Road & Track has always been known for setting the highest benchmarks for the fastest and most powerful cars on the market. Now they have set in motion the 2 Second Club and membership only requires a car shoot from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds. Only the Nissan GT-R Premium, the Porsche 911 Turbo S and the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport have been awarded bragging rights into this exclusive club.
Now another Bugatti has joined the ranks of the fastest cars in the world. Unveiled at this year’s International Geneva Motor Show, the 2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is being called the fastest and most powerful roadster of all time. It clocks in at 0-60 in 2.4 seconds and according to Road & Track, drives “20 mph faster than a pole-winning qualifying lap for the Indy 500.”
“Once again our engineers worked hard to demonstrate that Bugatti is able to constantly redefine the boundaries of what is technically feasible,” said 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.”
Just calling the Grand Sport Vitesse fast, hardly does it justice. Holding the current world speed record of 431 km/h, the Bugatti engineers have created an even more potent vehicle. With a 1200 HP, the Grand Sport Vitesse’s maximum torque is now an impressive 1,500 Nm. The increased power of the new roadster’s 16-cylinder engine is made possible by the four enlarged turbochargers and intercoolers. The chassis has also been modified to support the power increase.
With its extraordinary acceleration, there are not many roads in the world to rev up the Grand Sport Vitesse to full throttle. But if you find one, the price tag for this thrill ride is approximately $2.25 million. ■