There’s a window, and common sense just took a nosedive out of it with the announcement of the 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse. And for the record, we’re thankful.
For all of the supposed exotic sports cars, supercars, and the like out there, none can really lay claim on Bugatti’s territory as the fastest production car ever built. Others, like a little Yorkie barking up a storm at a disinterested German Shepard, make a lot of noise, but bragging rights in this realm come down to the numbers. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s top speed of 268 mph is the final word.
But that’s with a hard top, the Vitesse is a convertible, just like the original Grand Sport. The original tops out at 217 mph, making it the fastest open-air vehicle in the world. As for the Vitesse that’ll debut in Geneva in a couple weeks? There’s no official word from Bugatti.
What we do know, is the Vitesse is a tuned version of the already absurdly powerful 1000-hp Grand Sport. Bugatti uses intercoolers and four turbochargers, which it enlarged for the Vitesse, which not coincidentally means “speed” in French. The new Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse’s 16-cylinder engine is capable of producing a mind-boggling 1200-hp. To get an idea, that’s more than double the horsepower of a Ferrari 458 Italia, and nearly double a Lamborghini Aventador. Power like this is seen once in a lifetime. Bugatti hasn’t announced pricing, but as the Grand Sport will run you about $2 million, we’d expect the Vitesse to run considerably north of that, but below the Super Sport’s price tag of 3.3 million. Then again, when you’re shelling out this kind of cash for a car (or spaceship), what’s a couple hundred grand here or there?