The original Bugatti Veyron 16.4 broke the supercar mould at the time of its launch in 2005. 16 cylinders, 4 turbochargers, 4 wheel drive, over 1000 PS (736 kW), a top speed of well over 400 km/h and a 2.5 second 0-100 km/h time: all these combined into a single package that was docile enough to be driven around town at maddeningly pedestrian speeds. It simply hadn't been done before. Now edging towards the twilight of its career, Bugatti has pushed what remains of the envelope a little bit further, first with the 1200 PS upgrade that was the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport and now again with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. This ultimate Bugatti combines the engine upgrades from the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport with the removable roof section of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport. The end result is a topless car with a potential 410 km/h top speed.
This latest Bugatti Veyron gains aerodynamic modifications and chassis tweaks to cope with the extra potential performance. A specially-designed roof-mounted windbreak helps keep occupants shielded from the wind buffeting expected of high-speed open top cruising. The front and rear aerodynamic modifications from the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport are also incorporated in the Grand Sport Vitesse. The seven speed gearbox has been given revisions and has been reinforced, whilst the drivetrain has been strengthened and given additional cooling to better handle the power increase. Improvements to the dampers have resulted in less pitching and body roll during extreme acceleration and braking, lighter wheels and further suspension tweaks have also reduced the understeer characteristics of the car. Improved cooling for both the brakes and the engine also features amongst the tweaks for the topless Veyron.
As with all things associated with the Bugatti Veyron, the jaw-dropping specifications do not stop at the technical: the price of this ultimate roadster is a frankly unbelievable 1.75 million Euros.