Over 10 years ago Bugatti developers were given 4 goals: Build a car that could transfer more than 986 hp to its wheels, get to 100 kmh (62 mph) in under 3 seconds, go faster than 400 kmh, and be suitable for a night out at the opera. All off these are great goals to aim for… And they did reach all of those goals and then some.
Ten years have passed since the first Bugatti Veyron debuted. When it debuted, I was amazed at the power, the torque, but mostly the top speed. And I am sad to say that the car’s production run is complete. The 450th car, a Grand Sport Vitesse with 1,183 hp dubbed “La Finale” will make an appearance at the Geneva auto show next month. After that, it will head off to a private collection.
“In the Veyron, Bugatti has created an automobile icon and established itself as the world’s most exclusive supercar brand,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer, president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “So far no other carmaker has managed to successfully market a product that stands for unique top-class technical performance and pure luxury in a comparable price/volume range. An unprecedented chapter in automobile history has reached its climax.”
I have only had the chance to every see one Bugatti Veyron in person. I was walking in downtown Chicago early last year when I glanced over and saw one sitting at a red light getting ready to turn my way. I quickly pulled out my cell phone to snap a picture. By the time that I got my phone out and to the camera I was only able to nab a slightly blurry picture of the rear of the Veryon as it drove away. I was so excited when I first saw it sitting at the traffic light and then was sad to see it go. Knowing that production of the car has ended, I feel the same way as I did on that street. I am sad to see the car go. I wish I had more time to admire the beauty, the performance, the quality of the car.