17 August 2009

Bleu is the colour

Bugatti shows off ‘Sang Blue’ Veyron Grand Sport at Pebble Beach, stretches definition of ‘special edition’ to breaking point

Bugatti Veyron Sang Bleu

If the standard, boring, 1001bhp, open-top Veyron Grand Sport is just too commonplace for your exacting standards, how about a one-off Grand Sport Sang Bleu?

Bugatti unveiled this special edition convertible Veyron at Pebble Beach over the weekend. As the Sang Noir special edition Veyron featured a black-on-black livery, so the Sang Bleu – yep, it means ‘blue blood’ in French – is decked out in blue carbon fibre and polished aluminium.

Mechanically, the Sang Bleu identical to the standard Veyron Grand Sport – though it’s tough to argue with a thousand-bhp 8.0-litre W16 engine and a 0-60mph time comfortably under three seconds.

So, yeah, we’ll take one, please. Ta. But we can’t helping wondering whether Bugatti is slightly confusing the term ‘special edition’ with the term ‘paintjob’. Gorgeous as the Sang Bleu is, can they keep claiming another special edition each time they paint a Veyron in a new colour?

Maybe this is how to add value to your knackered old Vauxhall Nova come resale time. Paint the bonnet and roof in some improbable shade of fluorescent yellow – to contrast nicely with the beige doors – call it the Nova Coeur Jaune and add £500 to the part-ex value. Another recession-busting Top Gear Top Tip there…

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