As much as we love reading a spec sheet spouting figures such as 1,200-hp, nought to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.6 seconds, and a top speed of 255 mph (410 km/h), what we really want to see is the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse in action. Bugatti has granted that wish with the release of a new promo video.
Bugatti introduced the world's fastest, most powerful production roadster at the Geneva Motor Show last month. Ordinarily we'd qualify claims like "world's fastest" with a pair of quotations, an official world record reference, or an "according to Bugatti," but given that the Grand Sport Vitesse is the open-topped brother of the world-record-holding Veyron Super Sport, and given that it's faster than all but a select few hard-tops, we can use those adjectives with confidence.
The Vitesse is essentially the Super Sport version of the Veyron Grand Sport. It uses the same enlarged quad turbochargers and intercoolers as the world's fastest car, pushing output to 1,200-hp and 1,106 lb-ft (1,500 Nm) of torque. Bugatti added some structural enhancements to handle the extra power but still keeps the car light enough to promise 2.6 seconds to 62 mph (100 km/h), 7.1 seconds to 124 mph (200 km/h) and 255 mph (410 km/h) at the top.
The new promo video is two minutes of pure Bugatti bliss. A close-up of the car's exterior and interior is followed by the requisite drive down an ethereal-scenic, winding mountain road that we assume is somewhere in the Alps. Unless you absolutely despise Bugattis (and some certainly do), it's hard not to have a good time watching this video.
For the full scoop on the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse (along with a little background about recent world speed record history) be sure to scope our original article about its debut. But if you know all you need to, get up close to the action by hitting play.