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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport debuts at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

 

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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport debuts at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport debuts at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

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The first build slot for the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport sold at the Pebble Beach auction for $2.9 million. Follow the jump to watch a video of the event.

Few cars carry as much interest as the Bugatti Veyron, famous for its ultra-high price tag, striking looks and other-worldly speeds. Now, an even more exclusive ‘roofless’ version dubbed the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport has been revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where the first model will also be put up for auction.

In line with previous speculation, the roof must be removed and stowed away manually. Should the weather turn foul, a secondary folding roof stored in the luggage compartment can be opened up like an umbrella and fixed as a temporary measure. Distinguishing the Grand Sport from its coupe sibling is its slightly taller windscreen, new daytime running lights, and of course the lightweight and transparent polycarbonate roof.

According to Bugatti’s communication chief, Georges Keller, the roofless ‘targa’ option was the only one available to Bugatti because there was no other solution which could fit with the car’s safety cage. While the roof will be removable, there will be no storage space for it within the car, so the cover will have to be taken off at home. Most low-volume supercars use targa panels because of the low cost of development and to retain the structural integrity of the chassis.

With the primary roof in place, the Grand Sport will reach speeds of up to 252mph (407km/h) just like the coupe. Speeds of up to 224mph (360km/h) are possible with the roof stowed away. The temporary umbrella-like cloth roof limits the Veyron's top speed to a rather low 81mph (130km/h), however.

To maintain rigidity and safety levels, the Veyron Grand Sport has been modified to be as stiff as the coupe. The monocoque structure has been reinforced around the side skirts and the transmission tunnel, the B-pillars have been cross-stiffened using a carbon fiber 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.

Additionally, the doors of the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport are made of carbon fiber, and house an 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-centimeter wide carbon-fiber elements to offer protection should the car roll.

The Buggatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport will be available from March next year, at a cost of €1.4 million (USD$2.05 million). Only 150 examples will be produced, with the first 50 going exclusively to registered Bugatti customers. The highly coveted first vehicle to roll off the line will be auctioned for charity at the Pebble Beach Auction.

Bugatti has previously released a number of special edition Veyrons, including the Pur Sang, the Sang Noir, the Pegaso, and the Fbg par Hermès.



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  1. I wonder if they're going to make the top of the wind shield frame out of titanium carbide cause thats what its going to take to prevent it from melting and crushing the occupants if that car turns over at 350kmph.

    the strength needed to keep the 2 tonnes of that car from mashing up the occupants alone will surely be an impressive feat of engineering.

    this really begs the question though.... how many people want to go 350 kmph..... with their "hair in the wind"? I mean, to put this into perspective, 350kmph is faster than terminal velocity of a sky diver. you're effectively sky diving. x2.

    I've been in a mustang convertible at 120kmph, and thats an experience, but hardly something that I would feel the need to repeat. I wonder what 3 times that speed would feel like. Probably need the seat belt just to keep you from getting sucked out of the passenger cabin.
     
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  2. I love convertibles, here in Southern California, the roof of my car hardly ever sees the light of day. But, this car is far too serious to be a convertible.
    That said, I'll take my convertible Vaeyron in silver.
     
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  3. No one will actually go that fast in it, if for no reason but they'll be too scared to try. I guarantee it will just become the most exclusive cruising car in the world.
     
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  4. SS89, i don't that it will be very exclusive, any more than the veyron already is. Its not like people WONT buy it.

    and the moment you say "no one will....."... some one will. just the fact that they are going to make it means that some one at bugatti already has. and you know the first one delivered to a customer anywhere near the autobahn or the isle of mann will have that thing floored with the roof off.

    but the point remains; why. i guess when you have that much money to blow, the only thrills left in life are figuring out dumber and dumber ways to burn it.
     
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  5. But the whole leave the roof at home thing is stupid in the extreme.
    If Corvette can figure out a way to store the targa roof, and Ferrari has that ingenious flip over hardtop on the California special, then why can't Lambo and Bugatti get theur act together.
    Goofy.
     
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  6. If u make a convertible car I rather make the car faster, use the extra spaces for engine.
     
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  7. pointless excercise.....other than money making, then it isn pointless for the makers
     
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  8. cool car but mine is better
     
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  9. This car is made to be used in the German Autobahn, where the speed is unlimited. but I don't know why here in the state we don't have. it's shameless. we have to face the music and get action against such law. what make the German highway such perfect? why not in the US? where is the money expected to fix this freaking roads?????
    Anyway, I like this car so much cause I like speed. So my advice here is to go to Germany, drive with unlimited speed and you will understand the cars makers;)
     
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  10. Abraham - umm mate i dont know who is feeding you information about germany being unlimited...the autobahns have restricted zones the same as any highway...and there are small sections between towns that are derestricted but have a recommended speed limit on them...you cant just jump on one and put your foot down....plus the traffic and road workd mean that you dont travell any faster than most other highways..
     
