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by Tim Beissmann

Bugatti has released the technical data of its all-new Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, confirming the French hypercar is the quickest and most powerful – and least fuel efficient – convertible in the world.

Unveiled at the 2012 Geneva motor show, the 4.5m Veyron Vitesse inherits the enhanced quad-turbocharged W16 engine from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The 8.0-litre powerplant produces 882kW of power (at 6400rpm) and 1500Nm of torque (3000-5000rpm).

Sprinting from 0-100km/h takes just 2.6 seconds, putting the Vitesse behind only the hard-top Veyron in terms of the fastest acceleration times for production cars. Racing from 0-200km/h takes 7.1 seconds, and 0-300km/h comes up in an astonishing 16.0 seconds. The 400mm front and 380mm rear ceramic brakes pull the 1990kg convertible up from 300km/h in 7.9 seconds.

The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse completes the quarter mile in 10 seconds flat and won’t let up until it reaches its top speed of 410km/h – some 21km/h shy of the Super Sport’s production car record, but still more than enough to claim the title of the world’s quickest roadster.

Depending on how hard they plan to push it, Veyron Vitesse owners can select from three suspension heights to optimise the car’s performance. ‘Standard’ is for town traffic and speeds up to 180km/h; ‘Handling’ is for open roads, highways and race tracks; and ‘Top Speed’ is designed specifically for driving at speeds in excess of 375km/h, closing the front diffuser flaps for improved aerodynamics.

Some other figures make for mind-boggling reading. For example, in first gear at 6500rpm, the Vitesse cracks along at 104km/h.

Insane performance like this comes at a cost, however. The new Veyron’s combined cycle fuel consumption is a whopping 23.1 litres per 100km – all of it top-grade 98 RON premium unleaded – and if you never take it out of the city, it will slurp through 37.2L/100km while belching out 867g/km CO2.

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse will be priced in excess of two million euros ($2.5 million), making it the most expensive production car in the world. Click the gallery tab for more images.




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