Actually, Bugatti calls its latest version of the Veyron the Vitesse – French for "speed" – but it is essentially a combination of the best traits of the Grand Sport and Super Sport models. The Grand Sport, as you may recall, is the convertible (or targa) version of the Alsatian supercar, while the Super Sport is the more powerful, record-breaking version.
As expected, Molsheim has taken the 1,200-horsepower version of the Veyron's engine – all eight liters, sixteen cylinders, four turbochargers and (while we're counting) ten radiators of it – from the Super Sport and combined it with the open-top body-style of the Grand Sport. The result is what Bugatti calls (and we have every reason to believe is indeed) the most powerful production roadster of all time, and with time, it will undoubtedly prove the fastest too.
In the meantime, Bugatti plans to unveil its newest seven-figure model at the rapidly approaching Geneva Motor Show, but you can check it out now in the pair of high-resolution images below and the press release after the jump.
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."