One of the most important cars to be introduced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, which has been unveiled in a dedicated press conference for the first time ever.
Just like the Super Sport coupe model it derives from, the Vitesse is powered by the impressive 8.0-litre W16 engine with four new turbochargers and bigger intercoolers, which produces an output of 1200 hp with 1500 Nm of peak torque, making it the more powerful Bugatti roadster ever and the fastest convertible of all time, reaching a top speed of no less than 410 km/h (255 mph).
In order to compensate the lack of a roper roof, Bugatti’s engineers worked on the chassis of the car to make it stiffer and on the NACA air intakes, making them larger. This modification will allow the powerful W16 unit of the model to get the right cooling when driving with the soft top down. To find out more about the model, check the official press release after the jump.
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.”