Bugatti shows a special Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse at the Auto China 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 27, 2012

Bugatti has released more details about the new Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse – an open-top version of the Grand Sport that delivers 882 kW (1,200 hp). This has the same output as the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, which has been very successful. The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is powered by the 7.9-litre capacity of its W16 engine that has an outstanding maximum torque of 1,500 Nm (at 3000–5000 rpm).

It is able to reach its maximum output (1,200 hp) at 6,400 rpm. These figures enable the car to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.6 seconds. With a top speed of 410 km/h (255 mph), the four-wheel drive (just like all Veyrons) Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest production roadster ever. This model’s output is 199hp higher than that of the Grand Sport.

It was attained with the use of four larger turbochargers with new intercoolers. To handle the tremendous power that the Bugatti model is capable of, all of its drivetrain components have been extensively reinforced. It has been equipped with bigger turbochargers and has overall reduced back pressure, resulting to the slight reduction of its fuel consumption even as its power output is greater.

The chassis of the Vitesse has been reconfigured to make sure that it can be safely driven even with its massive power. Because of the quick-responding dampers that were adapted from motor racing, the vehicle’s control has been improved and now has perfect balance.

It offers unmatched lateral acceleration that could go up to 1.4 g and its tires have precise interaction as they’re covered with all-new, lighter 20-inch “Vitesse”-type alloy wheels. It also features the intelligent all-wheel-drive system to guarantee stable handling. The individualization options for the Bugatti are so numerous that each of the 350 Veyrons would surely be unique.

But of course, this is also the case with the other Bugatti models displayed at the 2012 Beijing International Motor Show. The Grand Sport Vitesse is painted in all black with red rims in a diamond pattern. Its bolder, dynamic appearance is attributed to its carmine red interior and seats, a good fit to the positioning of the new Grand Sport Vitesse (which has a price tag of 1.80 million euros).

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