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Just when you thought Lego couldn’t get any cooler, it goes and builds a life-size, fully working Bugatti Chiron. Consisting of more than 1 million Lego Technic pieces, the 1:1-scale Chiron has been completely assembled by hand, a process which took more than 13,000 hours.
Usually, reports of a delayed new Lamborghini would be met with jeers and disappointment. One model, though, could see a delay that will please the passionate Lambo fan-base, if not the overly rich status-happy jet set.
And if the Urus goes, another controversial SUV goes with it. But at least the super-rich will finally get their 4-door Bugatti, right?
Not so fast.
While I can appreciate the classic cars shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it’s the new and concept vehicles that really get me going. (Though the stunning 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo that won Best in Show would look good parked in my shop!)
This year, the Concept Car Lawn at Pebble Beach served as an all-you-can-eat buffet of exotic beauty. If top-shelf modern metal moves you, then the manicured putting greens of Monterey was the place to be this weekend. It was surely the highest concentration of rare and one-of-a-kind supercars in all of California. Well, outside of Jay Leno’s garage, anyway.
Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Infiniti, Lamborghini, Lexus and SRT parked a plethora of exotic and concept vehicles on the lawn. The BMW Zagato Roadster rubbed shoulders with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, while the Lamborghini Urus concept lurked nearby. The Aston Martin Vanquish, though, may have been the best-looking of the bunch.
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If you thought your opportunity had passed to own a new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, you’re in luck. Though production has ended, it seems around 105 of the original run of 150 vehicles have not found homes.
The Grand Sport, to refresh your memory, is the topless version of the regular Veyron. In regular dress, the Grand Sport costs around $2 million, or about $300,000 more than the base coupe. For the extra coin, buyers get an extensively reinforced body with even more carbon-fiber panels, beefed-up composite doors, taller rollover-protection loops and stronger B-pillars. The car also comes with two roofs: one that looks and functions like an umbrella (don’t try to hit the 233-mph top speed with that in place) and a solid, single-piece, body-color cover that is easy to mount but impossible to stow. The Grand Sport also gets more aggressive daytime running lights, a rear-view camera and an upgraded Burmester sound system. Its 16-cylinder engine will accelerate the 4,339-pound Grand Sport from 0 to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds.
Even with all that, Bugatti struggles to unload its remaining inventory. So what’s the company to do?