Bugatti Veyron Grand Super Sport coming to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 4, 2012

It appears that Bugatti is very serious about a Super Sport version of the Veyron Grand Sport as the French manufacturer already started to accept orders for this new vehicle. At least according to the Dutch website Autoblog.nl, who also says that the car will make its debut in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Although we don’t have any details regarding the new car, we do expect to see the same specs as on the coupe version, which means the same 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged engine delivering 1200 hp (882 kW) and a maximum torque of 1,500 Nm.

Still, we don’t know if the car will have the same top speed of 415 km/h or 257 mph, as we are talking about a removable roof. For those who don’t know, the Veyron Super Sport has few small improvements comparing it with the standard version and we are talking about a skin made entirely of carbon-fibre composites, and the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is available in 100 percent clear-lacquered exposed carbon on request.

Veyron Super Sport has a 7-speed DSG gearbox and has a combined fuel consumption of 23.1l/100 km, while the fuel consumption in town reaches 37.2 l/100 km. The fuel consumption out of town is 14.9l/100 km.

Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. has long been known to create super-sport versions of models that have become successful. Bugatti generally puts in supercharged engines and equips a racing chassis. Still, many fans of the company consider these as genuine racing machines with the successful ones being the type 55 and the type 57S. Even then, it is estimated that around 40 units of each type was made.

The newest offering from Bugatti is the Veyron Super Sport and what is instantly noticeable is how stretched and flat its silhouette is. It is powered by the 16-cylinder engine and rather than the scoops on top of the engine, it gets its cooling air from a pair of NACA ducts that have been integrated with its roof.

Meanwhile the air intakes on the front have both been reshaped and expanded. The lower air intakes in particular now gracefully extend to the sides all the way to the wheel arch. Its rear section has been fitted with the centrally-arranged exhaust system and with the double diffuser, gives it a more athletic appearance.

While having advanced motorsport technology fitted to it makes one remember the pioneering spirit shown by Ettore Bugatti, the founder, it is seen as well on all details of the vehicle. For those not familiar, Ettore Bugatti was an amazing designer who had his roots from a family of artists.

This is why he set out to combine exterior beauty with mechanical perfection. Without a doubt this philosophy is still practiced at the company, and is also in the Veyron Super Sport. Indeed, each of the enhancements on the exterior is able to bring out better performance.

According to the company, 260 units of the Veyrons have been sold while for the Grand Sports the number is 35 units. Of these, 249 of the Veyrons have already been delivered and 22 for the Grand Sports.

Production of the Veyron Super Sport is scheduled to start in the autumn of 2010 at its facility in Molsheim. It will be the same for the Grand Sport and the Veyron. Its first five cars, which will be called as the World Record Edition, will be finished in the special exposed black carbon and orange. However these units have already been sold.

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