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.

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