Pure Vitesse

Vitesse, French for Speed. A fitting title to this mildly ridiculous new addition to the Bugatti Veyron family tree.

Not content with the title of world’s fastest coupe, it has gone for the drop-top record as well with the Grand Sport VItesse.

The Grand Sport designation is reserved for its targa/open topped models, while behind the cockpit lies the heart from the worlds fastest rad car, the Super Sport; its quad-turbo W16 engine developing 1,200 horsepower and 1500Nm at 3000-5000rpm

It reaches a top speed of 255mph, which is 12mph less than the more streamlined Coupe, but 26mph faster than the base convertible. How it does it without simply taking off into the air we aren’t sure, but one thing’s for certain - you wouldn’t want to pop your head out of the roof at that speed and expect to keep your hair - or face - intact.

Two More Veyron Special Editions Presented in Shanghai

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After tinkering around with Bugatti’s extensive online configurator for their Veyron, we find it hard to believe that anyone special ordering their Veyron could ever end up with a car that was identical to someone else’s. But as if a ridiculously high number of combinations weren’t enough, Bugatti has released two more special edition Veyrons in Shanghai just to make the Veyron ordering game a little more fun.

The special edition Grand Sport convertible features a matte white with blue carbon fiber combination. On the inside, matching blue interior with white stitching can be seen. While that may be cool enough for some, what’s really awesome is the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport for China. The 1,100-hp Super Sport features a carbon black exterior while the interior is a mix of Snow Beige and Beluga Black. Carbon fiber continues in the interior as accents as well.

No pricing was announced, but Bugatti is well aware of how ripe China’s market is for exotic supercars. One of their 16.4 Super Sport’s has already been sold to a customer in China.

Veyron hits Mach II

The Bugatti Veyron was built almost exclusively to makea statement - that Volkswagen Group could make a production car that develops over 1000hp. And five years ago, the 1001hp Veyron was born.

While the exercise actually cost VW money - the R&D and build of each of the 480 coupes and Grandsport models sold topped their already substantial pricetag - the German supermanufacturer will be updating the Veyron with a new, more powerful and advanced model for future release.

“After 300 Bugattis, I believe we would be poorly advised if we were to allow that brand to become dormant again.” said VW chairman Martin Winterkorn recently. And former Bentley and Bugatti boss Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen rightly said;”It costs far more money to compete in a season of F1 than to run Bugatti.”

AutoExpress reports thata source has hinted at a design evolution similar to the original prop sketched by now-design chief Walter de’Silva back in 1999 (pictured).

VW will stick with the current quad-turbo 8.0-liter W16 mill and seven-speed DSG gearbox, but with the lim-ed Super Sport’s 1,200bhp and 1,500Nm of torque and aero/weight-saving mods for - wait for it - a sub-2.5 second 0-60 sprint and top speed of 270mph.

The car should be ready in 2013 and cost around three million bucks.

Ultimate Car vs. Ultimate Bike: Veyron against BMW S 1000 RR

Following up on Motor Trend’s recent Ferrari vs. Ducati article, Inside Line just pitted the world’s fastest car against the world’s fastest bike…at least at the time of writing. So perhaps Bugatti’s own Veyron SS and a Japanese bike or two have grabbed these titles away from the contenders, but it’s still an awfully impressive pair. While on paper the big numbers aren’t really close, the article takes you on a journey that closes the real-world gap between them for you:

First a few numbers.

2010 Bugatti Veyron 16.4: 1,001 horsepower, 253 mph.

2010 BMW S 1000 RR: 190 hp, 191 mph.

Oh, and then there are the price tags: $1.3 million for the Bugatti, a mere $14,295 for the BMW.

But at this moment, we’re not worried about the numbers. All we can think about is the French supercar sitting behind us, buzzing like an impertinent bluebottle fly in the mirrors of the 2010 BMW S 1000 RR. And now it behooves us to unleash the BMW’s inner demon and show this, this insect of a 2010 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 the true, grand order of nature.

That bikes are faster than cars.

Check out the full article and more desktop wallpaper over here.

Monterey 2010: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport makes North American debut

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

Bugatti made big news last month when it unveiled the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. The 1200-horsepower supercar smashed the production car speed record by reaching nearly 268 mph at the Volkswagen proving grounds. It’s not just a top speed monster either, as it also turned the fastest ever lap around the Top Gear test track at the hands of the Stig.

We’ve previously only seen pictures of the Super Sport model that actually set the record – the polarizing orange and black one – but now we know that the Bugatti factory has produced at least two examples. The Super Sport made its North American debut at the Quail Motorsports Gathering last week done up in a gorgeous blue carbon fiber. We have to say we much prefer it over its counterpart.

The record-setting Super Sport was also in town and turned up at Laguna Seca to pace a special class of thirty-something vintage Bugatti GP cars during the 2010 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Although we begged them to go for the production car lap record set by the Dodge Viper a while back, they limited the big Bug to a simple parade lap. Still, the presence of this thing is undeniable.

1200-hp Bugatti Veyron SuperSport rumored for Paris debut

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

They went and turned it up to twelve. Rumors of an even more powerful version of the Bugatti Veyron have been around almost as long as the Veyron itself. But as Veyron production winds down, those rumors have reached a new peak. The latest gossip has Bugatti introducing a new Veyron SuperSport with twelve-hundred horsepower, and more importantly, 300 fewer kilos to lug around, at this year’s Paris Motor Show this Fall.

A Veyron with 1,200 horsepower, that is some 660 pounds lighter than the current model, should be capable of hitting 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in a mere 2.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 425 km/h. That’s 264 mph in case you’re wondering, a good 10 mph higher than the record-setting v-max of the regular Veyron.

We’re not exactly sure what the official name will be, but the SuperSport name is a good guess for this model, as it has been used on the most powerful version of the ’90s-era EB110 and the ’30s-era Type 55. As if the €1.5 million ($1.8M) price tag won’t be enough to keep it exclusive, word has it that Bugatti plans to build just 30 examples. So start saving your pennies now.

Is Bugatti working on Bentley-based, battery-powered, 800-hp supercar?

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

It looks like Volkswagen is going electron ecstatic on us. Following up on last year’s E-Tron concepts by Audi, it appears that the electric movement is moving its way to the very top of the VW Group totem pole. Rumors are swirling that a battery-powered supercar based on the Bentley Continental platform will soon emerge, wearing a Bugatti horseshoe grille. The buzzing Bug is apparently powered by a pair of motors with a combined output of 800 horsepower and a whopping 1,600 pound-feet of torque. We went through this before with the E-Tron’s rating, but VW still hasn’t made it clear if that is the torque at the wheels (after going through the reduction gears) as it was with the E-Tron, or the direct output.

We don’t know if this concept will ever see production, but it would certainly make a show-stopper of a technology demonstrator. The big question with such a powerful electric car is, of course, range. The more power you use, the faster the battery is depleted. In this case, a conventional battery pack could be drained in just a few minutes under full throttle. To be honest, a concept like this, although fun, doesn’t make a lot of sense. All of the Bugattis ever produced probably use less fuel and spew fewer emissions than the fleet of Priuses currently serving rental car duty. There are just too few of these exotics to make any sort of impact on the environment.

Elise-derived Hennessey Venom GT to debut at Goodwood FoS

Hennessey Venom GT

We’ve just heard that Hennessey Performance isn’t going to quite make it to the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland next month, so the official debut of their Venom GT supercar will come at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. The Lotus Elise-based supercar will make its first U.S. appearance in Monterey this August and we can hardly wait.

Weighing just 2,400 pounds, the coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 that should be making somewhere north of 1,000 horsepower, giving it a superbike-like 2.4 lbs/hp ratio. That should be good enough to make this stretched Lotus one of the most impressive performers on the planet.

Expectations are a 0-60 mph run of just 2.2 seconds, with 100 mph coming up in an NHRA-worthy 4.9 seconds and the double-century mark passing in an other-worldly 14.5 seconds. If you recognize those numbers as being faster than even the mighty Bugatti Veyron, know too that the fun won’t stop until a claimed top speed of 262 mph, well beyond the Mulsanne Mauler’s 253.

Those numbers also put the Venom well beyond your run-of-the-mill tuner cars and place it in a league with limited run exotic, race and kit cars like the 9ff GT9, Koeniggsegg CCXR, Saleen S7 Competition and Mosler MT900S. Looking essentially like an extended Elise, Goodwood won’t know what hit it.