Bugatti Veyron Vitesse: world's fastest roadster

The world's fastest convertible is the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. What's its record top speed?

The Bugatti Veyron Vitesse is officially the fastest roadster in the world. The 1184bhp, open-top Grand Sport hit 408.84kph – or 254.04mph – at VW’s 12-mile bowl at Ehra-Lessien in Germany. The convertible is sold with a claimed 255mph top speed, and the German TUV organisation was there to officially verify the Vitesse can top 250mph uncovered.

Behind the Vitesse’s wheel was Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu, a 29-year-old who praised the Veyron’s comfort and stability at record-breaking speeds.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Bugatti’s Veyron Vitesse World Record Car will take pride of place on its 2013 Shanghai motor show stand, complete with a silver-penned scrawl on its kick plate celebrating its success.

The Vitesse wore a black and orange two-tone colour scheme. And those who feel their Veyron collection is too small can spend 1.99 million euros plus tax (around £2.1million) on a replica. Just eight Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car Editions will be made, making it one of the model’s scarcer specials. And certainly the one with the longest name…

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

The Vitesse’s record takes some of the attention away from the 267.8mph Veyron Super Sport, which has been dropped of its Guinness World Record for fastest production car owing to models sold to the public being limited to 258mph. US rival Hennessey is looking to take advantage, its 1244bhp Venom GT topping 265mph last week and aiming for more than 275mph.

A more in-depth look at Bugatti’s new record comes via evo’s exclusive Veyron Vitesse record video, below:

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/review/202972/aston-martin-dbx-review-the-first-performance-suv-to-deliver-on-its-promise
Reviews

Aston Martin DBX review - the first performance SUV to deliver on its promise

Aston Martin's first SUV is more than a good SUV, the DBX is the best car the British firm makes
10 Aug 2020
Visit/maserati/ghibli/202975/maserati-ghibli-trofeo-revealed-sober-dressed-bmw-m5-rival-finally-arrives
Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli Trofeo revealed – sober-dressed BMW M5 rival finally arrives

Some seven years after the launch of its executive saloon, Maserati has given it a V8 – with 572bhp
10 Aug 2020
Visit/bugatti/21646/new-bugatti-divo-deliveries-begin-ps44m-hypercar-hits-the-road
Bugatti

New Bugatti Divo deliveries begin - £4.4m hypercar hits the road

The very first examples of Bugatti’s Divo hypercar have rolled out of its Molsheim HQ gates
7 Aug 2020
Visit/bmw/m4/22869/new-2020-bmw-m4-throws-off-more-disguise-ahead-of-reveal
BMW M4

New 2020 BMW M4 throws off more disguise ahead of reveal

BMW’s next M4 coupe promises much, but will it deliver? Here’s everything we know so far
7 Aug 2020