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by Tim Beissmann

Bugatti will unleash the most powerful roadster in the world at next month’s Geneva motor show when the French supercar manufacturer launches the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.

The Grand Sport Vitesse (which means ‘speed’ in French) combines the ultimate performance enhancements of the Super Sport coupe with the open-top appeal of the conventional Grand Sport convertible.

Like the Super Sport, the quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine in the Grand Sport Vitesse is boosted from 736kW/1250Nm to an almighty 883kW of power and 1500Nm of torque.

The Grand Sport Vitesse will have a top speed in excess of 400km/h, although Bugatti is yet to confirm if its top speed will match the Super Sport’s 431km/h production car record.

Confirmation of the high-performance Veyron convertible has been anticipated since last month’s announcement from Bugatti transmission supplier Ricardo, which revealed a contract extension to continue supplying seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes to Bugatti for another two years.

Prices are yet to be revealed, but the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse will almost certainly top two million euros ($2.49 million), making it the most expensive production car in the world.




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