Bugatti’s CEO Wolfgang Durheimer has said that they will be releasing the 450th and last Bugatti Veyron. It will go on display at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
In the decade since it launched, the supercar has broken numerous records with its top speed of 268 mph earning it a Guinness World Record for being the world’s fastest production car. Bugatti made a number of variants of the Veyron, including the record-breaking Super Sport coupe model, the open top Grand Sport and the Grand Sport Vitesse, all coming in between 1 million and 1.5 million pounds. The company had originally announced that they would only produce 450 cars; 300 coupes and 150 convertibles. Though it’s just speculation, but everyone seems to be betting the very last world-beating supercar will be a Grand Sport Vitesse, which would be the targa model with an extra high output 1,183 horsepower mill.
The Veyron is impressive to say the least. Here are some specs to leave you in awe.
- an 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged engine with the cylinders arranged in a W16 layout displacing just under 8 liters (7,993 cubic cm (487.8 cu in) if you really want to be a stickler)
- a dual-clutch direct-shift gearbox computer-controlled automatic with seven gear ratios that can change cogs in less than 150 ms (and if you munch the gearbox, a replacement unit will cost you the price of a good used Ferrari)
- special Michelin PAX run-flat tires unique to the car that cost US$25,000 per set (the skins can be mounted on the rims only back in France, which will set you back another $70,000 for mounting and balancing)
- a total of 10 radiators: three heat exchangers for the air-to-liquid intercoolers for the turbos, three engine radiators, one transmission oil radiator, one differential oil radiator, one engine oil radiator and one for the air conditioning system.
Durheimer says Bugatti’s already working on the Veyron’s successor which is rumoured to be a hybrid, but when asked if we’d see a launch in 2016 he said “it takes time to create a work of art.” He also assures us the next super vehicle to be launched will be superior to the Veyron in every way.