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Bugatti Nabs New Land Speed Record

Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse named “World’s Fastest Open-Top Production Car.”

by on Apr.12, 2013

The world's fastest open-top production car, a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.

Don’t count Bugatti down-and-out. True, the maker recently had to relinquish the title of “World’s Fastest Production Car,” having been bested by the Hennessy Venom. But if you lose one trophy line up another, it seems, and Bugatti proved it still had plenty of game by delivering a 408.84 kmh run in its open-topped Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.

For the metrically challenged, that works out to an impressive 254.04 miles per hour with driver Anthony Liu behind the wheel at the Volkswagen proving grounds in Ehra-Lessian Germany. The maker had the folks from TUV, the German technical inspection and record keepers, on hand for the run, which it hopes will help ensure a place for the black-and-orange super-coupe a place in the Guinness World Records.

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You can check out the image here of the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse making its run or – if you just happen to be there – see it in the actual sheet metal a few weeks from now when Bugatti puts it on display at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.

You can even buy one of its clones, the French-based Bugatti planning to offer eight of them for a mere 1.990 million Euros – or $2.61 million.


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.”