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.