16 November 2004

The first deliveries of the serially-delayed Bugatti Veyron will take place in September 2005, according to Bugatti president Thomas Bscher.

Billed as the world's fastest road car, with a claimed top speed of 252mph, the Veyron has had a troublesome development. Priced at 1 million Euros (£700,600) pre-tax, the 8.0-litre W16-powered two-seater should have been launched last April. However, concerns about its high-speed stability and durability problems forced Bscher to postpone the launch to allow for further engineering work.

Bscher said a maximum of 300 Veyrons will be assembled at Bugatti's showcase factory in Molsheim, France, 50 of which are already accounted for by paid-up deposits.

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