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Second Annual Bugatti Owners Drive: United Arab Emirates
What’s more fun than taking your hyper sports car out for a drive? Taking your hyper sports car out for a drive together with other hyper sports car owners, of course. Bugatti owners had that pleasure at the 2nd annual drive in United Arab Emirates.
◙ By Phil Foo
There are many places in our planet that offers hyper sports car owners the opportunity to exercise their exotic rides. One of them is Dubai. Located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, on the coast of the Persian Gulf; Dubai is a city known for its towering skyscrapers and home to Burj Khalifa, a “sky-scrapping” building that has remained to date the tallest building in the world.
Hosted by Al Habtoor Motors (official Bugatti partner in the UAE), in collaboration with Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S; the 2nd Annual UAE Bugatti Owners Drive started on a lovely morning at the famous luxury hotel and resort, Habtoor Palace. Eleven extraordinary Bugattis took part in the drive covering a distance of about 150 kilometres, through a scenic coastal road towards Saadiyat Island; a cultural hub with natural white sand beaches.
A line of beautiful Bugatti hyper sports cars lined up and ready to hit the road.
The sporty rear of the Bugatti Chiron.
The convoy of eleven Bugattis that took part in the drive are a Chiron Sport, four Chiron, one Veyron, one Veyron Grand Sport, and one Veyron Sport Vitesse; brought to the drive by their owners. Bugatti brought along two Chiron Pur Sport, and one Chiron Super Sport for the drive.
“The Bugatti Owners Drive is a wonderful opportunity for us to reconnect with our customers and show our appreciation towards their support and passion for the brand. We believe in establishing best practices in the region and we are confident this event will soon become a brand staple.”
Joseph Tayar, the General Manager of the Prestige Division
“The UAE is home to many of Bugatti’s most passionate and loyal customers. Witnessing eleven of Bugatti’s greatest creations drive in convoy through downtown Dubai and Abu Dhabi was a true representation of the brand’s presence and popularity in the region. The 2nd Annual Bugatti Owners Drive is just a small gesture of our appreciation for our UAE owners, and there will no doubt be many future occasions during which we will celebrate our shared admiration for some of the finest automobiles in the world.”
Kostas Psarris, Regional Director Middle East & Asia
What a feeling it is, enjoying the drive in complete luxury of these W16-powered machines. It is not all about power. The luxurious cabins of these cars are built with unrivalled attention to detail, using quality materials such as the leather-filled interior of the Veyron and its expertly finished aluminium switchgear.
The beautiful Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport.
Chirons in a row, looking awesome for the camera.
Amongst the eleven Bugattis, the Chiron is the fastest, most powerful and sophisticated hyper sports car Bugatti has ever made. Amongst the Chirons, the Pur Sport is the most dynamic with the fastest acceleration. It has yet to find an apex it cannot hit. With its enlarged rear wing and high-downforce setup, the Chiron Pur Sport is built to conquer corners, and to do so with the utmost composure. A tuned chassis combined with dynamic torque vectoring compliment the 1,500 PS produced by the hyper sports car’s 8.0-liter W16 engine.
A Bugatti Chiron leads the pack on this part of the drive.
The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport is known as the ultimate Grand Tourisme car for its ability to cover ground like no other automobile. With a top speed of 440 km/h it is the fastest Bugatti production vehicle. With a completely revised version of the 8.0-liter W16 engine producing 1,600 PS housed within the car’s “long tail” bodywork – extended by approximately 25cm for optimal airflow – the Chiron Super Sport knows no equal when it comes to longitudinal performance.
The convoy of Bugattis with the Bab Al Qsar hotel at the back.”
The drive came to an end at the Emirates Palace Hotel in the nation’s capital of Abu Dhabi, known for its hosting of royalties, presidents and diplomats. Here a private marina overlooking a dazzling natural bay and Qasr Al Watan, the Presidential Palace of the UAE, welcomes the drivers as they park in a semi-circular fashion outside the venue. Drivers then headed to the marina where a four-course lunch was served, as an electric harpist entertained them. A lovely end to an amazing drive.
*Photos courtesy of BUGATTI AUTOMOBILES S.A.S
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