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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Is Nearly No More

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On: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 5:36PM | By: Chris Weiss


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Is Nearly No More

If you look at the market for million-dollar supercars, you'll find a small, but defined market that includes such models as the all-new Pagani Huayra and Koenigsegg Agera R. But, if you look at the market for million-dollar supercars that also own a production car world speed record, well, that market is a market of one: the Bugatti Veyron. And the ultra-exclusive market is about to dry up altogether, as the very last Bugatti Veyron 16.4 has been sold.

Originally produced in 2004, the Bugatti Veyron has easily been the most storied supercar of the 21st century. From its very introduction, the Veyron was the epitome of automotive excess: 1,001-hp 16-cylinder engine, super-million-dollar price tag, and a top speed so damn fast you needed a separate key to unlock it. It's everything that little boys dream of and their parents loathe and fear.

The Veyron set an unofficial world speed record of 253 mph in 2005 and held it for about two years before losing it to the SSC Ultimate Aero. Five years later, the even more powerful and extreme Veyron Super Sport set the official record some 14 mph higher at 267.8 mph. In addition to absolute speed records, the Veyron is one of the quickest cars ever, boasting a 2.5-second 0-to-62 mph time.

While the Veyron offered more bragging rights than a blonde-haired, blue-eyed football captain/valedictorian, it came with a major price. In addition to the seven-figured MSRP, the Veyron entailed upkeep costs that could bankrupt a small business. Costs like a $35,000 set of wheels and $20,000 set of tires are popular with media folk.

Bugatti has already sold the final of 300 Veyrons and will have it delivered to a "European customer" by fall. While the loss of the Veyron will leave a gaping hole in the supercar market, buyers will still be able to purchase the Veyron Grand Sport, the convertible version of Bugatti's supercar.

Bugatti is also rumored to be working on a production version of the 16C Galibier that it introduced in the fall of 2009, though the company has yet to confirm the car for production. Recent rumors indicate Bugatti is considering calling the production version the "Royale." Let's hope those are false.




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