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Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse Billed as Most Powerful Roadster Ever

Torque, horsepower up 20% over original Grand Sport.

by on Feb.22, 2012

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse will make over 1,200 hp and over 1,100 ft-lbs of torque.

Bugatti has never been one to skimp on power, not since the launch of the mind-bogglingly fast Veyron broke the 1,000-horsepower barrier.  But the maker has continued nudging up the pony count with a series of Veyron spin-offs and now is set to unveil what it’s billing as the world’s most powerful roadster ever at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

While the specifics are yet to come, expect to launch from 0 to 60 mph faster than you can say: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Vitesse Sport.

The new Grand Sport Vitesse will make the earlier Grand Sport roadster seem like a virtual piker when it comes to power, bumping the earlier model’s 1,001 hp up to 1,200, with the torque figure jumping from 1,250 Newton-meters to 1,500 Nm – or from 922 lb-ft to 1106 for the metrically challenged.

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To get there, Bugatti engineers adopted a set of four larger turbochargers and intercoolers.  The chassis has also been stiffened, the maker notes, “to support the power increase.”