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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse: New pictures and specs

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0800

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

With the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse now officially launched at the Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti has released new pictures and specs for the Vitesse.

A ‘new’ Bugatti Veyron is a ridiculously common event for a car that is made in very small numbers. But almost all the new Veyrons we see are actually just cosmetic jobs on the regular Veyron, rather than a new variant. But the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is the real deal – a new Veyron.

True, it’s an amalgamation of two existing models – the Grand Sport and the Super Sports – which means the 1200hp of the Super Sport gets transplanted in to the removable top Grand Sport to create the most vicious toupee-wrecking hypercar on the planet.

All we had before Geneva on the Vitesse was a couple of photos – one front, one back – but now the Grand Sport Vitesse is out in the wild Bugatti has sent us some new photos and official spec. The photos are interesting – everyone likes looking at photos of expensive hypercars – but it’s some of the specs that make interesting reading.

Price we already know is going to be around €2 million (+tax) and that its eight litre engine offers 1200hp and 1500NM of torque. But Bugatti has now said they expect the Grand Sport Vitesse to hit 62mph in 2.6 seconds and 186mph in 16 seconds with a top speed of  254.8mph.

All of which is impressive, but expected. What doesn’t usually get looked at are stuff like average consumption and emissions on a Bugatti (not that you’ll care if you buy one), but even though official figures are always wildly optimistic in comparison to the real world we thought it worth a look.

The Grand Sport Vitesse will average 6.3mpg around town and its combined figure (which is supposed to indicate average consumption) is a quite painful 10.2mpg. But perhaps the figure that will give eco-mentalists palpitations is the emissions figure – 867g/km in town.

Fortunately for those of a green persuasion there aren’t enough Veyrons on the planet to make it worthwhile campaigning against the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.

Which is fortunate for the rest of us. Because, for all its faults (mainly weight) the Veyron is the pinnacle of car evolution.

(15 photos – click any thumbnail for full size)

By Cars UK