Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse: World's fastest convertible (pictures)
Last month, Anthony Liu put the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse into the record books as the fastest open-top production car, piloting it up to 254 mph. CNET takes a look at the car on the slower roads of Napa, Calif.
Bugatti launched the first Veyron in 2005, then a supercar with 1,001 horsepower. Since then, the company has followed with the open-top Grand Sport, then increased the horsepower with bigger turbochargers for the Super Sport. The most recent variation is this Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, an open top using the more powerful engine of the Super Sport.
The Veyron is built around a center carbon fiber tub, with aluminum suspension components to the front and back. Dressed in carbon fiber body panels, it uses a mid-engine, two-passenger layout. For the open-top Grand Sport, Bugatti had to reinforce the sides.
This shift lever merely selects the drive modes for the seven-speed dual clutch transmission, or Dual Shift Gearbox in Bugatti terminology. The transmission hosts two computer-controlled clutches that can automatically grab gears or respond to driver inputs for up and down shifts.
At more than $2 million, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is only obtainable by a few, but it is also extraordinarily engineered, and delivers amazing acceleration while being surprisingly drivable.