture-resistant, backstitched leather, a range of new equipment
features has been added to the interior, including a reversing
camera with 2.7-inch monitor in the rear-view-mirror, and the
“Puccini” sound system with digital signal processor.
When the roof is closed,
the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport can reach 407 km/h, while speeds
of up to 360 km/h are possible with roof off. Should it rain, an
innovative folding roof stored in the luggage compartment can be
opened up like an umbrella at any time. When this folding roof is in
place, the car can travel at up to 130 km/h.
Assembled by hand at the
company’s headquarters in Molsheim, Alsace, the Veyron 16.4 Grand
Sport will be available from March 2009 at the price of 1.4 million
euros (excluding tax). Just 150 examples will be made, with the
first 50 of these going exclusively to registered Bugatti customers.
The first vehicle is certain to be highly sought after, and Bugatti
has taken the decision to donate this specific car to charity. It
will be sold to the highest bidder at the Pebble Beach Auction
presented by Gooding & Company.