Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Jul 5, 2011

Jump inside the world’s fastest convertible.

The final order for the Bugatti Veyron has been placed by a European customer, marking an end to the exclusive production run of 300 units of the supercar and its even faster cousin, the Super Sport.

Next up is Bugatti’s Grand Sport and its supreme technology. In its closed-top incarnation with a panorama sunroof, it reaches top speeds of 253 mph. With the roof removed, a maximum speed of 223 mph makes the Grand Sport the fastest convertible in the world, according to a press release.

“In the Veyron, the Bugatti team has created a vehicle that has already become an icon of automotive history. Both technologically and in terms of design, the Veyron is still far ahead of its time,” said Wolfgang Durheimer, president of Bugatti Automobiles SAS since Feb. 1. “The Grand Sport is a further pinnacle of achievement in the open-top sports car segment, and we intend to maintain the same standard in our future Bugatti products.”

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport has been designed to be two cars in one: a coupe with a panorama sunroof, as well as the fastest convertible in the world. It stands out with its 1,001 hp and a top speed of 253 mph with closed roof, propelled by a 16-cylinder mid-mounted engine. The supercar will reach 223 mph with roof down, and still thrill drivers with the characteristic sound of its air intakes when the throttle is released.

According to the company, the development of the Bugatti Veyron represented an enormous technical challenge. Volkswagen bought the rights to the Bugatti brand in 1998, and just one year later the company unveiled the final model of four concept vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show, the close-to-production prototype EB 18/4 Veyron.

At the same time, the former chairman of Volkswagen AG, Dr. Ferdinand Piёch, defined the targets for the specialists at the Bugatti Engineering GmbH: the final motor car should be powered by at least 16 cylinders and should deliver more than 1,000 hp; it should be able to reach speeds above 249 mph; and should be easy and pleasant to drive in such a car to the opera.

Barely six years down the line, on April 29, 2005, a Veyron exceeded 249 mph for the very first time, and six months later it was launched to the global audience.

“The Veyron was and remains a synthesis of superlative technical achievements,” the company noted. “It was the first production vehicle to have a full carbon-fiber monocoque, and its torsional rigidity of 60,000 Newton meters per degree remains unparalleled to this day.”

Specs include four continuously variable camshafts and four turbochargers capable of a top speed of 253 mph, a seven-gear twin-clutch gearbox with shift times of less than 150 milliseconds, carbon ceramic brakes behind an innovative brake cooling system and a rear spoiler that is activated to serve as an additional air brake, as well as interior and handling innovations worthy of a true supercar.