Bugatti took advantage of the fanfare around last weekend's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to launch a new special-edition model of its Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. The 1200-hp roadster wears a new color combination that was designed to pay tribute to a historic Bugatti race car owned by Jay Leno.
The Bianco and New Light Blue special edition Veyron is styled after the 1928 Bugatti Type 37A (pictured below). That car won several Grand Prix races in its era, and is currently owned by TV star and automotive collector Jay Leno. For the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, the upper half of the body is painted Bianco (read: white); while the rear wing, inner wheel surfaces, and lower body panels are all adorned in New Light Blue. On the inside, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse's carbon-fiber trim is joined with Cognac leather upholstery.
The Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest open-top version of the Bugatti Veyron. Like the hardtop Veyron Super Sport, the Vitesse produces 1200 hp instead of the 1001 hp offered in regular Veyron coupes and Veyron Grand Sport roadsters. To increase power, Vitesse and Super Sport models receive four larger turbochargers for the 8.0-liter W-16 engine, as well as new gearing for the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, bigger intercoolers, and a variety of aerodynamic improvements. Bugatti says the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse can hit 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds, and will top 255 mph.
In addition to serving as tribute to the 1928 Type 37A race car, Bugatti hopes this special edition car will highlight the range of customization available to Veyron buyers. The company claims that every single Veyron is unique; there was even a daring black and gold Grand Sport shown off in Qatar earlier this year.
The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse starts at $2.5 million, before any customization options.