2012 Paris Motor Show: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Special Edition

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 30, 2012

At this year’s Paris Motor Show, Bugatti brought a special edition of the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse in a unique Bianco and New Light Blue colour scheme. For those who don’t know, these colours pay tribute to the Type 37A, which was built in 1928, won a multitude of Grand Prix races in its time and is now owned by Jay Leno.

Despite its price of 2.5 million dollars, this Veyron was instantly sold. For this money, the owner received an impressive work of art powered by a 7.9-liter W16 engine delivering 1,200 hp and an impressive 1,500 Nm of torque. With these numbers, the car hits 100 km/h (62 mph) from standing in 2.6 seconds and has a top speed of 410 km/h (255 mph) making it the fastest production roadster ever.

The maximum speed is reached on closed tracks with special safety precautions. In “normal” handling mode, the Vitesse is electronically limited to 375 km/h (233 mph).

Regarding its looks, the car is finished in “Bianco” including the roof area and the air scoops, while the lower body panels (side skirting, front spoiler, radiator grille frame and rear apron with diffusor), inner surfaces of the wheel rims and the underside of the automatically extending rear spoiler are in “New Light Blue.” The interior comes in a noble Cognac colour in order to contrast to the extrovert exterior colours.

For the Bugatti Grand Sport and the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse, one of the main defining features are the two air scoops with one being on the right of the engine cover and the other on the left. It should be noted though that for the Vitesse, the engine cover has been redesigned. Going back to the air scoops, they have two important functions. One is to get air for the engine.

The other function is that it has been placed to be part of the vehicle’s anti-roll protection system. Similar to the Super Sport, the Grand Sport Vitesse also utilizes a monocoque that is entirely made up of carbon fiber.

This maximizes passive safety and mixes it with high torsional rigidity. Made up of carbon fiber as well is the outer skin. Bugatti though is offering the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse 16.4 to be clear-coated in visible carbon. A new feature placed in the Grand Sport Vitesse by Bugatti is the roof spoiler that not only lowers the wind noise as well as the buffeting in the interior.

A new windbreaker is even added and what makes this unique is that when it is not being used, it can be stored in the vehicle’s luggage compartment. Through these two, occupants can have fun experiencing an open-top drive even when speeds reach 124 mph (200 km/h). Going to the outside, it is easy to see that there are various aerodynamic features placed on the Grand Sport Vitesse’s front section and rear end.

These features are actually the same ones that have been seen previously on the Super Sport. Starting on the front section, the air intakes have been made larger. There are also two central air intakes that have been placed on each side of the radiator grille and horizontally separated with a bar. The air vent that is on the bottom in particular extends to the sides and goes all the way to the wheel housing.

This gives the Grand Sport Vitesse its excellent appearance. Just under this same air intake, one can immediately see the front spoiler that has been designed in a manner that makes it the same as that of splitters utilized by vehicles in motor racing. While it does make use of the xenon headlights from the Super Sport, it has been improved for the Grand Sport Vitesse. The lights are new and are bordered in black.

On the rear section, the defining features are the twin tailpipe that have been centrally positioned and the double diffusor, much like the Super Sport. Ensuring that both the front and the rear are taken cared of is the Park Distance Control system.

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