I have to say rumour, because Bugatti are not exactly reliable with information! We’ve heard rumours before that they are producing a ‘Sang Noir’ version of the Targa-Topped Grand Sport, but they’ve gone quiet on that. But now we’re hearing solid rumours, as Bugatti is 100 years old this year, that they are going to be showing a very special anniversary edition of the Veyron – The Bugatti Veyron Centenaire – at Geneva ‘o9 next month.
Of course, Bugatti are no strangers to the limited edition models. There’s been the Sang Noir, the Hermes and the Pur Sang, to name but a few. But they have all been cosmetic changes, even the Targa-Topped Grand Sport, but the Centenaire is claimed to be a mechanical change – and will deliver 1350bhp! Yes, you read that right, 1350bhp. Which will be enough to wipe the floor with all the pretenders from the SSC Ultimate Aero to the Koenigsegg CCXR Edition, and all the other one-offs that lay claim to the title.
But will it happen? I think in all likelihood it will. After all, whatever the state of the world’s economy, there are enough rich people in the world to afford the likely €1.9 million price tag (+ taxes). We were over at the Bugatti factory in December, but we saw no signs of a new model. There were several cars being customised for clients with very deep pockets, but no sign of a new version. However…..
We know that Bugatti has put back production on the Grand Sport by several months, and we know they are planning something. We spoke to a Bugatti insider this afternoon, but all he would say is
“I am sorry. I cannot give you anything certain today. But there will definitely be something very special to mark the anniversary. I can’t tell you if that will be at Geneva”.
Which we, in our own little way, have chosen to mean “the car will be at Geneva”!