This year at the Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti has introduced the most powerful roadster of all time. We’re talking of course about the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse which as you would expect is based on the open-topped Grand Sport version, but it comes with a serious power boost that we’ve seen in the Super Sport model which is the closed-topped Veyron.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse
The Grand Sport offers no less than 987 hp and a peak torque of 922 lb.-ft, whereas the Vitesse comes with a massive 1,184 hp available at 6,400 rpm and a maximum torque of 1,105 lb.-ft available between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm. That horsepower is coming from the huge 8-liter, 16-cylinder engine that comes with four enlarged turbochargers and intercoolers. In order to support the power increase, Bugatti’s engineers have modified the chassis of the car.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse
No word about the 0-62 mph sprint time of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse (long name, isn’t it?) but most likely it should be of about 2.5 seconds, which is 0.2 quicker than the regular Grand Sport. The latter is able to reach a top speed of 253 mph with the transparent polycarbonate roof on while without it the top speed is limited to 223 mph.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse
Bugatti hasn’t released any details concerning the price tag of the Grand Sport Vitesee, but since the Super Sport costs 2.1 million pounds, the roadster will cost just about the same.
A very horrible bodykit is up for sale on eBay right now. We are talking about this Honda Civic Coupe-compatible kit that has been transformed by its owner to look more (or less) like a Bugatti Veyron 16.4. As you can see, the end result is pretty awful.
If you want to buy this “automotive masterpiece” you should be able to pay no less than $4,500 along with shipping taxes. Keep in mind that this price is only for the kit so you’ll need to pay extra for the car plus prepare to do a lot of work fitting this bodykit onto a mid 90s Civic Coupe.
This is what happens when you are too big of a fan of the Fast & Furious franchise…
This would have to be yet another special edition of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport. Wearing the “Bumblebee” designation, this is a black and yellow themed edition of the fastest car in the world. The car is scheduled to make its debut today at the 2012 Qatar Motor Show.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Bumblebee
This version of the Grand Sport comes with a horizontal color split with a very bright yellow body that is encased in black carbon. Bugatti applied the same theme for the interior where we notice the yellow-colored leather that covers the upper and lower sections of the door panels as well as on the dashboard.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Bumblebee
As for the center console, this one has a black carbon finish, while its middle sections of the dashboard, along with the steering wheel, door panels and the gearshift are covered in high quality black leather with yellow stitching.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Bumblebee
As you probably remember, the standard version of the Veyron Grand Sport costs $1.8 million while this special edition costs a whopping $2.05 million, without taking into consideration taxes and delivery fees. Bugatti mentioned that they’ll make only 150 units but you need to hurry because 45 of them have already been ordered.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Edition Merveilleux as a 40th birthday present
What would make an ideal 40th birthday present? For those with extremely deep pockets, one solution to make a friend or a member of the family very happy would be to buy a car. But not just any car, a special edition (yes, another one) of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, dubbed Merveilleux.
This was a gift for a mysterious person by the name of Simon, and the car is a one-off model, featuring a carbon fiber exterior and black alloys. Inside the cabin it has seats wrapped around in blue leather that have black “Super Sport” logos on the headrests.
As you probably already know, the Super Sport version of the all mighty Veyron is powered by a massive 16-cylinder, quad turbocharged engine that develops an almost unbelievable 1184 hp (1,200 PS / 882 kW) and a maximum torque of 1,106 lb.-ft (1,500 Nm). The top speed of the car is 258 mph (415 km/h), but you certainly know that a special version of the car managed to hit 268 mph (430 km/h), thus becoming the fastest production car in the world.
Our colleagues from WorldCarFans have managed to take a couple of spy shots with the upcoming Super Sport version of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport (convertible version). We believe that it is the hotter SS version because the bumpers look very similar to the ones on the Veyron Super Sport, only this time the air intakes are bigger and fixed.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Super Sport
A few weeks ago, the company’s president Wolfgang Durheimer said something about a more powerful version of the Grand Sport that will output more hp than the regular Veyron which has 987 hp (1001 PS / 736 kW) and a peak torque of 922 lb.-ft (1,250 Nm).
