Bugatti officially unveiled the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Vitesse is French for ‘speed’ and this certainly applies to the new roadster from Molsheim.

Inspired by the record breaking Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is powered by a 8.0-liter W16 engine which puts out an impressive 1,200 horsepower (882kW) at 6,400 rpm. The peak torque of 1,500Nm is reached in between the 3,000 and 5,000 rpm.

The increased power of the new roadster’s 16-cylinder engine is made possible by the four enlarged turbochargers and intercoolers. The chassis has also been modified to support the power increase, which enables the driver and passenger to enjoy a maximum lateral acceleration of 1.4 g.

Power is transferred to all four wheels via a seven-speed direct-shift gearbox with a shift time of 0.1 sec. The first gear goes all the way up to 104km/h and the seconds goes to 148km/h, an illegal speed is almost every country in the world. The third gear takes you to 197km/h, the fourth to 257km/h, the fifth 313 km/h, the sixth 377km/h and the seventh gear takes you to the top speed of 410 km/h.

With an kerb weight of 1.990 kg, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is able to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 2.6 seconds. It takes only 7.1 seconds to reach the 200km/h and the 300km/h barrier is hit in exactly 16 seconds. The Veyron Vitesse runs a quarter mile in 10 seconds and covering a complete mile from standstill takes 25 seconds.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

Also impressive is the braking power of the Veyron. Thanks to its carbon-ceramic brake discs with a diameter of 400 mm at the front and 380 mm at the rear interior, ventilation, eight-piston monoblock caliper units in the front, and six-piston caliper units in the rear, it takes less than 5 seconds to get from 0 to 100km/h and back to a complete standstill. The whole braking process takes no more than 31.4 meters or 2.3 seconds, less than the car needs to get from 0 to 100km/h. While braking, the Veyron boasts deceleration values of up to 1.3 g, with an additional 0.6 g support by the rear spoiler.

The Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse has three different modes for suspension heights. The first is standard, destined for town traffic and speeds of up to180 km/h. From 180km/h, automatic configurations switches from standard to handling. The handling mode is also manually selectable for racing on tracks. And then there is the top speed mode for speeds beyond 375 km/h, which is activated via a special key before the engine is started.

Just like as previous figures, those of the fuel consumption and emissions are also mighty. The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse has a tank capacity of 100l and uses 37.2 l/100 km in town. Out of town, the fuel consumption drops to 14.9 l/100 km. The co2 emissions wouldn’t please environmentalists with 867 g/km in town, 348 g/km out of town and 539 g/km combined.

Price is expected to be around 2 million Euro excluding taxes.

Video: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Live in Geneva

Geneva Motor Show 2012

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