Just when we thought that the ‘Year of the Dragon’ celebrations were going towards a downhill trajectory, when it came to luxury brands offering special edition products, we were given a pleasant surprise to the opposite of it. After automobile giants like Aston Martin and Rolls Royce introduced their Year of the Dragon series cars, its now the turn of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport to wear that special uniform. Called the Wei Long Year of the Dragon edition, this Grand Sport model was amongst the premium lot unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show, also carrying a premium price tag of $2.09 million (€1.58 million). However, the one shown at the event remains a one-off piece, making it yet another exclusive edition after the Visette series, L’o’Blanc Porcelain edition, and the ‘Sang Blanc’ version, which were all unique faces of this supercar.
Like the madness which surrounds the most powerful engine in a sports car, there is a corresponding desire within the company to make it even more robust than its already existing form. Offering a 987 HP output power from the 8-liter W16 machine, the Grand Sport Year of the Dragon Bugatti can now declare far and wide, about an optimum speed of over 400 km/ph. All of this gets even freakier when considering that the car is open-top and one would get to experience the speed thrill without the hood!
The reason this collector’s item got the attention at the event was the aesthetics, which the company redrafted the car in, with the collaboration of Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur. With porcelain being the new fabric of choice with the Bugatti designers, this special edition has been given the body of the same fabric in white color, whereas the interiors have been given a vibrant red coloring, but with special Dragon motifs all around. However, one will also notice the carmine red with the brake calipers of the 20-inch alloy wheels of the car.
The floor mats are 100% pure silk which have been embossed by the mythical Chinese animal. With such great care for your feet, you might want to even disinfect your footwear before getting on to this vehicle! The rest of lining is the same vibrant carmine red color, and the dragon makes reappearances on the embossed headrest. The symmetrically stitched leather is also something of true diligence and high quality craftsmanship.
Also, do take a look at the gallery after the jump. The imagery of this one-off Bugatti will truly be etched into your mind, but we wonder, which of us will actually be lucky enough to drive this unique one. May be the new breed of Chinese billionaires have indeed landed themselves a ‘dragon’ of a chance this year.