You probably know that the days of the Bugatti Veyron are numbered but good news is that the Grand Sport version will go out with a serious bang. Bugatti’s president, Wolfgang Durheimer hinted in an interview given to De Telegraaf’s Autovise that a more powerful variant of the car will be released. He denied the possibility of a Super Sport (1,184 hp / 1,200 PS / 883 kW) version, but he did say that this Grand Sport will have “more than 987 hp (1,001 PS / 736 kW)”.
As a reminder, Bugatti plans on rolling out 150 units of the Veyron Grand Sport and Durheimer stated that the supercar maker has already sold 40 units and a very wealthy client from the Middle East ordered eight Veyrons!
As you probably already know, Bugatti has stopped making the Veyron Super Sport so your chances of buying a brand new one are zero. However, if you really want the car and you can afford to pay an insane amount of money for it, you should know that a British luxury car dealer by the name of Tom Hartley has one for sale right now.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Sang Noir
The dealer has the bespoke model that was exhibited at this year’s edition of the Geneva Motor Show and comes with tangerine seats and a gorgeous matte black paint. The car has been barely driven as the odometer reads 864 miles (1,390 km).
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Sang Noir
As a reminder, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is powered by a huge 16-cylinder 8.0-liter engine that fires 1183 hp (1,200 PS / 882 kW) and has a peak torque of 1106 lb.-ft (1,500 Nm). With such power available, the SS can hit a limited top speed of 258 mph (415 km/h).
We almost forgot about the asking price – $3.4 million (2.4 million Euro / 2.1 million pounds)!
We have some great news for those of you who were waiting for the Bugatti Galibier. After months of rumors and speculations, the company’s president Wolfgang Durheimier confirmed for Auto Motor und Sport that the car will go into production, albeit a limited run.
The car will go on sale in last part of next year and it will be powered by an impressive 16-cylinder engine that should churn about 789 hp (800 PS / 588 kW) to 986 hp (1,000 PS / 735 kW). The company’s representative estimates that the car will be sold in approximately 1,000 – 1,500 units.
Bugatti 16C Galibier
No word about the pricing yet but Bugatti’s executive hinted that the car will have a price tag of over $1,440,000 (1,000,000 Euros).
The most “affordable” car in the top 10 list of the most expensive cars in the world published by Forbes is the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe – with a price tag of $447,000. Equipped with the same massive V12 453 hp engine like the standard version, the open top configuration is a real beauty to see and to drive.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce
At number 9 we find the beautiful now defunct Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce, priced at $455,400. Equipped with a V12 6.5-liter power unit that is capable of outputting 670 hp, it is the most powerful Lamborghini produced; at least until the 700-4 Aventador is launched. The SV is capable of reaching 60 mph in less than 3.2 seconds. Fitted with the 6-speed manual gearbox, the SV is a beast.
Ferrari SA Aperta
Holding the number 8 spot is the soon-to-be-released Ferrari SA Aperta, with an estimated price of $520,000. Based on the 599 GTO, the car will feature a removable soft-top and will be fitted with a powerful V12 670 hp engine which allows the car to reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The car will go into a limited production of only 80 units.
The number 7 spot goes to LeBlanc Mirabeau, with a hefty price of $728,000. A Swiss race car that can be driven on the streets, what else could you want more? The heart of the car is a supercharged V8 engine that outputs 700 hp and 850 Nm of torque.
SSC Ultimate Aero
At number 6 we find the so-called Bugatti Veyron-killer, the SSC Ultimate Aero – priced at $750,000. With the help of the impressive V8 1,287 hp engine, the Aero has a top speed of 273 mph (439 km/h). Many of the body parts are made out of carbon and also the interior has received carbon insertions.
Ferrari Millechili Concept
At number 5, Forbes placed the Ferrari F70, with an estimated price of $870,000. We don’t know if it will be indeed called F70, but it will certainly be the successor of the Enzo and worthy of the name.
Pagani Zonda C9
The Pagani Zonda C9 holds the number 4 spot with an estimated price tag of $1.3 million. The car will most likely feature a 700 hp power unit developed by AMG. The car will go into a limited production of only 40 units, all of them featuring a high-tech carbon-titanium chassis as well as 4,000 new parts in comparison with the outgoing Zonda model. In addition, the car will be fitted with specially developed tires made by Pirelli.
