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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport – West 46th Street, NYC

July 27th, 2009 by Stu

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport - West 46th Street, NYC

There are few things in this world that would get a sane New Yorker to Times Square in the early hours of a Friday morning. One of those things is a chance to get up close and personal with a 1,001 HP marvel of technology whose quad turbo W16 engine will violently thrust 4,400 pounds of aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber to 186 MPH before you can finish reading this sentence (about 16 seconds). Its maximum velocity, about 253 MPH, is equated to nearly one-third of the speed of sound at sea level.We are of course talking about the ultra rare and hyper exotic Bugatti Veyron. So heading to Times Square was a no brainer when we got word that a special edition of the Veyron, called Grand Sport, would be making an appearance at the Marriott. Bugatti tells us there are only two of these Grand Sports currently residing in the U.S.

As crazy as it sounds, this is not the first time we have snapped a Veyron in Manhattan. But the $2.1 million Grand Sport, which was in town for a Fox News segment, is unique mostly for its targa-style roof and is among the many special editions that have been sold since the original Veyron began production in 2005. All in, Bugatti will build roughly 300 Veyrons and word on the street is that owners and dealers will get to weigh in on concepts for future product behind closed doors in Frankfurt this fall. In the nearer term, expect to see a special edition of Grand Sport in Monterey next month.

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  • The grand sport will not go 253mpg. Only the hard top with its sleek aerodynamic design can pull of those speeds.

  • Hello “BrokenJpg” – thanks for commenting – the reference to 253 MPH was meant to apply to the Veyron coupe – sorry for the confusion. And, for the record, when the targa top is on, the Grand Sport is nearly as fast as the coupe – see the quote below from Bugatti’s own press release…

    “When the roof is closed, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport can reach 407 km/h, while speeds of up to 360 km/h are possible with roof off. Should it rain, an innovative folding roof stored in the luggage compartment can be opened up like an umbrella at any time. When this folding roof is in place, the car can travel at up to 130 km/h.”

  • Hey Stu…nice catch.
    Too bad it was doing a blistering 3 mph
    in times square.

  • AMAZING CAR. I’d like to know the stories of the guys sitting in that car…

  • what else can you say about that car. photo is worth a 1 million words or should I say dollars. Bugatti keeps it up and everyone might know who they are!

  • What an incredible machine!