Bugatti introduces the 1200hp Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
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The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse (Vitesse is speed in French) is based on the topless Veyron Grand Sport but Bugatti engineers have ripped out the measly 1,001 horsepower 16 cylinder engine to make room for the 1,200 horsepower unit from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – the same engine set the world production speed record of 267.856 miles per hour.
The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse packs an 8 liter engine fitted with 16 cylinders, 4 enlarged turbochargers, and ten radiators to pound out an unbelievable 1,200 horsepower. That incredible amount of power is funneled to all four wheels via a seven speed dual clutch transmission and an ultra advanced all wheel drive system that works with an electronic steering system to enhance the drivability of the Veyron at speeds above 250 miles per hour. The combination of these components in the topless Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse will give the legendary coach builder the claim of offering the world’s most powerful roadster ever. There is a better chance than not that once the open aired Grand Sport Vitesse gets into the hands of the people looking to break the 250mph barrier, the Veyron Vitesse will eventually be named the world’s fastest roadster in addition to being the most powerful.
"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."
In order to make sure that the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse can handle the added power and increased speeds, the company engineers have enhanced the chassis of the topless Veyron. In addition to being able to achieve incredible top speeds, the 1,200 horsepower and 1,106lb-ft of torque should afford the Veyron Vitesse unprecedented acceleration times with a 0-60 likely below 3 seconds and a standing quarter mile in 9 second range…and its fully street legal.
The only bad news for those sitting at home, drooling over the 1,200 horsepower Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is that with a base price of the Grand Sport being $1.7 million US dollars and the 1,200 horsepower Super Sport costing $2.7 million, the topless 1,200 horsepower monster is likely to carry a price tag north of $2 million American dollars.
The Bugatti brand has long made vehicles that have become the stuff motoring dreams are made of and with the new Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, it looks like the legendary supercar builder has done it again.