The phrase gris rafale translates from French as “gray burst.” If there was any car on the market worthy of being described using the word “burst,” it’s the 1200-hp Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse, which took to the floor at the Sao Paolo Motor Show this week wearing a shade of, you guessed it, gris rafale.
Bugatti’s Grand Sport Vitesse, as we’ve long reported, is best described as either a faster version of the Veyron Grand Sport, or an open-top version of the Veyron Super Sport. Equipped with the body of the Grand Sport and the 1200-hp, quad-turbo W-16 engine from the Super Sport, the car is among the fastest convertibles in the world, if not the outright winner.
The Grand Sport Vitesse has been on sale for some time, but the car makes its debut in Sao Paolo wearing custom interior and exterior treatments. The exterior’s main shade is the aforementioned gris rafale, but certain exterior parts like the wheel spokes, air intake funnels, undertray/aero kit, and pillars are finished in blue (the pillars are actually blue-tinted carbon fiber).
Inside, the color scheme is the inverse: the leather trim, along with the dashboard suede, is colored lake blue. The interior is accented with gray contrast stitching on the seats and steering wheel, which matches the silver metal accents on the shifter knob, door pulls, and steering wheel.
The Grand Sport Vitesse Rafale doesn’t gain any crazy performance upgrades; then again, a 1200-horsepower convertible is likely the last place you’d want more power. Besides, the Rafale’s non-performance-oriented upgrades don’t come cheap: Bugatti estimates that if you want your own Rafale, you’ll have to fork out an extra $272,000 on top of the Grand Sport Vitesse’s already-hefty $2.2-million pricetag.