Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Edition Merveilleux as a 40th birthday present
What would make an ideal 40th birthday present? For those with extremely deep pockets, one solution to make a friend or a member of the family very happy would be to buy a car. But not just any car, a special edition (yes, another one) of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, dubbed Merveilleux.
This was a gift for a mysterious person by the name of Simon, and the car is a one-off model, featuring a carbon fiber exterior and black alloys. Inside the cabin it has seats wrapped around in blue leather that have black “Super Sport” logos on the headrests.
As you probably already know, the Super Sport version of the all mighty Veyron is powered by a massive 16-cylinder, quad turbocharged engine that develops an almost unbelievable 1184 hp (1,200 PS / 882 kW) and a maximum torque of 1,106 lb.-ft (1,500 Nm). The top speed of the car is 258 mph (415 km/h), but you certainly know that a special version of the car managed to hit 268 mph (430 km/h), thus becoming the fastest production car in the world.
Our colleagues from WorldCarFans have managed to take a couple of spy shots with the upcoming Super Sport version of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport (convertible version). We believe that it is the hotter SS version because the bumpers look very similar to the ones on the Veyron Super Sport, only this time the air intakes are bigger and fixed.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Super Sport
A few weeks ago, the company’s president Wolfgang Durheimer said something about a more powerful version of the Grand Sport that will output more hp than the regular Veyron which has 987 hp (1001 PS / 736 kW) and a peak torque of 922 lb.-ft (1,250 Nm).
You probably know that the days of the Bugatti Veyron are numbered but good news is that the Grand Sport version will go out with a serious bang. Bugatti’s president, Wolfgang Durheimer hinted in an interview given to De Telegraaf’s Autovise that a more powerful variant of the car will be released. He denied the possibility of a Super Sport (1,184 hp / 1,200 PS / 883 kW) version, but he did say that this Grand Sport will have “more than 987 hp (1,001 PS / 736 kW)”.
As a reminder, Bugatti plans on rolling out 150 units of the Veyron Grand Sport and Durheimer stated that the supercar maker has already sold 40 units and a very wealthy client from the Middle East ordered eight Veyrons!
As you probably already know, Bugatti has stopped making the Veyron Super Sport so your chances of buying a brand new one are zero. However, if you really want the car and you can afford to pay an insane amount of money for it, you should know that a British luxury car dealer by the name of Tom Hartley has one for sale right now.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Sang Noir
The dealer has the bespoke model that was exhibited at this year’s edition of the Geneva Motor Show and comes with tangerine seats and a gorgeous matte black paint. The car has been barely driven as the odometer reads 864 miles (1,390 km).
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Sang Noir
As a reminder, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is powered by a huge 16-cylinder 8.0-liter engine that fires 1183 hp (1,200 PS / 882 kW) and has a peak torque of 1106 lb.-ft (1,500 Nm). With such power available, the SS can hit a limited top speed of 258 mph (415 km/h).
We almost forgot about the asking price – $3.4 million (2.4 million Euro / 2.1 million pounds)!
This exquisite Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport “L’or Blanc” is the first car in the automotive history that “wears” fine porcelain inside the cabin and on its body. This one-off Veyron features porcelain on its inlays of the centre wheel badges, oil filler cap, fuel filler, cap, along with the traditional “EB” badge out in the back. Aside from this, the supercar is wearing a beautiful paint job that combines a dark blue hue with an impeccable white color.
Bugatti “L’or Blanc” Veyron Grand Sport
The same blue & white theme was applied for the interior of the car and porcelain can be found on both sides of the center console, along with the rear panel located between the seats. In addition, the cabin sports a porcelain dish with diamond-polished edges, part of a picnic set designed by KPM for the automaker.
Bugatti “L’or Blanc” Veyron Grand Sport
Interested in this special Veyron? Well, prepare to pay $2.4 million!
Bugatti “L’or Blanc” Veyron Grand Sport
PS: By the time you’re reading this article, probably some wealthy businessman already snatched it.
On April 16th, Bijan Pakzad, an Iranian-born fashion designer died at a hospital in Los Angeles, California, after suffering from a stroke. During his life, he became famous for dressing well-known people, like Carry Grant, Frank Sinatra and today’s most influential person in the world – U.S. President Barack Obama.
He loved cars and had a generous collection of luxurious limos and supercars that he actually drove on a regular basis. In addition, he teamed up with lots of automakers for special editions. For his latest project, he joined forces with Bugatti for rolling out a special edition based on the company’s 1,001 hp Grand Sport model. His version of the open-top hypercar was finished six weeks ago and comes with a bespoke two-tone theme and other additional goodies.
