The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport leaves its competitors in the dust
The world’s fastest roadster is a 1,001 horsepower work of art.by Rue Kothari
The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport leaves all its competitors in the dust. Literally. It is the world’s fastest convertible, a super vehicle that generates an unparalleled 1001 horsepower and a top speed of 253 mph.
According to Bugatti, they wanted to create a roadster that would redefine the boundaries of technology, one that was created out of the ultimate dreams of their designers and to marry the two without compromise. The result is a car that looks like nothing else on the road.
Drive this baby along Jumeirah Beach Road and it’s guaranteed that all eyes will be on you. In harmony with unique, beautiful aesthetics and cutting-edge engineering is an echo of Ettore Bugatti’s Grand Sport models of the late 1920s. Bugatti may now be owned by Volkswagen, but its heart is irrefutably Italian.
The convertible is expected to be in high demand in Dubai, but with only 150 planned for production at a rate of only 40 per year and the first 40 already promised to existing Bugatti customers, disappointment for some is inevitable.
This Grand Sport version of the original Veyron is not a convertible in the truest sense. The car comes fitted with a removable transparent roof panel, essentially a targa top, chosen by Bugatti to maintain safety at top speed. With no space in the car for the roof panel, you’ll need to leave it at home. This poses little problem for residents of the UAE who enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine each year. For those planning to drive in more inclement weather, Bugatti have included a temporary fabric panel, only guaranteed to stay put at speeds under 85 miles per hour. The lesson here is to check the weather before you leave the house.
Aside from this minor inconvenience, the car is a symphony of extreme precision and meticulous detail. Everything from the engine, through to the drive and breaking system is close to perfect. Partly this is down to Bugatti’s choice of materials, crafting each component of the car to achieve the lowest weight and highest functionality. Assembling each of these parts by hand, Bugatti achieves a car that is quite possibly the automotive icon of the decade.
Despite all the technological assistance, there is no disguising the raw power contained in this little roadster. Driven by an 8-litre W16 engine - basically 2 V8 engines joined together with no less than four turbochargers - the car reaches 60 mph in only 2.5 seconds. When you reach 137mph, a special hydraulics system lowers the car, while a real wing deploys for road-holding aerodynamics. Naturally, you would expect the suspension to be designed to keep the ride smooth at these incredible speeds, and it does, thanks to the run-flat tires and brakes with maximum road grip.
The only other car in the Grand Sport’s class is the McLaren Mercedes, which gives you some idea of the exclusivity of this super-sports car. In Dubai, if you really want to stand out against the crowd of Audi R8’s and Lamborghini Murcielago’s, you are going to need something pretty special, and the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is it.
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