Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

We all know about the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 – the fastest production car on Earth. Everything about the car is a superlative, from its 1000-horsepower quad-turbocharged W16 engine to its 252 mph top speed. Even the price tag is astronomical: $1.6 million for the two-seater.

The original Veyron 16.4 coupe went on sale in 2008 with a limited production of just 300 vehicles. Bugatti then made the the world’s fastest convertible when they unveiled the Veyron Grand Sport in 2010. The latest and greatest factory offering is the Grand Sport Vitesse.

Costing upwards of $2 million USD, this hypercar boasts a staggering 1,200 horsepower – 200 more than the standard Veyron. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds – not bad for a car that weighs 4400 lbs! The top speed is electronically limited to 254.9 miles per hour, though the car has been tested to 267 mph by Bugatti engineers.

I saw this orange dandy at Barrett-Jackson 2013. It did not cross the auction block; it was just sitting there, minding its own business, parked next to a 2013 Corvette C7 Stingray (to be featured in an upcoming post).

The Grand Sport Vitesse is currently the king of the hill in the automotive world. The fact that this car can travel at over 250 miles per hour without taking off (or needing its engine rebuilt) is a true marvel of automotive engineering. But it may not be the king for long!

Rumor has it that Bugatti is working on a “Super Veyron” to be unveiled in 2013. That car will have an estimated 1800 HP and a top speed of 288 miles per hour! These mind-boggling numbers seem to defy what is possible with physics and land-based vehicles, but if anyone can do it, I believe that Bugatti can.