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  11. hey marco, i think your thinking is backwards, if you make a convertible car how are you going to make it faster, you have less space NOT more extra space for enigine parts, and look at the veyron why do you need to make it faster in the targa version
     
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  12. I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't able to get anywhere near its top speed with the top off. I think that to hit top speed in the regular model, a bugatti mechanic needs to come out to swap tires, do a check, activate top speed with a special key. The top being closed might be a requirement too. Am i right?
     
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  13. I would think so.
    But I'll say it again, as a Veyron owner I should never have to sit under an overpass during a sudden rainshower...
     
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  14. Looks very classy. Hell I'd buy one if I had the money. Of course you wouldn't go faster than 200km/h with the roof down, but if you feel the need to go really fast, you can still leave the roof on.
    You have to face the fact, that if you hit an obstacle with 350km/h your're dead. No matter if you have a roof or not.
    Concerning the myth about the German Autobahn, the "small sections between towns" are called "Landstraßen" and are resticted to 100km/h (or in some cases 60/70/80, depending on how safe the streets are). More than 50% of the so called "Authobahn" is restricted to 120km/h or whatever speed makes sense (again, depending on how safe it is to go that fast). Then there's a lot of road works and traffic and stuff, but still, you get a chance to put down your foot every now and then. The fastest I have ever gone on the Autobahn was in driving school (!) with a Mark V VW Golf (or Rabbit as it's called in the US) and that was about 190km/h. The fastest I have ever gone with open targa-roof (in a beautiful Nissan NX1600) was 170km/h and I can tell you, with that wind blowing through your hair, it almost feels like flying.
     
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  15. I miss driving on the Autobahn, but every year I go back and it seems more crowded and harder to drive quickly on.
    Back in 1997 I took a Mercedes E420 to 240km/h for almost an hour. These days I don't think that's possible anymore.
     
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  16. WOW!!! That is a gorgeous auto.
     
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  17. Another version of a car I will never be able to afford.
     
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  18. Now here's my question: Why not put this chassis tuning that makes the targa go faster on the regular Veyron instead, and take back your fastest-car title from the SSC Aero?
     
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  19. This is one of the most beautiful car in the world indeed. There’s nothing bad at this car. Nothing at all.
     
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  20. good point Andrew...could release like 20 all of them in all carbon fiber weave body works and carbon fiber and alacantra interiors and sell them or $5mil and have it go 270mph and be the faster car for a while longer
     
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  21. I am a veyrone bugatti fan true and true. It's the only car I love in the world and I know that the fact that I love speed next to nothing in a car, I'd be buying this car only to achieve my adrenalin feed! Not racing this car will not achieve my purpose at all.

    I'd be on the edge of my seat checking the prospects of my company before dolling out the cash.
     
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  22. In my opinion this is the most awesome car ever built! Just wish I could afford one!! ALSO I like the other small updates like the pretty new headlights and the nice shiny new wheel design!!!
     
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  23. Wait..

    "With the roof in place, the Grand Sport will reach speeds of up to 252mph (407km/h) just like the coupe. The umbrella-like cloth roof limits the Veyron’s top speed to a rather low 81mph (130km/h), however."

    Which one is right?
     
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  24. There are 2 different roofs for this car. One is the more permanent roof that will let you reach 407km/h. The other is a last-resort cloth roof that you can use if it suddenly starts raining but limits you to 130km/h. We have clarified the article to reflect this.
     
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  25. I see they arent using bi-xenon, on the new headlights, rather they are using completely led's which is a 3000 dollar option on the R8, interesting i would kill to see one of these on the road, and i think the white looks amazing.
     
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  26. in Top Gear they had an all white Veyron with red leather white stitching...most beautiful one on the world!
     
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  27. I love speed, so I love this car. it's W16 engine design closes the gap between power strokes, so there is torque gallore!!! gas mileage? 4 mpg for grand sport
     
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  28. Gas mileage? 4 mpg for grand sport
     
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  29. man i cant stand this car its so ugly i dont know the benefit of owning a car like this
     
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  30. is that ugly car ? i think designer has lost his way to design, i don't think that any one can feel Bugatti is ugly car, after getting huge succeed Bugatti plan to launch in Asian country too & that is really a good achivment.
     
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