You have to applaud an automaker like Bugatti. Not content with being second place in the production car top speed category, the automaker created the monstrous Veyron Super Sport which, with a top tested speed of 267.81 miles per hour, holds the record for the world's fastest production coupe. Now, here at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti has officially debuted the next chapter of its top speed world domination story, because why settle for just having the world's fastest coupe when you can have the world's fastest convertible, too?

Meet the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. It's a pretty simple (yet technically astounding) package: Take the 1,200-horsepower, 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged W16 from the Veyron Super Sport and fit it under the hood of the roofless Grand Sport. Vitesse nomenclature aside (that's French for 'speed', by the way), just think of this as a Super Grand Sport.

Bugatti states that the Grand Sport Vitesse is the most powerful production roadster of all time, and once this thing hits the street, it'll surely be the fastest, too. "Once again our engineers worked hard to demonstrate that Bugatti is able to constantly redefine the boundaries of what is technically feasible," states the automaker's President, Wolfgang Dürheimer.

Scroll through our attached image gallery to see the Grand Sport Vitesse live from the Geneva show floor and check out the official press release after the jump.
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Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse celebrates world premiere in Geneva

Molsheim/France, 22 February 2012 – Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. is set to unveil the most powerful roadster of all time at the 82nd International Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of

With an increase in power up to 1,200 HP, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has
entered a new dimension of open-top driving. Optically aligned to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which holds the current world speed record of 431 km/h, the Vitesse also impresses with its dynamic driving characteristics.

Bugatti's engineers have developed the current Grand Sport, with its 1,001 HP and 1,250 Nm, into an even more powerful vehicle. The Vitesse's maximum torque is now an impressive 1,500 Nm. The increased power of the new roadster's 16-cylinder engine is made possible by the four enlarged turbochargers and intercoolers. The chassis has also been modified to support the power increase.

The Vitesse therefore also ensures the supreme range of excellent features one would expect of a
Bugatti super sports car, from precise driving dynamics to extraordinary acceleration and braking.

"The rapid success of the Super Sport convinced us to increase the performance of the Bugatti
roadster. Once again our engineers worked hard to demonstrate that Bugatti is able to constantly
redefine the boundaries of what is technically feasible," reveals Bugatti President Wolfgang
Dürheimer. "We gave our all to transfer the achievements of the Super Sport over to the Grand
Sport, thereby turning open-top driving itself into an extraordinary experience at high speed."

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Qlam Fam
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car looks like it's aimed directly towards the saudi prince market.
      • 3 Years Ago
      no wonder i couldn't find the paint for the baby's room....someone spilled it all over the veyron!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sold, i will take one in Matte Grey like the picture above... Now bugatti work on a 100 year 0% loan please.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obama wants one for him, Michelle and the kids. For us, we get peddle cars soon due to the cost of gas!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I suppose you'll say Newt will save us from high gas prices. xD Also, Obama wouldn't likely be able to afford Bugatti. Romny, on the other hand.....
        • 3 Years Ago
        Romney probably has a couple but did it in a way that he didn't have to pay taxes on them.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't care.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmmm, Here I was ready to write a check for 2 but I can't spot the price. Oh well. They probably wouldn't let me park it in a special spot at the WalMart while I run in to get my Great Value mac and cheese, either.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cannot wait to drive my Bugati to the 7 11 at record speed to buy a bag of chips and a soda.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i could use it to feed ny cow's boy they would be impressed
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think that Bugatti actually like their customers very much. "Let's see what these tackynewmoneybastards will buy now!"
        Trisha Lynn Dragon
        • 3 Years Ago
        If I was "tackynewmoneybastard" they would for damn sure have my tacky new money for this one.
      Mogowe Mgee Masete
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the color combination, but is about time they move to body design
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey let me test drive this for about five years. It must be nice to have the kind of money to afford the insurance to drive one of these let alone purchase. I will be waiting for your donation. I will accept any amount and will take pictures and whatever else you may require.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd totally rock the old navy version (as said previously). Dark blue exposed carbon fiber is awesome, plus, who commenting on here would really turn down a Bugatti if offered?
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