Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is the open-top version of the Super Sport

Article by Christian A., on February 22, 2012

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport was a huge success thanks to its powerful 7.9-liter W16 engine that could provide an astounding 1,200 hp (882 kW) of output and a massive amount of torque. Now that this same engine is being fitted to the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, it is no wonder that this targa-topped model would easily attract customers.

Wolfgang Duerheimer, president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., remarked that they were electrified by the idea of having dynamic engine found on the Super Sport power the Grand Sport, which previously could only deliver 1,001 hp of max output. He noted that Bugatti eventually managed to fit this W16 engine to the Grand Sport while factoring in all vehicle dynamics and aerodynamic parameters. And this 1,200 hp Grand Sport Vitesse is being unveiled to the world at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show as the fastest roadster ever.

Supporting the claim of the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is a W16 engine that delivers 1,200 hp of max output at 6,400 rpm as well as 1,500 Nm of peak torque available between 3,000 rpm and 5,000 rpm – making its around 199 hp output more powerful than the Grand Sport. When released through seven-speed DSG transmission to all four wheels, the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse could sprint from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.6 seconds and reach a max speed 410 km/h (255 mph).

This top speed was achieved with the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse running on closed tracks with special safety precautions. When driven normally, new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse boasts of an electronically governed top speed of 375 km/h (233 mph).

Bugatti was able to hike the power of the W16 engine from 1,001 hp to 1,200 hp by employing four larger turbochargers with new intercoolers as well as by reinforcing all drivetrain components for a safer transfer of power.

Moreover, Bugatti specially adapted the gearing of the seven-speed DSG gearbox for the more powerful engine and revised the air ducting on the drivetrain, thereby reducing back pressure. As a result, the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse boasts of higher output as well as lower fuel consumption levels. Interestingly, the four-pump tank fuel system of the Grand Sport Vitesse was adopted from the Super Sport.

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