We all knew that the one thing missing from the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, which is the targa-top version of the series, was a little extra oomph as the standard model’s 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged 16 cylinder engine with 1,001HP and 1,250 Nm (922 lb-ft) didn’t quite make the cut for everyone…
The long-rumored open-top version of the now discontinued Veyron 16.4 Super Sports is named the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse and it will make its world premiere at the 82nd International Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March.
The Vitesse features the same tweaked W16 engine with the four enlarged turbochargers and intercoolers found in the Super Sports model, and which delivers 1,200HP and 1,500Nm (1,106 lb-ft) of peak torque.
To support the increase in power, Bugatti’s engineers have also made changes to the Grand Sport’s chassis.
“The rapid success of the Super Sport convinced us to increase the performance of the Bugatti roadster. Once again our engineers worked hard to demonstrate that Bugatti is able to constantly redefine the boundaries of what is technically feasible,” commented Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer.
“We gave our all to transfer the achievements of the Super Sport over to the Grand Sport, thereby turning open-top driving itself into an extraordinary experience at high speed,” he added.
The Molsheim, France based automaker has not yet specified acceleration times or top speed for the Vitesse.