In French, “Vitesse” means speed and French automaker Bugatti has the perfect car to match its name. Enter Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. First spotted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Bugatti Vitesse (or the Grand Sport Vitesse as some people may call it) is the roadster version of a supercar.
It has an unrivalled performance and is incredibly fast and dynamic but is very comfortable and safe (to drive) at the same time. This open-top roadster is an all-wheel drive 7-speed DSG that is powered by a W16 engine.
It can produce up to 1,100 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm and a maximum output of about 1,200 horsepower. The Vitesse can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds and has a top speed at around 233 mph. Its newly developed roof spoiler and wind deflector enable a more relaxed open-top driving even when going at 124 mph.
In 2013, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse became the title holder as the world’s fastest open-top production sports car. It was driven by Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu at the Ehra-Lessien with a speed at about 254.04 mph.
Even at such a high speed, Liu claims that the Vitesse was “incredibly comfortable and stable” without being compromised by the wind at such a high speed. However, on the 11th of April 2016, the title of being the world’s fastest open-top production sports car was snatched from the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.
The Hennessey Venom GT Spyder hit a speed of 265.60 mph during its run at California’s Naval Air Station Lemoore beating Veyron’s 254.04 mph. The Bugatti Vitesse came at around 11 mph short. Dang! Anyway, a Racelogic VBOX was used to record the GT Spyder’s speed.
Here’s some refresher for those who have forgotten how awesome this new world record holder is and for those who have absolutely no idea of the power of the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder. In Autumn of 2011, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler approached Hennessey and requested an open-top version of the Venom GT.
Incredibly, Hennessey yielded to the request and made structural changes including an additional 30 pounds to the Venom GT’s curb weight. There were five 2013 model year cars delivered including Tyler’s. The Hennessey Venom GT Spyder is powered by a 7.0-liter Hennessey-built twin-turbo V8 engine and is capable of producing 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm.
It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and cover a quarter-mile in 9.92 seconds. To top it off, the GT Spyder has a top speed of about 278 mph.
Two years ago, Hennessey Venom GT was the title holder as the fastest convertible with a speed of 270.49 mph, about 2 seconds faster than its then rival the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. And Hennessey has once again stolen the title from Bugatti plus broken its own record thanks to the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder.