Archive for March 13th, 2012

Bugatti launches world’s fastest convertible

Powered by 1200 bhp and W16 engine, Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse doess a reported 0-100 kmph 2.6 seconds.

Got $2,247,398? You can drive home Bugatti’s all-new Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.
That’s equal to 1,118,108 tall cups of Starbucks coffee or 998, 633 single rides on the subway. You won’t be coming up with the money to buy this car from change in your couch, in other words. And what do you get for your $2,247,398?
Try 1200 horsepower and a W16 engine achieving a reported 0-62 MPH in 2.6 seconds. The Grand Sport Vitesse, which made its debut at the Geneva Auto show March 6, is for people in a hurry – a big hurry. It follows the success of the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, whose horsepower was a mere 1,001.
The Grand Sport Vitesse is also no slouch in the looks department, with its outer skin made completely from carbon fiber, allowing it to be available in ultra-badass clear-coated exposed carbon fiber, rather than plain old paint.
The question must be asked – if you spent two million-plus on a car that does 0-62 in 2.6 seconds, would you dare to drive it on the highway? How would you keep it from caroming instantly off the road rounding the first curve?
Bugatti’s on it. In order to put the insane power of the Grand Sport Vitesse onto the road safely and masterfully, the engineers installed quick-responding dampers adapted from motor racing and the control of the vehicle has been perfectly balanced. Body roll and pitching during hard acceleration and braking are now virtually imperceptible, the company says, and optimised wheel-load fluctuations have further reduced understeer. An intelligent all-wheel-drive system further ensures extremely good handling. A new Park Distance Control system (PDC) watches over the front and the rear, so you can’t bumble into someone else’s front bumper while parking or smack the guy in that cheapo Ferrari or Lamborghini in front of you in slow traffic.

They’ve also added a roof spoiler that significantly reduces wind noise and buffeting in the cockpit as well as a windbreak that stores in the luggage compartment when not in use. Together, the company says, these features allow “extremely relaxed, open-top driving even at speeds of around 124 MPH.”
Extremely relaxed at 124 MPH? Easy for them to say. 🙄


Life is full of give and take. Give thanks and take nothing for granted.

Life is full of give and take. Give thanks and take nothing for granted.