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More Powerful Veyron Grand Sport Coming?

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On: Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 2:30PM | By: Chris Weiss


More Powerful Veyron Grand Sport Coming?

A more powerful Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport converible has been rumored. For those counting, that's a convertible with more than the 1,001-hp of the standard Veyron Grand Sport. So, even though the report reads like a bit of a conclusion-jump by the media, it's worth considering.

What makes the report a stretch is that it's based on an interview between Bugatti chief Wolfgang Durheimer and Dutch magazine Autovisie. The only solid quote that auto folks are using to denote the potential of a bigger, badder Grand Sport is: "1,200 horsepower is too much, but more than 1,001 is absolutely possible."

Since it's a Dutch magazine, and we don't speaky no Dutch, it's hard to even gauge the full context of the statement. Was Durheimer admitting to actively looking at the possibility of adding more power, or simply commenting that the Grand Sport could accommodate a few extra horses, in theory? Is a power boost to between 1,001-hp and 1,200-hp even necessary for the convertible?

Whatever the case, one thing is clear: The Grand Sport will not become the "Grand Super Sport." The article details that the world-record-holding, 1,200-hp Super Sport hard top was built very specifically to withstand its massive power output. Aerodynamics were optimized and the carbon fiber monocoque was reinforced to ensure structural rigidity. And while a company like Bugatti can work a lot of automotive magic, it admits to being unable to reinforce its convertible hypercar to 1,200-hp spec. Aerodynamics would also prove problematic with the open top.

Bugatti has already sold its last Veyron 16.4 hard top, but is not even a third of the way through Veyron Grand Sport production. Bugatti has sold about 40 of the 150 Grand Sport models that it plans to build. While it doesn't feel like selling the remaining 110 will be a problem, designing a more powerful version would certainly help boost the Grand Sport's hype.

The Grand Sport remains Bugatti's sole offering at the moment, but it will eventually be joined or replaced by a production sedan in the vein of the 16C Galibier.




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