The top 3 starts with the Maybach Landaulet, priced at $1.405 million. The car was first seen at the Detroit Motor Show in 2008 and is based on the 62S, but with an incredible soft top, a premiere for a car in this class. The car will be equipped with a V12 twin turbo engine and will offer all the comfort you could ask for in a car, even more than that.
At number 2 we find the sexy Koenigsegg Agera, with a price tag of $1.5 million (estimated). Fitted with a 910 hp engine and a body made out of aluminum and carbon fiber parts, the Agera will do the 0-60 mph sprint in about 3 seconds. The people that made it say that it offers the most generous luggage space in its class, although not relevant for a car like this one.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
The number 1 position was of course grabbed by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport priced at $2.6 million. The car is capable of doing a top speed of 268 mph (431 km/h), according to Guiness World of Records, but the cars that are shipped to customers are limited to 258 mph (415 km/h). With a 1,200 hp engine, it is the ultimate driving machine.
My personal favorite from this list is the Koenigsegg Agera thanks to its sexy looks which makes it even more beautiful than the LP670-4 SuperVeloce from Lamborghini, at least in my humble opinion. The Phantom Coupe is my least favorite, although it is the most affordable car from this top.
Jens Schulenburg, who is Bugatti’s vehicle engineer chef, recently stated that it is not possible to customize the standard Veyron to be just as fast as the limited edition Super Sport model.”To get more horsepower, you need more cooling. To get more cooling, you need more airflow through more and bigger radiators. To accomplish this, you need to redesign the front end. When you do that, you change the aerodynamic balance of the car at speed. To rebalance the car, you need to change the roof and rear fascia.”
What did we learn from this? That the Super Sport edition that has a staggering price of $2.58 million is not just a Veyron with a performance chip installed. The SS is a heavily modified version of the standard 1011 hp, quad-turbo, AWD, sixteen-cylinder hypercar. Although the original Veyron was a success as Bugatti sold 260 cars since it was first introduced back in 2005, why would they make such a big fuss for the Super Sport taking into consideration that only 40 cars will be produced? The standard edition manufacturing will stop once they hit 300 units.
Julius Kruta, Bugatti’s Head of Tradition said that the current standard model owners want a more dynamic and exciting driving experience and once the Super Sport was announced, the preorders were made by the current Veyron owners. The Super Sport now features NACA ducts instead of the roof-mounted engine air scoops that are available on the standard model; it has a more open front fascia which is more vertical because the car now requires extra ducting and cooling. In addition, the back of the Veyron Super Sport is now reshaped for aero and a new rim design was implemented that will provide a more efficient brake cooling and better exhausting. Even more than that, the weight of a wheel has shrunk with six pounds, making the car even lighter than before. All these modifications offer the car a more aggressive and integrated exterior appearance.
Moving inside, nothing really has changed in comparison to the standard model and put side by side with the Grand Sport, the car looks less elegant but that is not necessarily a bad thing as the business-look fits very well into the picture. The aluminum instrument panel structure is made out of a single piece of metal and what Bugatti did is they acquired enough aluminum from the same batch so that they could have the possibility to manufacture all the interior pieces needed for the entire 40 car batch of Super Sports. Why? Because the different batches of metals absorb color with various results which meant that not all cars would have been the same.
2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
In order to add the extra 20 % power to the Super Sport, the engineers at Bugatti had to install 10% larger turbochargers to the W16 8.0-liter monster. In addition, the car got new intercoolers that permit a more flowing boost – 1.5 in comparison to 1.2. At 6,400 rpm the driver is able to control all of the horsepower – 1,200 hp and the max torque is obtained between 3,000-5,000 rpm (1,106 pound-feet), which is 1,000 higher in comparison with the standard Veyron.
The engineers at Bugatti made several changes to the seven-speed DSG hydraulic gearbox which now features stronger cogs for the 2nd and 3rd gear, a revised programming, a taller 7th gear and the cooling is now more efficient than before. The brakes of the Super Sport are the same with the standard model which means that it has the same carbon ceramic discs, measuring 11.8-inch in the back and 15.70-inch in the front. The brakes feature 6-piston calipers in the back and 8-piston in the front. The units were slimmed down with 110 pounds and now feature a more efficient cooling and ducting. Although several weight reducing methods were implemented to the car, the Super Sport is still a heavy automobile at its 4,100 pounds.