No matter what car discussions you carry, there is no way to avoid getting carried away and think about having a supercar, a muscle car or, naturally, an exotic one. Each car enthusiast will talk about the fastest, coolest most beautiful car he can think of. So if there’s talk about power and looks than Lamborghini and Bugatti are bound to show up in the discussion. Both brands have made a huge impact in the automotive world, yet to compare one with another, that’s really hard to do because there are 2 distinct styles and classes. It’s not simply comparing some statistics of a couple of cars. These exotic marvels of engineering have entire histories tied to their design, characteristics and performance. So let’s take a look at both companies and see what does Lamborghini and Bugatti truly stand for?
The Lambo’s master that goes by the full name of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A is an Italy born car brand that is world renowned for incredibly fast cars with high performance and state of the art technology integrated in them. It currently functions as part of the Audi AG that bought the Lamborghini and made it even bigger and better. Audi AG themselves are a subsidiary that “answer to” the Volkswagen Group of Industries. It has produced world renowned, incredible sports cars like the Diablo, the Gallardo, the Murcielago, Reventon, and the futuristic Sesto Elemento. Remember that these are not cars for anyone. Simply put, if you own a Reventon than you’re one in 700.000.000. it just doesn’t get more exclusive than that.
Looking on the other side, to the Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. we can only think of one thing: the fastest car in the world. The company that achieved this unbeatable standard hails from France. Like Lamborghini they also are an important part of the Volkswagen Group. Their crowning jewel, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is currently rated as the fastest production car in existence.
Let’s make an attempt at some performance head to head and take the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 and compare it with the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The Gallardo is powered up by a 5.2 liter V10 engine that develops nothing less of 552 hp. The newest Bugatti Veyron has a mastodon 8.0 liter engine that is actually composed of 2 V8 Audi engines morphed together into a massive V 16 quad turbocharged engine delivering a mind stopping power of 1184 hp. That is just too much.
The Lamborghini is known to slingshot its way and reach 62 mph in only 3.7 seconds. As for the Bugatti, that thing is a rocket reaching 62 mph in a blistering 2.5 seconds. Where the Gallardo can reach a top speed of 202 mph, the Bugatti reaches the astronomic speed of 269.80 mph. When at top speed the Bugatti eats up an incredible amount of fuel being able to suck the tank bone dry in less than 15 minutes. Not to worry, you won’t get to completely empty the tank because if you go more than 12 minutes at over 400 km/h your tires will explode because of the heat.
Always keep in mind that these tests have been done on a straight line, if the test were on a race track than Bugatti wouldn’t stand a chance since there is no way to outmaneuver the Bull God.
If you’re talking money than, you’d better have deep pockets, since the Gallardo has a starting price of $205.000 and can go up to $220.000. As for the Bugatti, a mere $2.700.000 would suffice to make it yours.
The Veyron is one of the most amazing machines to ever set tires on the face of the Earth and it looks good no matter where you put it or from which angle you want to take its picture. But a group on Facebook has taken upon itself to try to test the ability of people everywhere to create something hideous out of the splendid Bugatti.
Using the Veyron’s configurator, they are daring you to mix and not match until you make our eyes bleed. Although we don’t really see the point in this, it sure can be a good way to waste time around the office, if you feel like it. You can see the result of our “hard work” at the beginning of the article.
It’s hard to believe that someone would buy a car for 30 million dollar, but some are worth the money, because they are unique and just too good to be forgotten.
A place where buyers with fine tastes and deep pockets meet each year to witness magic it’s the Gooding & Company auction. The auction is usually organized in places as exotic and as the rare as cars it sells: Scottsdale, Amelia Island or Pebble Beach. Some sales might not be impressive in price for some of us, but that’s not the case of the 1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic that has set a new record when it comes to prices and classic cars. The record it’s the 30 million dollars paid for this particular car at a Gooding & Company auction by the Mullin Automotive Museum, in 2010. This particular museum specializes in the preservations of French classic cars, built in the 1930s. Some of its interest brands are Delage, Delahaye and Talbot Lago.
The 30 million dollar auction made it possible for the selling price to surpass the $12.2 million paid for a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa in May 2009. The auction took place in Maranello, Italy. The Gooding & Company and the buyer preferred the option of a private transaction, but the estimated price it’s accurate, considering that this is, with no doubt, the most desirable classic automobile ever built.
30 Million Dollar Car Auction
This particular piece of art it’s one of the two cars that still survive in original condition. I should mention that only three of these cars were built back then. The auctioned car belonged to a Dr. Peter D. Williamson from New Hampshire while its pair it’s owned by the designer Ralph Lauren.
The 30 million dollar auctioned car has a lightweight construction, being able to reach a maximum of 123 mph or 200 kph because of its 200 bhp engine. The looks are impressive as well: the raked windscreen along with the riveted fins and oval doors make it the ultimate Bugatti.
