Bugatti’s “Most Powerful Roadster Ever” Premieres in Geneva

By Paul Joseph

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, billed as the Italian car brand’s most powerful roadster ever, has made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

An open-top version of Bugatti’s popular Grand Sport model, the Vitesse delivers an improved 1,200hp and a maximum torque of 1,500 Nm from its 7.9-litre W16 engine.

The car is able to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from standing in just 2.6 seconds, and can reach top speeds of 410 km/h (255 mph) on closed tracks.

The increase in horsepower in tne new Bugatti has been mainly achieved by using four larger turbochargers with new intercoolers. Furthermore, the manufacturer has extensively reinforced all drivetrain components in order to safely transfer the immense forces at all times.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S, said: “We were instantly electrified by the idea of transferring the power of the Super Sport to the Grand Sport, which previously delivered a maximum of 1,001 hp, and thus taking the roadster to a new level.

“Our team has managed to transfer the world’s most powerful car engine to the open-top sports car while taking all vehicle dynamics and aerodynamic parameters into consideration.”

Notable amendments to the car’s body include a new roof spoiler that is said to significantly reduce wind noise and buffeting in the interior. The car also comes with a new windbreak that can be stored away compactly in the luggage compartment when not in use.

The Geneva Motor Show runs until 18th March.

By Paul Joseph