At this point the Bugatti Veyron had officially been a success. So much of a success that people wanted a convertible model. So, the Grand Sport was created. The main issue with this was maintaining safety and rigidity within the body. In order to do so, Bugatti reinforced the side skirts and transmission tunnel, used carbon fiber to cross-stiffen the B-pillars, and added a stronger beam within each carbon fiber door. The new model, which cost about $1.8 million when it debuted, suffered only a slight loss in power, dipping to 987 horses.