Supercars: Although it may be a bit too early to start thinking about the holiday season, if you happen to be in the market for a special gift for that certain someone this year, it is a good bet that a new Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermés would put an ear-to-ear smile across the surprised recipient's face! The collaboration of Bugatti and Hermés pairs two of the world's most prestigious brands into one vehicle that is expected to be available by late 2008.
In this era of strategic partnerships among purveyors of deluxe services and goods, this unification is prompting a buzz in luxury circles globally. The wizardry of Hermés on the interior and exterior of the limited-edition model Veyron shows off the Paris-based firm's roots as an acclaimed saddle company with the interior redo and complementing exterior accents that create a oneness that redefines the internal and external borders of the Veyron. The alliance of this dynamic duo is a coup for both organizations. However, the real benefactors are those lucky devils fortunate enough to take delivery and drive one of these remarkable all-encompassing supercars.
The collective mouths of those in attendance of the debut of the Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermés at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show in March remain agape since witnessing it. The car's engine, with its 16-cylinder W-like configuration with four turbochargers and 64 valves, is so visually stimulating that it is on display via a see-through panel. It is a key aspect to the vehicle's design. If that "16-cylinder, four turbochargers, 64 valves stuff" sounds too techno, this clarifies the deer staring into the headlights look observed on the faces of numerous gear heads at the show. This car has 1,001 horsepower; a maximum speed more than 250 mph; and it accelerates from zero to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds.
Hermés has applied its designing magic throughout the Veyron. The dashboard, which to this point has been finished with brushed aluminum, is entirely bull calfskin. The seats also are two-tone bull calfskin, and the panels separating the cockpit from the rear-positioned engine are the same rich bull calfskin. The special leather is as durable as it is beautiful. The glove box is designed to hold small travel accessories and a zipped Hermés wallet. The front trunk of the car also contains specially fitted leather accessories. This combined with the special door handles and matching colors used to blur the interior-exterior borders define what distinguishes the Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermés from other Veyron models. The "H" branded eight-spoke wheels adds the final touch.
The 11-syllable moniker that requires two breaths in order to say aloud is a tribute to Hermés' historical headquarters on the rue du Faubourg, thus, the "Fbg." The price of this stupendous supercar, as reported by the makers, is ?1.55 million, which, in the U.S. would be more than $2.4 million, depending upon exchange rates.
For LxM James Rothaar
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