10 years after its release in 2012, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse still holds the record for the fastest convertible with a top speed of 408.84 km/h.
10 years later, still faster
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is the base variant of the Veyron. Sold in 2012, the car set the speed record for the convertible at the Volkswagen group’s test track in Ehra-Lessien. It reaches a maximum speed of 408.84 km /
For 10 wivesth anniversary, this Veyron maintains its record. To achieve this task, the French manufacturer has made an extra effort to install a removable roof. The latter is made of lightweight polycarbonate for stability at full speed. To increase weight and stability at all times, Bugatti strengthened the rigidity of the body and used a monocoque structure in carbon fibers. The Coupé version does not benefit from this type of treatment.
As a reminder, the maximum speed allowed with an open roof is electronically limited to 360 km / h. So the Bugatti Veryon 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse had its roof closed while setting its record.
Bugatti Veyron and its W16
The Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has the same power as the Super Sport. So we get a big 8-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers that develops 1,200 hp and 1,500 Nm of torque. This represents 199 hp more than the Grand Sport of 2008. With all-wheel drive and a 7-speed gearbox, it does 0 to 100 km / h in 2.6 seconds. It takes 7.1 seconds to exceed 200.
The manufacturer has worked hard on the rigidity of the car and anti-rollover. It therefore shows a stiffness of 22,000 Nm (16,226 lb-ft) per degree on the calculated load paths. There are 92 copies of this car around the world and all of them have a floor price of 2 million euros.
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is still the speed queen in the convertible category. However, this record may fall at any time. Hennessey is preparing a road version of the Venom F5, the main rival of the French manufacturer.