Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Starts Production
By KBB.com Editors on May 27, 2009 6:10 AMJust in time for summer, the first of 150 open-air versions of the outrageous 1001-hp Bugatti Veyron have begun rolling out of the ultra-modern production facility in Molsheim, France. Officially dubbed the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, a prototype version of this targa type made its debut appearance at last year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where the future production unit number 1 went for a cool $3.2 million at a charity auction. Bugatti has confirmed that the remaining 149 Grand Sports will be much more reasonably priced, stickering at 1.4 million euros -- around $2 million, depending on the prevailing dollar-to-Euro exchange rate. Like its Coupe counterpart, the mid-engine all-wheel-drive Grand Sport is powered by a quad-turbo V16 engine and has a top speed of 253 mph in closed form. While that figure drops to a mere 224 mph when you're touring in al fresco mode, it remains sufficiently high to leave Bugatti's newest road-rager firmly in possession of World's Fastest Roadster honors. Anyone hoping to park one of these rare Veyron 16.4 Grand Sports in their garage had best be equally quick, as the first 50 are already reserved for existing Bugatti owners and deliveries are set to begin in July.