Nobody really expected the Bugatti Veyron, the world’s first 1000-hp production car – a car its manufacturer claimed they lose big money on each unit sold – to stay in production for ten years. But it did, and only yesterday its chapter was finally wrapped as Bugatti Veyron LaFinale left the factory.
Bugatti Veyron LaFinale is the last ever production Veyron, the 450th example, and it’s a Grand Sport Vitesse sold to a Middle Eastern customer. This is a bittersweet moment for Bugatti fans. Bitter because a legend is now gone and consigned to the history books. Sweet because it means Bugatti can now focus all their energy on the Veyron’s replacement – a hyper hybrid allegedly called the Chiron boasting no less than 1,500 horsepower.
The 450th Bugatti Veyron LaFinale, as mentioned, is a Vitesse, which is what the Grand Sport version of the Super Sport is called. It is an open-top car powered by W16, quad-turbo engine developing 1,200 PS and 1,500 Nm of torque, capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds and boasting a world record speed of 431.072 km/h. The 16.4 Veyron that came before this model had ‘only’ 1001 PS. Prices for the Veyrons started back in the day from around 1.5 million Euro and reached the peak with the Vitesse which cost 2.3 million Euro.
So whichever way you cut it, the story of the Veyron is one of success. We can only conclude VW’s claim that it was a financial disaster for them and they only did it for the prestige was, in their own language, Unsinn!