A gold Bugatti Veyron belonging to popular rapper Flo Rida has garnered praise and controversy after the hip-hop star decided to deck out the already expensive luxury car with a gold and chrome finish. The Bugatti Veyron is already one of the most expensive cars in the world, costing $1.7 million, leading some to criticize the lavish display as an exercise in excess.
The gold Bugatti Veyron was originally pearl white when Flo Rida, whose real name is Tramar Dillard, purchased it recently. The Miami-based rapper apparently wasn't satisfied, however, as he asked Hollywood, Fla. company Metro Wrapz to cover the car in 24-karat gold chrome, complete with a chrome wheels.
"I have very little time for Flo-rida's Gold Veyron. Surely it's like putting a moustache on the Mona Lisa," AutoBant tweeted. Some agreed, as the rapper's Bugatti Veyron is one of only 300 in the world- it's about as exclusive as you can get.
"It's remarkable to think that with every day Americans struggling, Flo Rida decide to pimp out the world's most expensive and fastest car into a gold Bugatti," KPopStarz reported.
Part of that speed comes from the Veyron's 16-cylinder W-engine, which produces over 1,000 horsepower and pushes the car to 254 mph at its maximum. The car is also very expensive to maintain, with a replacement transmission costing $120,000, replacement tires running for $25,000, and replacement rims and their servicing costing $70,000.
Though Flo Rida has not yet commented on the gaudy vehicle, MetroWrapz, who has clientele like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Macy's and Pitbull, elaborated on the process. Bruno Dede owns of MetroWrapz, and the company called the car a "quality product" as it was featured at the Forgiato Fest 2013.
"Flo puts all his trust in Bruno to deliver a quality product when it comes to his rides. Originally wrapped in chrome, Flo-Rida decided to change it up and turn it into a Golden Gatti. The shoes on the Gold Gatti match the vinyl. Flo-Rida's Bugatti is sitting on 24 inch, 24 karat gold Forgiato rims," MetroWrapz said in a statement on their website.