Then there is the bodywork, all new carbon-fiber panels that have a chunky knit weave, like a comfy old sweater that's been lacquered and caressed into board-stiff sinew and muscle. That was because Bugatti's carbon just looks black from a distance, whereas this maintains the check pattern long after it's blown you off the road.
Mansory then decided on a dark chrome finish for the front fenders, which involved layer upon layer of paint, lacquer and more paint to get the mirrored effect. It looks a little like the Pur Sang, but in their own way they're very different according to Mansory. How is he so sure? A customer missed the boat and wanted one so badly he took his Veyron to the factory in Brand, in eastern Germany, where Mansory recreated it for him.
The interior is all new, and maybe a step too far for the discerning customer. The leather is so white it hurts the eyes on first acquaintance, and then there's more of that thick set carbon fiber throughout the cabin, topped off with a strip of lights along the dashboard. The velvet glove of the Veyron has been replaced with an iron fist of an interior that would take nerve to carry off-but then shrinking violets were unlikely to apply in the first place.
And there's no doubting the finish. On the quiet, Mansory provides interiors for half the tuning industry and has more grades of leather, ostrich and exotic animal skin than you can imagine. Want a car trimmed in finest Peruvian boa constrictor? This is the place you have to come to.
The name, incidentally, is the heartfelt last line in Nessun Dorma, which in turn is based on 1,001 Nights. That relates to Mansory's own Middle Eastern roots and the power of the base Veyron (1,001 PS), and it means: "I will win."
This is a car for the guy who simply has to have the biggest, baddest and most expensive of everything. It costs more than $1 million on top of the standard Veyron, and is for the special few who can't stand it when other men turn up at the yacht club gala in the same automotive dress. It's an obscene demonstration of wealth, then, which means that three of them just won't be enough.
Mansory Linea Vincero
Longitudinal mid-engine, all-wheel drive
8.0-liter W16, 64-valve, quad turbocharged. Mansory air intake, titanium sport exhaust, ECU remap
Eight-piston calipers with 400mm carbon-ceramic rotors (f), six-piston calipers with 380mm carbon-ceramic rotors (r)
Wheels and Tires
Mansory alloy, 10x20 (f), 14x21 (r)
Michelin Pilot Sport Pax, 265-680 ZR 500A (f), 365-710 ZR 540A (r)
Mansory carbon-fiber panels, front splitter, daytime running lights
Peak Power: 1,109 hp @ 6000 rpm
Peak Torque: 966 lb-ft @ 2200 rpmv
0-62 mph: 2.5 sec.
Top Speed: 253 mph