The iconic Bugatti Veyron is gearing up to unveil its 450th and final version at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
The Geneva Motor Show is usually used as a platform to unveil new cars of the world, but it is more than a fitting choice of destination to close the chapter of the spectacular Veyron.
Bugatti always intended to end the line at the 450 mark, but that’s not to say the news of its swansong didn’t come as a shock in some quarters.
Bentley and Bugatti chief Wolfgang Dürheimer broke the news in an interview with German car magazine Auto, Motor und Sport.
While Dürheimer didn’t give too much away, speculation is rife that the last Veyron will be a Grand Sport Vitesse, which would be the targa model packing an output 1,183 horsepower mill.
In fairness, even if they only tweaked the standard Veyron line, the car would be nothing short of spectacular.
The standard Veyron packs an 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged engine with the cylinders arranged in a W16 layout displacing just under 8 litres.
It features a dual-clutch direct-shift gearbox computer-controlled automatic with seven gear ratios that can change cogs in less than 150 ms. The car comes with a ludicrous number of radiators, ten in fact.
Special Michelin PAX run-flat tires unique to the Veyron, but also cost a hefty $25,000 per set. In France, the skins can be mounted on the rims, which will set you back another $70,000.
And despite all the incredible tech in the Veyron, it still isn’t the most impressive aspect, that accolade goes to the speed. The Veyron is fast, stupidly fast.
Even before its release in 2005 the Veyron was heralded as the world’s fastest production car, and 2010 it officially took that title.
The Veyron Super Sport recorded an eye-watering 268 mph.
Shortly after that the Guinness Book of World Records officially awarded the Veyron the accolade of the fastest production car on the planet.
Over the years there have been a number of different models, from the one off anniversary model, the Pur Sang limited edition Veyron to the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car limited edition made after they finally claimed the speed record.
To say the 450th Bugatti Veyron has a lot to live up to would be an understatement, but motoring enthusiasts around the globe will be eagerly watching in anticipation to see what March will bring.