Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse
The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is on|
display at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.
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12th March, 2012
The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse boasts a remarkable
maximum torque of 1,500 Nm (at 3,000-5,000 rpm) from the 7.9-litre capacity of its W16 engine. The maximum output (1,200
hp) is reached at 6,400 rpm. These figures allow the car to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from standing in unbelievable 2.6
seconds. The top speed of 410 km/h (255 mph) makes the four-wheel drive (like all Veyrons) Grand Sport Vitesse the
fastest production roadster ever. The maximum speed is reached on closed tracks with special safety precautions. In
“normal” handling mode, the Grand Sport Vitesse is electronically limited to 375 km/h (233 mph).
Optimised drive system
The 199 hp increase over the Grand Sport has been mainly achieved by using four larger turbochargers with new
intercoolers. Furthermore, Bugatti has extensively reinforced all drivetrain components in order to safely transfer the
immense forces at all times. The gearing of the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) in particular has been adapted to
the new requirements. In this context, as on the Super Sport, Bugatti has also modified the air ducting in the area of
the drivetrain. As a consequence of the larger turbochargers and the overall reduced back pressure, it was even possible
to reduce the fuel consumption slightly despite the increased output. The fuel system, with a four-pump tank, has been
taken from the Super Sport.
In order to put the unrivalled power onto the road absolutely safely and masterfully, the engineers have reconfigured
the chassis of the Vitesse. Thanks to the quick-responding dampers that have been adapted from motor racing, the control
of the vehicle has been further improved and perfectly balanced. Body roll and pitching during hard acceleration and
braking are now virtually imperceptible. Optimised wheel-load fluctuations have further reduced understeer and allow a
maximum level of active safety. In addition to the incomparable lateral acceleration of up to 1.4 g, the precise
interaction of the tyres (on all-new, lighter 20-inch “Vitesse”-type alloy wheels), together with the intelligent
all-wheel drive system, ensures extremely good handling. The chassis, all-wheel-drive system and the revised ESP form a
dynamic alliance: since the reconfigured ESP kicks in slightly later, for example when you accelerate out of corners, the
Grand Sport Vitesse also provides a more dynamic performance in these situations. It goes without saying that Bugatti has
adapted the brake-cooling system to account for the even higher engine output. The brakes, which are unparalleled in
terms of stability and performance, now have additional and larger air intakes.
In general, it can be said that the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse is even sportier than the 1,001 hp Grand Sport, but at
the same time it has not been turned into a full-blown racing car. It, therefore, remains easy to master for the driver.
In this context, it is astounding that Bugatti managed to increase comfort in the chassis area by reducing the dynamic
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Bugatti has developed a new roof spoiler for the Grand Sport Vitesse that significantly reduces wind noise and
buffeting in the interior. Furthermore, there will be a new windbreak for the roadster that can be stored away compactly
in the luggage compartment when not in use. Both details will also be available for the Grand Sport. Together, they allow
relaxed, open-top driving even at speeds over 100 km/h.
Numerous aerodynamic measures at the front and rear that appeared on the Super Sport have been adapted for the Grand
Sport Vitesse. The front end is therefore characterised by larger air intakes; the two central air intakes to the left
and right of the Bugatti radiator grille are divided horizontally by a bar. The bottom air vent stretches sideways into
the wheel housing and gives this exceptional sports car an extremely masterful appearance. Immediately below this air
intake, you will see a new, visually refined front spoiler that has been designed in a similar way to the splitters used
in motor racing. The improved xenon headlights from the Super Sport, which are now framed in black, are also new. The
rear end, which is also derived from the Super Sport, is characterised by a double diffusor and a centrally positioned
twin tailpipe. A new Park Distance Control system (PDC) watches over the front and the rear.
