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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse revealed

Ridiculous power, even more ridiculous name...

Bugatti has announced the world premiere of the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse will take place at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6.

The Grand Sport Vitesse is essentially a mix between the two Veyron variants: the Grand Sport roadster and Super Sport. This reveal hasn’t really come as a surprise, as Bugatti has sold all of the SuperSport models available and interest in the lower powered model has almost completely died. The Grand Sport Vitesse has the body structure of the Grand Sport featuring the removable carbon fibre roof panel, while the visual appearance and performance come from the SuperSport, which holds the current 268mph world speed record.

The Veyron Grand Sport roadster normally outputs 987 bhp and 922lb-ft torque, but in Vitesse dress it boasts the SuperSport’s muscle with 1,184 bhp and 1,106lb-ft of torque. Just like the Super Sport, the increased power of the new roadster's 16-cylinder engine is accomplished with four enlarged turbos and intercoolers. The chassis has also been modified to support the extra power.

Visually the car is an odd combination of the two models. The front end gets the more aggressive SS front bumper with additional cooling vents, while at the back there is the SS rear bumper with more vents and twin central exhausts for that gargantuan 8.0 quad-turbo W16 engine. Due to the need for the roof panel to be removable, the Vitesse does without the SS’s re-profiled rear deck with NACA ducts for the engine, instead keeping the two large air intakes that protrude above the roofline. This, along with the fact that the roof panel is removable will undoubtedly affect the Vitesse’s top speed, but we won’t know more details until the full reveal in Geneva.

"The rapid success of the Super Sport convinced us to increase the performance of the Bugatti roadster. Once again our engineers worked hard to demonstrate that Bugatti is able to constantly redefine the boundaries of what is technically feasible," says Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer in a press statement. "We gave our all to transfer the achievements of the Super Sport over to the Grand Sport, thereby turning open-top driving itself into an extraordinary experience at high speed."

What we don’t know, is why they chose the ‘Vitesse’ name. It may be okay elsewhere in the world but in the UK it conjures up images of mid-90’s Rovers with dodgy wood trim. Though we doubt that registered on Bugatti’s radar. Either way, we’ll bring you full details of the Vitesse from Geneva.

Images courtesy of Bugatti

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more