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

Article by Christian A., 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).

Looking at the Grand Sport Super Sport, it is clear that various aerodynamic measures have been utilized not only on the front but on the rear section as well. These same features have been implemented on the Grand Sport Vitesse. Take the rear section for example. The main feature is the double diffusor as well as the twin tailpipe that has been centrally positioned, much like the Super Sport.

On the front end, the well-known Bugatti radiator grille is still present and this time, it has been divided horizontally through a bar. Each side of the grille has those two large central air intakes, which is in fact the defining feature of this section. There is also an air vent on the bottom which goes to the side and that extends all the way to the wheel housing.

This ensures that the Vitesse gets that exceptionally masterful look. Going back to the air intake, just under it is the front spoiler which has redesigned to give it the appearance of splitters that are generally seen in motor racing. The Super Sport’s xenon headlights are also in this new model albeit redesigned and with a black frame.

Helping watch over both the rear and the front sections is the new Park Distance Control system, or PDC. Another characteristic that is unique to the Grand Sport are a set of two air scoops placed on the right and left of the engine cover. As such, this same feature is in the Vitesse though it has been redesigned. Under this model, the air scoops are able to meet two important objectives.

In addition to giving the engine that needed air, it has been integrated rather elegantly to the vehicle’s anti-roll protection system. Similar to the Super Sport, the Vitesse also has the full carbon-fiber monocoque ensuring maximum passive safety and high torsional rigidity. Given that the outer skin of the Grand Sport is composed entirely of carbon fiber, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport 16.4 Vitesse also comes in a visible clear-coated carbon.

One new characteristic of the Vitesse is that Bugatti placed on it a new roof spoiler. With this, the buffeting and the wind noise experienced on the interior are lowered. This roadster will also have a windbreak which can be stored in its luggage compartment if not in use. When combined, occupants can have an open-top driving that is more relaxed despite running at around 124 mph (200 km/h). These two details though will be made available for the Grand Sport.

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