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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Preview: Geneva Auto Show

author photo by Jeffrey Archer February 2012

Offers an open top like the standard Veyron Grand Sport.

Includes a 1,200 horsepower engine from the Veyron Super Sport.

Pricing is expected to easily top $2.5 million.

This year's Geneva Auto Show will play host to the debut of a limited edition variant of Bugatti's wild Veyron supercar. Officially dubbed the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, the newest model is expected to be the most exclusive - and expensive - Veyron yet.

On the outside, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse shares its basic design with the standard Veyron Grand Sport, which features a removable "targa" roof instead of the regular Veyron's enclosed coupe bodystyle. Although the Grand Sport looks much like a typical Veyron when its roof is in place, the exotic sports car can be driven completely open or with a temporary umbrella-like soft top capable of hurried installation in the event of quickly changing weather conditions.

But the Vitesse - which draws its name from the French word for "speed" - isn't just a Grand Sport with a new name. Instead, the new model features an upgraded version of the standard Veyron's famous quad-turbo 16-cylinder engine, adding 200 horsepower to reach an insane 1,200 horses. Bugatti says the powerplant is borrowed directly from the new Veyron Super Sport, which was recently certified as the world's fastest production car with a top speed of 268 miles per hour. And while the Vitesse's removable roof will limit its performance, we think the new model is a shoo-in as the world's fastest convertible thanks to an expected top speed well in excess of 250 mph.

Although Bugatti hasn't announced pricing for the Vitesse, we believe it's destined to become the most expensive Veyron yet - and that's no easy feat. While the standard Veyron is already laughably expensive at around $1.5 million, pricing for previous special editions includes $1.9 million for the standard Grand Sport, $2 million for the all-aluminum Pur Sang, and a whopping $2.4 million for the ultra-high performance Super Sport. Indeed, we wouldn't be surprised to see the Vitesse come dangerously close to the jaw-dropping $3 million mark.

The original Bugatti Veyron made its debut in 2005 after several years of production delays and intense media speculation. Featuring an 8.0-liter W-16 engine, the 987-horsepower Veyron was quickly touted as the world's fastest production car and attracted a long list of celebrity owners that includes fashion mogul Ralph Lauren, rapper T-Pain and music producer Simon Cowell.

What it means to you: Check out our upcoming Geneva Auto Show coverage for more news about the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse - it may be the closest you ever get to one.

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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Preview: Geneva Auto Show - Autotrader