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Bugatti became the manufacturer of the fastest road car of the world when it launched the Veyron Super Sports. But that was not the end of the journey for the hypercar maker. With the purpose of the hard-top Bugatti Veyron achieved successfully, the company went on to challenge themselves to build a convertible version of the Veyron. The result, Bugatti brings out the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse at its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is however not built on the Veyron Super Sports platform but the earlier Veyron Grand Sport 16.4 platform.

Mr. Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. commented that the team of Bugatti engineers have managed to transfer the world’s most powerful car engine to the open-top sports car while taking all vehicle dynamics and aerodynamic parameters into consideration. And mind you, doing so is by every way, no less than a remarkable feat. Under the hood, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is powered by the 7.9 litre W16 engine that gives out a massive 1500 Nm of torque between 3000 and 5000 RPM and a total power output of 1200 BHP at 6400 RPM. Such a piece of performance machine does a 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.6 seconds with a top speed of 410 km/h!

Bugatti, however has restricted the top speed of the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse in “normal” handling mode to just 375 km/h. The increase of power in the roadster version is attributed to the use of 4 larger turbos with new intercoolers. The chassis of the Grand Sport 16.4 has been fully reconfigured for the Vitesse. Bugatti has also developed an all new roof spoiler for the Vitesse that reduces the wind noise and can be conveniently stored away in the luggage compartment when not in use, which although would be rare. Many aerodynamic cues like larger air intakes, radiator grille divided horizontally by a bar etc have been taken from the Veyron Super Sport. The Vitesse also gets lots of carbon fibre treatment both at the exterior and the interiors like the centre console extension, rear bulkhead and the belt outlet covers on the seats.

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