Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Grabs World Speed Record


  • Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car Edition Picture

    Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car Edition Picture

    Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car Edition. | April 12, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has become the fastest convertible in the world, according to Bugatti.
  • To celebrate, a $2.6-million Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car Edition will be unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.
  • Production of the special model is limited to eight vehicles.

WOLFSBURG, Germany — The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has become the fastest convertible in the world, according to Bugatti.

To celebrate, a $2.6-million Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car Edition will be unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. Production of the special model is limited to eight vehicles. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has been on the market since 2012. The Veyron's 8.0-liter W16 engine churns out 1,188 horsepower.

During the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse's record run, Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu hit a top speed of 254.04 mph at Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien proving grounds, Bugatti said.

Liu said he was able to exceed 248 mph in training sessions.

"This was a very exciting moment," Liu said in a statement. "In our training sessions we exceeded 400 km/h but the fact that I could surpass this unbelievable speed once again and even higher has made me very proud."

The record-breaking Vitesse features a dual-color scheme in black and orange. The new record takes some of the sting out of an earlier embarrassment for Bugatti. Guinness World Records has officially stripped the "fastest production car" crown from the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.

Edmunds says: The Vitesse World Record Car Edition promises to be a scene-stealer at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.

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