The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse boasts a remarkable maximum torque of 1,500 Nm (at 3,000–5,000 rpm) from the 7.9-liter capacity of its W16 engine. The maximum output (1,200 hp) is reached at 6,400 rpm. These figures allow the car to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from standing in unbelievable 2.6 seconds. The top speed of 410 km/h (255 mph) makes the four-wheel drive Vitesse (like all Veyrons) 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).
“After we had successfully developed the Super Sport out of the Veyron, we of course considered to do the same with the Grand Sport,” says Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber. The new President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. continues: “The result is a unique vehicle onto which we managed to transfer the dynamic alterations from the Super Sport. They convey with the roof off and on as a breathtaking driving experience.”
The 199 hp increase over the Grand Sport has been mainly achieved by using four larger turbochargers with new intercoolers. Furthermore, Bugatti has extensively reinforced all drivetrain components in order to safely transfer the immense forces at all times. The gearing of the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) in particular has been adapted to the new requirements. In this context, as on the Super Sport, Bugatti has also modified the air ducting in the area of the drivetrain. As a consequence of the larger turbochargers and the overall reduced back pressure, it was even possible to reduce the fuel consumption slightly despite the increased output. The fuel system, with a four-pump tank, has been taken from the Super Sport.
Bugatti has developed a new roof spoiler for the Vitesse that significantly reduces wind noise and buffeting in the interior. Furthermore, there will be a new windbreak for the roadster that can be stored away compactly in the luggage compartment when not in use. Both details will also be available for the Grand Sport. Together, they allow extremely relaxed, open-top driving even at speeds of around 200 km/h (124 mph).
Configuration of the show vehicle. Each one of the 300 Veyrons and 40 Grand Sports built so far is unique. This also applies to the special Vitesse model Bugatti is showing at the São Paulo Group Night. Major parts of the upper area of the body are finished in the light “Gris Rafale”, while the roof area, air scoops, air brake and some parts of the back are in blue visible carbon. This strong contrast of colours is found again in the interior but vice-versa: with lake blue leather seats and a stitching in light grey. This car costs 1.9 million Euros, whereas the base price of the Vitesse lays at 1.69 million Euros (without tax and transportation).