Mar. 7th, 2012

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Debuts at Geneva Motor Show

Photo Courtesy of Bugatti
The world’s most powerful roadster will make its debut this week at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show, as the world meets the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The new roadster’s 7.9-liter W16 engine has a maximum output of 1,200 horsepower and accelerates from zero to 62 mph in a mind-boggling 2.6 seconds will be formally be introduced at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show.

While this year’s motor show includes 260 exhibitors and 180 premiers, the 1,200-horsepower roadster is sure to garner its share of attention. The boost in the engine’s horsepower stems mostly from four, larger turbochargers and new intercoolers, according to a statement released by Bugatti.

The Grand Sport Vitesse is extensively reinforced throughout the car’s drivetrain to handle its additional power. The dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission received extra-special attention to maximize the performance of the four-wheel drive super roadster.  

"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,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer. president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

“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. We are proud to present the fastest roadster ever at the Geneva Motor Show with the world premiere of the 1,200 [horsepower] Grand Sport Vitesse.”

The price tags on the two versions of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sports Vitesse that will be exhibited are €1.91 million and €1.75 million, respectively. The 2012 Geneva International Motor Show at the Palexpo begins Thursday, March 8, and concludes Sunday, March 18, 2012. For more information about the Bugatti, visit

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