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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse: The Rich Getting Richer!

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On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 4:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse: The Rich Getting Richer!

When it comes to cars like the Veyron, to most normal folk, 1000 horsepower seems like just about enough for a car straight off the production line. Four turbos, all-wheel drive, and the record for fastest production car ever all make for plenty of interesting conversation at most gas stations. But of course, to those that can actually afford one (and those that build them), that benchmark was just a starting point.

After creating the original world record-beater, Bugatti then decided that the only thing more fun than breaking speed records would be to break speed records -- with the wind in your hair! So the Veyron Grand Sport was born, and the world was given the fastest open air coupe this side of an Indy car.

Then, as with most gearheads, somehow 1,001 horsepower was just not quite enough. So, the inspired (read:  possessed) engineers over in France decided to push the limits even further and created the Veyron Super Sport with a disturbing 1,200 horsepower and quickly (pun intended) established itself as the fastest car on the planet.

At this point, it should be no surprise what the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is even without looking at the pictures. When thinking like a crazed speed freak, if 1,001 horsepower is a good time in an open-air coupe, well then, hell, 1,200 is just a party waiting to happen! The Vitesse is basically your garden-variety Grand Sport that has been given the Super Sport treatment. Because the Grand Sport does give up the fixed-roof rigidity of the coupe, Bugatti builders were smart enough to reinforce the chassis to help deal with the power of two and a half Corvette ZO6s under the hood. The seven-speed DSG transmission also needed a few upgrades to deal with the car's locomotive-like 1,106 lb-ft of torque. The Grand Sport Vitesse starts with the same 16 cylinder quad turbo engine as the "normal" Grand Sport, but gets bigger turbos and intercoolers to help crank up the boost, in pretty much the same way the base Veyron was transformed into the Super Sport.

Aside from the engine upgrades, the Vitesse borrows other components from its fixed-roof Super Sport sibling: Larger front intakes, and updated front spoiler, rear diffusor, center tailpipe, rear air scoops and xenon head lamps are all shared between the two cars. The Vitesse also gets a new roof spoiler and wind breaker to help its VIP passengers discuss important business at a reasonable volume.

With a price of just about $2.6 million, the all-carbon fiber Vitesse (which translates to "speed" for those that were curious), lives up to its name. It can do 0-60 mph in an GTR-pulverizing 2.6 seconds and top out at a record-setting 255 mph. Apparently not only do the rich get richer, but as cars go, the fast(est) get faster.

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