Every time this car was sold, the price became a record. That’s what happened back in 1971, when the $59,000 price tag was definitely a record. And I must mention that since 1945 it had only three owners. The originality, the mystery behind its sales, even the name turned it into a rarity. During the 1930s Bugatti excelled when it came to elegance and refinement and continues its work even today through Bugatti Veyron. It seems that over the years, the ones continuing the legacy of Bugatti have not forgotten the motto of its founder Ettore Bugatti: “Nothing is too beautiful, nothing it’s too expensive”.
You must remember that the price it’s high not only because of its rarity. It’s about the level of technology as well. For that time the low-slung body envisioned by Jean Bugatti as well as the use of aluminum were innovations that amaze us today and raise its value. Its futuristic look, rarity and performance make it an outstanding car.
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Last week, the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) released the results of its annual rating of best and worst cars in terms of fuel economy. On top of the list there’s the 2011 Toyota Prius which delivers 51 mpg in the city and 48 on the highway, while the second place was claimed by three Fords, the 2011 Fusion Hybrid, the 2011 Mercury Milan and the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which all deliver 41 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway.
Of course, the bottom of the list is filled with expensive and powerful vehicles, like the Bentley Continental Flying Spur, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, which all deliver 11 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. And the car with the worst economy is…wait for it…the Bugatti Veyron. What a surprise, huh? According to EPA, the Veyron gets 8 mpg in the city and 15 on the highway, which, of course, will scare all those millionaires away.
Iranian designer Bijan is one of the most famous designers in the United States, his Beverly Hills boutique often being considered “the most expensive store in the world”. He is also known for his passion for yellow cars, among the cars that got the “Bijan yellow” treatment being two Bentley Azures, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a Ferrari 430 and a Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe. And now, the most recent car that was spotted outside the designer’s boutique is this yellow Bugatti Veyron with a large airbrushed figure on the engine hood.
Bijan’s fashion business brings in around $4 billion in revenues annually, the main products being perfumes and men’s clothes. He is also famous for making exclusive clothes, throughout his career, for some of the best known men in the world, including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Vladimir Putin, Tony Blair, Paul Allen, Jay Leno, Usher and Ronald Reagan.
Ok, so what happens when you put an idiot inexperienced driver in a $1.6 million super sports car? Nothing good, of course, just watch what happens to this driver trying to take out a Bugatti Veyron for a test drive. While backing up, he manages to crash into a Toyota waiting at a red light and then scraping the front end of the car while trying to drive back onto the sidewalk. Wondering what this little incident cost the driver? Only $30,000.
This time, Mansory decided that the Bugatti Veyron definitely needs more improvements. And by improvements, the Swiss tuning company means more gold accents.
As you can see above and below, the company fitted a wide array of gold accessories, including the wheels, the front grille, the mirror housings or even more outlandish things like the headlight washer nozzles or the fuel filler cap.
Besides that, your wealth will be shown off by a new carbon fiber body kit, with copper threads interwoven into the material. Yeah, just because Mansory can. The interior, suffice to say, is taken straight from an automotive horror show.
Only one such Bugatti Veyron by Mansory Linea Vincero d’Oro has been made, but, with the right amount of cash, the company can modify any existing Veyron.
The automotive industry was plunged into a state of shock when the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport model was revealed, alongside its newest performance, breaking the world’s fastest production car speed record, achieving 267 mph.
Soon afterwards, Top Gear magazine did hint that it had something to do with the performance and with the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
Now, as a preview for the August issue of the magazine, Top Gear has officially revealed that James May, a presenter of the famous car show, had a very impressive run in the new Bugatti. According to the mag, May, nicknamed Captain Slow, reached 259.11 mph in the Veyron Super Sport.
This isn’t the first time May pushed a Bugatti to its limit, as he reached 253 mph a few years ago, in a standard Veyron model.
If you want to check out the complete story, then you have to wait for the Top Gear August issue to hit the stands wherever you live.
SSC released an official statement, through which it congratulates Bugatti for its impressive effort.
“We would sincerely like to congratulate Bugatti… When the Ultimate Aero broke the record in 2007, we knew it was just a matter of time until it was broken by someone else.”
Still, that doesn’t mean SSC won’t put up a fight, as it continues in the statement to hit at a new supercar, which will be even more powerful than the Ultimate Aero, and take back the world record from the Germans.
“[W]e’ve been working on a new project to debut before the end of the summer. Not much can be said at this time except that we’ll be upping the ante on all fronts. Having famed American designer Jason Castriota as our lead design enables SSC to reflect its engineer and performance in its aesthetics. It’s impossible for us to be more thrilled about having him on board and we’re anxious to show the world what we have up our sleeve.”
So, it seems that design is a done deal, thanks to Castriota, and SSC just needs to upgrade the existing technologies from the Ultimate Aero. Hopefully its engineers will be able to come up with something impressive.