Bugatti Veyrons in Europe 2011
The Bugatti Veyron, to some people also known as the fastest street-legal production car…. in the world, is an amazing piece of machinery. With its 16-cylinder four-wheel drive, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 may well be the most sophisticated production vehicle of all times.
The Veyron 16.4 (408.47 km/h) was the fastest street-legal production car since April 2005, taking over the reigns from the Koenigsegg CCR (388 km/h). That lasted for two years and a bit until the SSC Ultimate Aero TT (412.28 km/h) broke that record in September 2007. Bugatti didn’t want to hear about it and got started on the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport which claimed the title back in June 2010 with a verified topspeed of 431.072 km/h.
There will be 30 Bugatti Veyron Super Sports built in total and two of them have been spotted in this article. The one I saw in London is the ‘standard’ Super Sport which has been limited to 415 km/h to protect the tyres. The second one I saw was the even rarer (only 5 built) Super Sport L’Edition Speciale Record du Monde, which has the orange details and is actually capable of 431 km/h.
The other two Veyrons I spotted in Europe are the standard Veyron 16.4, though this one has chrome sides mixed with white and the convertible Veryon, the Grand Sport.
The Grand Sport has extensive reinforcements to compensate for the lack of standard roof, and small changes to the windshield and running lights. There are two removable tops, the second a temporary roof fashioned after an umbrella. The top speed with the hardtop in place is the same as the standard coupé version, but with the roof down is limited to 369 km/h and to 130 km/h with the temporary soft roof.
In Australia we don’t need to keep our eyes on the streets in the hope of seeing one. Sadly, like so many other amazing cars, you won’t see the Veyron on the Aussie streets as they are only built left-hand drive.