Supercar sales have foot on accelerator

DOUG SAIL
Last updated 11:47 12/12/2013
World's fastest convertible, the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse.
World's fastest convertible, the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse.
McLaren P1
McLaren P1 production line.

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The worldwide demand for supercars shows no signs of slowing down.

Bugatti has just announced that the 400th model of its famed Veyron has been sold, meaning just 50 more will be built before production ceases.

At the same time, it has been reported that all 499 models of Ferrari's stunning LaFerrari have been sold before it even goes into production.

These announcements come about a month after McLaren revealed that the limited run of 375 of its P1 supercar have also been presold.

The hybrid Ferrari, said to cost around NZ$2 million, combines a 12-cylinder, six-litre petrol engine with an electric engine to be the most powerful Ferrari ever built and has a 0-100 kmh time of less than three seconds.

The NZ$1.58 million P1, also a hybrid, has a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine as its main power source and can rocket from 0-100kmh in 2.8 seconds, to 200kmh in 6.8 seconds while 300kmh is attained in just 16.5 seconds.

Not to be outdone, Bugatti has confirmed the 400th version of a Veyron - a Grand Sport Vitesse - has been ben bought by a customer in the Middle East.

Since its launch in 2005, Bugatti has sold all coupés that were limited to 300 – the Veyron 16.4 with 1001 PS and the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport with 1200 PS – and 100 of the planned 150 roadsters: the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport with 1001 PS and the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse with 1200 PS have now been sold.

The recently sold 400th Veyron is the third and final Vitesse "Jean-Pierre Wimille" in the exclusive six-part edition "Les Légendes de Bugatti". The series was launched in August at California's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance with the Vitesse "Jean-Pierre Wimille". This was followed by the Legend car, "Jean Bugatti", which was presented at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. In November the third Legend Edition, dedicated to Meo Costantini, was revealed to the public at the Dubai International Motor Show 2013.

As with all Bugatti Legend cars, the production run is limited to only three vehicles. The Legend Edition "Jean-Pierre Wimille" is priced at €2.13 million (NZ$3.53m).

The legend cars are based on the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The 1200 PS super car is powered by an eight litre, 16 valve engine and accelerates from 0-100 kmh in just 2.6 seconds and from 0-200 kmh in only 7.1 seconds.

The Grand Sport Vitesse lays claim to the fastest roadster in the world title with a record of 408.84 kmh driven with the roof off. A Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, in 2010, has also set the record for the fastest production car when it reached 431.072 kmh.

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