2009 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

We hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving weekend, filled with friends, family, home-cooked food and plenty of relaxation. So it’s the Monday after a long holiday-weekend,  do you need something to look forward to? How about the 2012 Orlando Festivals of Speed coming up this weekend at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakeswhere among other rare, vintage, exotic and collectible cars you’ll also find the elusive Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Sang Bleu…

The Super Sport version of the Veyron is the fastest street-legal production car in the world, with a top speed of 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph). The original version has a top speed of 408.47 km/h (253.81 mph). It was named Car of the Decade (2000–2009) by the BBC television program Top Gear. The standard Veyron won Top Gear’s Best Car Driven All Year award in 2005.

A targa top version of the venerable Bugatti Veyron was first unveiled at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 15 August 2008, with production beginning in the second quarter of 2009. The model has extensive reinforcements to compensate for the lack of standard roof, and small changes to the windshield and running lights. There are two removable tops, the second a temporary roof fashioned after an umbrella. The top speed with the hardtop in place is the same as the standard coupé version, but with the roof down is limited to 369 km/h (229 mph)—and to 130 km/h (81 mph) with the temporary soft roof. The first (chassis 001) was sold at auction, raising approximately US$900,000 for charity.