Offering stunning proof that you can never have too much horsepower in any supercar, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse makes its debut at Geneva. In contrast to the "standard" Grand Sport roadster that gets by with a 1,001-horse version of the 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbo engine, this latest open-topped Veyron variant uses the enhanced 1,183-horsepower unit from the Veyron Super Sport. Fortified with bigger turbochargers and larger intercoolers, it also cranks out a tarmac-shredding 1,106 lb-ft of torque.
Bugatti has yet to make any claims regarding acceleration or projected maximum velocity for the new Grand Sport Vitesse, but the Veyron Super Sport, currently the world's fastest road car, tops out at a record 268 mph. To help the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse cope with the added internal stresses that result from its extra measure of motive might, Bugatti engineers also made a number of structural enhancements to the car's chassis and suspension systems.
"The rapid success of the Super Sport convinced us to increase the performance of the Bugatti roadster," noted Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer. "Once again our engineers worked hard to demonstrate that Bugatti is able to constantly redefine the boundaries of what is technically feasible. 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."