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Bugatti's 1,200 HP Convertible

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On: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti's 1,200 HP Convertible

Bugatti has finally revealed the 1,200-hp Veyron Grand Sport that we've been hearing about for months. Instead of going the obvious direction - Veyron Grand Super Sport - Bugatti named its super-potent convertible the Grand Sport Vitesse. In case you think that the name has any relation to the horrifying tune known as the Mansory Bentley Vitesse Rose, Vitesse actually means "speed" in French, so it's a fitting name for a 1,200-hp convertible.

The Vitesse is essentially a Veyron Super Sport with an open top. The model features the build of the standard Grand Sport, albeit with a little extra bulk to handle the increased power and speed. It gets the Super Sport's upgraded 1,200-horsepower W-16 engine.

As you'll recall from the Super Sport, the jump from 1,001-hp to 1,200-hp comes courtesy of larger quad turbos and intercoolers. The upgraded engine puts out 1,106 lb.-ft. of torque compared to the standard Grand Sport's 922 lb.-ft. Bugatti calls the Grand Sport Vitesse the most powerful roadster of all time, and until something like the Transtar Dagger GT hits reality, we aren't inclined to argue.

"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," Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer said in a press release. "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."

Bugatti hasn't provided an estimated top speed for the Grand Sport Vitesse, something that car fans are certainly anxious to see, what with the 1,200-hp hard-top Veyron being the current world speed champion and all. That model hit close to 268 mph back in 2010. The Grand Sport Vitesse's speed capabilities will undoubtedly be a little more modest, but should be unlike any other convertible.

Bugatti will make the Grand Sport Vitesse official at the Geneva Motor Show in a couple weeks.


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