Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

The fastest production roadster in history

Predictably, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse was the toast of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It combines the engine of the Super Sport (plus a number of exterior and interior design cues) with the space and comfort of the original Grand Sport. The 1200bhp of power available from the Grand Sport Vitesse naturally makes it immensely exciting to drive, as well as the fastest production roadster in history.

Even more impressive, however, is the way in which drivers can control and allocate the almost limitless driving capabilities of the Vitesse. This is due to the exceptional traction and stability provided by the four-wheel drive system, extremely adaptive dampers, and 100% carbon fibre bodywork.

Overview

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

On track days, the 7.9 litre, 16-cylinder Bugatti engine can surge up to 255mph without a great deal of difficulty. The finely balanced engine and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission puts 1,500Nm of torque at your disposal between 3,000 and 5,000rpm; small wonder that the Vitesse passes the 62mph mark in 2.6 seconds.

At the same time, a great deal of effort has been made to ensure that travelling at such high speeds in a roadster is a relaxed and comfortable one. A new roof spoiler and windbreak does a fine job of reducing noise and turbulence inside the cockpit, making the ultimate open-top driving experience that bit more enjoyable.

Interior Tour

Technology

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

The carbon fibre monocoque of the Grand Sport Vitesse possesses a torsional rigidity of 22,000Nm per degree. The enormous structural strength, as well as providing excellent body control when cornering, gives the car excellent resistance to sudden impacts – you will find none of the quivering associated with high-speed roadsters here, even when travelling at the fastest speeds.

The robust nature of the Vitesse’s framework could be even more important in protecting you and your passengers if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a road accident. This adds to the arsenal of active and passive safety measures, which include an advanced Electronic Stability Programme and anti-roll bars hidden in the air sockets to the rear of the cockpit. That is not to mention the excellent brakes, which enable you to come to a halt from 62mph in a mere 2.3 seconds.

Specification

  • Top Speed255 MPH

  • 0-60 MPH2.5s

  • Max Power1200 BHP

  • Engine Size7993 CC

  • Weight1990 KG

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse
Dimensions
Vehicle length 4462 mm / 175.7 in
Vehicle width 1998 mm / 78.7 in
Vehicle height (unladen) 1190 mm / 46.9 in
Wheelbase 2710 mm / 106.7 in
Weight
Unladen weight (DIN) 1990 kg / 4387 lb
Engine
Engine / cylinders / valves 7.9 litre / 16 / 64
Fuel management Direct injection
Max torque @ engine speed 1500 Nm @ 3500 - 5000 rpm
Power output @ engine speed 1200 bhp @ 6200 rpm
Performance
Top speed 255 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph 2.6 sec
Fuel Consumption
Urban 22.8 ltr/100 km / 8 mpg (Imp.)
Extra urban 10.2 ltr/100 km / 19 mpg (Imp.)
Combined consumption / range 1 4.8 ltr/100 km / 12 mpg (Imp.)
CO2 emissions (combined) 539 g/km