The Super Sport rides on hand-made Michelin 20-inch tires (365mm in the back and 265mm in the front). The price for four of these tires is $42,000 / set. The tires have 5mm of useful tread which gives them about 10,000 miles autonomy in normal driving use. The car is capable of doing 258 mph but the production units will be electronically limited to 248 mph in order to maintain the rims shod in functional rubber.
We are eager to find out what will the other competitors bring to the table to steal the no.1 position of the fastest production car in the world. Now, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is without any doubt the fastest automobile ever produced and it looks like it will remain in the same position for a good amount of time.
Last week, the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) released the results of its annual rating of best and worst cars in terms of fuel economy. On top of the list there’s the 2011 Toyota Prius which delivers 51 mpg in the city and 48 on the highway, while the second place was claimed by three Fords, the 2011 Fusion Hybrid, the 2011 Mercury Milan and the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which all deliver 41 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway.
Of course, the bottom of the list is filled with expensive and powerful vehicles, like the Bentley Continental Flying Spur, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, which all deliver 11 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. And the car with the worst economy is…wait for it…the Bugatti Veyron. What a surprise, huh? According to EPA, the Veyron gets 8 mpg in the city and 15 on the highway, which, of course, will scare all those millionaires away.
Iranian designer Bijan is one of the most famous designers in the United States, his Beverly Hills boutique often being considered “the most expensive store in the world”. He is also known for his passion for yellow cars, among the cars that got the “Bijan yellow” treatment being two Bentley Azures, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a Ferrari 430 and a Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe. And now, the most recent car that was spotted outside the designer’s boutique is this yellow Bugatti Veyron with a large airbrushed figure on the engine hood.
Bijan’s fashion business brings in around $4 billion in revenues annually, the main products being perfumes and men’s clothes. He is also famous for making exclusive clothes, throughout his career, for some of the best known men in the world, including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Vladimir Putin, Tony Blair, Paul Allen, Jay Leno, Usher and Ronald Reagan.
Ok, so what happens when you put an idiot inexperienced driver in a $1.6 million super sports car? Nothing good, of course, just watch what happens to this driver trying to take out a Bugatti Veyron for a test drive. While backing up, he manages to crash into a Toyota waiting at a red light and then scraping the front end of the car while trying to drive back onto the sidewalk. Wondering what this little incident cost the driver? Only $30,000.
The automotive industry was plunged into a state of shock when the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport model was revealed, alongside its newest performance, breaking the world’s fastest production car speed record, achieving 267 mph.
Soon afterwards, Top Gear magazine did hint that it had something to do with the performance and with the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
Now, as a preview for the August issue of the magazine, Top Gear has officially revealed that James May, a presenter of the famous car show, had a very impressive run in the new Bugatti. According to the mag, May, nicknamed Captain Slow, reached 259.11 mph in the Veyron Super Sport.
This isn’t the first time May pushed a Bugatti to its limit, as he reached 253 mph a few years ago, in a standard Veyron model.
If you want to check out the complete story, then you have to wait for the Top Gear August issue to hit the stands wherever you live.
SSC released an official statement, through which it congratulates Bugatti for its impressive effort.
“We would sincerely like to congratulate Bugatti… When the Ultimate Aero broke the record in 2007, we knew it was just a matter of time until it was broken by someone else.”
Still, that doesn’t mean SSC won’t put up a fight, as it continues in the statement to hit at a new supercar, which will be even more powerful than the Ultimate Aero, and take back the world record from the Germans.
“[W]e’ve been working on a new project to debut before the end of the summer. Not much can be said at this time except that we’ll be upping the ante on all fronts. Having famed American designer Jason Castriota as our lead design enables SSC to reflect its engineer and performance in its aesthetics. It’s impossible for us to be more thrilled about having him on board and we’re anxious to show the world what we have up our sleeve.”
So, it seems that design is a done deal, thanks to Castriota, and SSC just needs to upgrade the existing technologies from the Ultimate Aero. Hopefully its engineers will be able to come up with something impressive.