Bat Out Of Hell: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse 2012
Now if you thought 1000bhp in the original Bugatti Veyron was jaw-dropping, then the new Grand Sport Vitesse model with 1200bhp should sweep over you like a cold sweat(that and the price tag, but we’ll come back to that).
Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
The most obvious visual difference in this model is that it’s a convertible, and as most true speed lovers know you stay clear of a sports car even with a sunroof as it affects the rigidity of the chassis. However, with some extremely clever technology in the GSV, you might be tempted to overlook this fact and enjoy the GST for what it is, a hatless Veyron that will still scare you silly and make you grin from ear to ear every time you drive it.
The 8-litre, 16 cylinder with its four bigger turbo’s will propel you to a staggering 255mph with the targa panel in place, and 233mph with it open (electrically limited). So you’d imagine with all this extra bhp the 0-62 would be reduced too, but you’d be wrong. The GST will get there in 2.6 seconds, that is only slower by 0.1 second compared the base Veyron. This is due to the turbo’s being bigger, providing less torque at low revs and also more lag.
The four wheel drive traction is superb, driving the direction you desire with surety and stability. And when required, the braking system is as responsive as you will ever need no matter how much you ask of them. New dampers ensure a smoother ride at low speeds, and if any bumps do crop up, the damper fitted in the steering wheel will help compensate for that smoother, surer ride.
So back to the big question, the cost, and the answer is a staggering £2,000,000 depending on trim and colour. Nice if you have that in pocket change!