The two air scoops on the left and right of the engine cover (redesigned for the Vitesse) are a characteristic of the
Grand Sport and thus also of the Grand Sport Vitesse. These air scoops fulfil two tasks on the roadster. On the one hand,
they pull in air for the engine, and on the other, they are an elegantly integrated part of the anti-roll protection
system. As on the Super Sport, a full-carbon-fibre monocoque, which allows an extremely high torsional rigidity combined
with maximum passive safety, is also used on the Grand Sport Vitesse. The outer skin is also made completely from carbon
fibre and, consequently, the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is available in clear-coated visible carbon.
Carbon fibre is (along with stainless metals such as Aluminium and Magnesium) also the dominant material in the
interior of the Grand Sport Vitesse. Numerous interior parts are now made from carbon fibre in the 1,200 hp roadster.
This includes the centre console extension, a cover with EB logo in the rear-bulkhead leather trim (between the seat
backrests) and the belt outlet covers on the seats. The decor on the centre console, the door inserts and the adjoining
trim on the instrument panel are also made from carbon fibre. The bicolour black trim parts are also new in the Grand
Sport version, and so is a special seat design for the Grand Sport Vitesse. The two-tone leather seat covers are enhanced
by contrasting stitching between the seat base and the side sections. Contrasting stitching is also featured on the
leather armrest between the seats, which comes without the typical quilting. Also new: knee pads in the centre tunnel
area, an additional 12 V socket (in the glove compartment), the restraint systems, the illuminated start and parking lock
button (same as Super Sport), an instrument cluster with shift-up information and the power gauge that now goes up to
Configuration of the show vehicles
There is no end to the individualisation options for the Bugatti.
This also applies to the two Grand Sport Vitesse models that Bugatti is exhibiting at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The
blue version of the new roadster is finished in visible carbon fibre. The upper area of the body is finished in “Blue
Carbon” while the roof area and air scoops are “Lake Blue”. The lower body panels (side skirting, front spoiler, radiator
grille frame and rear apron with diffusor), the inner surfaces of the wheel rims and the underside of the automatically
extending rear spoiler are in “Light Blue Sport”, which has a hint of turquoise. The exterior colours are picked up again
in the interior. While the large surfaces feature dark blue tones, “New Light Blue” is used for the contrasting stitching
and the Vitesse labelling on the seats.
The second Grand Sport Vitesse on display in Geneva this week is painted in dark “Jet Grey”. Instead of two colours,
this model uses an interaction between shiny areas (lids, roof and air scoop) and matte surfaces and elements (side
parts, exterior mirrors and door handles). The radiator grill and wheel rims have been painted black. The orange
underside of the rear guard matches the “Tangerine” colouring that Bugatti has used, for example, for the seats, the
carpets, the underside of dashboard, the door edging, the contrasting stitching and the Vitesse labelling in the
interior. All other surfaces, including the carbon parts, are black. In both cases, the aggressive, dynamic look of the
vehicles fits in with the positioning of the new Grand Sport Vitesse.
The classic Grand Sport will remain in the range. Bugatti is currently working on ways to further individualise the
Grand Sport. In Geneva, the Volkswagen-owned car manufacturer is presenting a version of the Grand Sport roadster in
visible carbon fibre in a brownish finish for the first time. One challenge for the production is to give the visible
carbon a transparent gleam while allowing the colour to radiate vibrantly in a certain light. On the Grand Sport
presented in Geneva, the carbon parts made in the new colour “Brown” (lids, rear end, front spoiler and side skirting)
shimmer in an almost bronze shade depending on how the light falls. To provide a contrast, the side parts on this Grand
Sport, right up to the rear air intakes, are made from polished aluminium. The interior of the sports car, with “Gaucho”
coloured leather and dark stitching (colour “Coffee”), complements the exterior.
City cycle fuel consumption for the new Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse is estimated at 37.2 l/100 km! Emissions on the
city cycle are a massive 867 g/km!
On the combined cycle the fuel consumption figure seem more acceptable at 23.1 l/100 km. Although the CO2 emission
level is still quite high at 539 g/km.
The fuel tank capacity is 100 litres.
Length 4,462 mm, width 1,998 mm, height 1,190 mm, wheelbase 2,710 mm, curb weight 1,990 kg, maximum permitted laden
weight 2,240 kg.