If there was any doubt that an ultimate sports car bearing the name “Vitesse” (French for speed), costing an estimated $2.25 million and designated as the successor to Bugatti’s legendary Super Sport could wind up being an orgasm on wheels, then you clearly haven’t heard of the much-awaited 2013 Veyron 16.4.
After years of development, this revolutionary roadster was unveiled in Beijing in April. The auto world and fans alike can assure themselves that this is one hot rod they’ll be able to see in a classics museum somewhere down the road.
Using a custom-designed, absolutely excessive 7.9-liter 16-cylinder engine in W configuration, the Vitesse’s maximum torque of 1106 lb.-ft. delivers an astounding 1200 horses that will give the lucky bastard on board an ego so big he’ll have to drive with the top down.
The Vitesse owes its increased capabilities (from the Super Sport) to the addition of four larger turbochargers with intercoolers, as well as a reinforced and reconfigured drivetrain and chassis to help evenly balance the immense power of the car and the stress placed upon the components at top speed. Alongside numerous adaptations for larger air intakes and vents, the new exterior roof spoiler helps with noise and buffer reduction while on the road.
When a vehicle has the ability to hit 62 from standing in just 2.6 seconds, it becomes almost humorous to imagine the scenarios that require power of that magnitude. While our preferred fantasy for the beast entails hightailing it to the Playboy Mansion for a last-minute party in the grotto, we’d also entertain such far-fetched notions as racing one of the Air Force’s F-35 Joint Strike Lightning II jets to the end of the runway, breaking the land speed record for crossing the continental 48 or scaring the fucking shit out of every last person on Bolivia’s infamous road of death.
ENGINE: 7.9-liter W16
POWER: 1200 HP at 6,400 rpm
TOP SPEED: 255 mph
TORQUE: 1106 lb.-ft.
QUANTITY: Production limited to 350 units