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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Roadster - Top Down at 200+ MPH!

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Roadster - Top Down at 200+ MPH!

Source: Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. | Published: August 6, 2008

By Jesse Sears
RSportsCars Contributor

The "wind in your hair" just got a new meaning with the first teasers of Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, a "Targa top" roadster and the newest Bugatti Veyron from the Italian supercar manufacturer, which continues to titillate the automotive world with ultra low-run Veyron special editions.

While details are scarce until the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport official unveiling at the Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance later this month, what we do know is that the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is not a fully convertible model, rather employing a removable glass roof mechanism similar to the one in the new 2009 Porsche 911 Targa, except in the case of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport the roof must be removed manually. The "convertible" Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, as the roadster edition will be called, is little changed otherwise from the Bugatti Veyron 16.4.

It makes sense for Bugatti to go with the removable glass roof "Targa" style Veyron rather than a true convertible, because driving a Veyron, roll bars or not, at the speeds the Italian supercar is capable of in true open-top form--think Lambo Murciealgo Roadster for those with suicidal tendencies--would be just to difficult to achieve while still keeping the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport's occupants safe. As detailed in the brief Bugatti official news release, reprinted in whole below, the manufacturer of what is perhaps the world's most desirable supercar has taken great strides with the Veyron Grand Sport Roadster to make sure that even in psudeo-convertible form, the supercar offers the maximum safety possible to its occupants.

Veyron Grand Sport: Top Speed Governer?

Reputable automotive news sources have reported that due to safety concerns, the open-top Veyron Grand Sport will carry a speed governer, though the general consensus is that it will be set somewhere north of 200 mph. Still, this would make it the fastest roadster in the world by any measure. Check back around mid month for all the details, specs and pricing on the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Roadster!

A new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 shows its open side

Official Bugatti News Release

A new Bugatti will publicly be displayed for the first time at this yearís Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance, on August 16th, 2008

Molsheim, France/Wolfsburg, August 1, 2008 Ė The last preparations are running at full speed. Two more weeks and then Bugatti Automobiles will present their new Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport for the very first time to the public.

It will be a roadster with a unique, removable roof. The open-top Grand Sport allows driver and passenger to feel even closer to the carís breathtaking power. Those who consider the wind in their hair and the roar of a thoroughbred racing engine in their ears to be essential to true driving enjoyment will find their perfect motor car in this new Bugatti. Even with the top on the Grand Sport does not loose any of its fascination and conveys to the passenger a new exciting panoramic view.

As well as a large number of new equipment features, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport also incorporates innovative structural solutions, designed to ensure the roadster offers the same extremely high levels of performance and passive safety as the coupe version.

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport will be presented to the public in the afternoon of August 16, 2008, at the lawn in front of the Pebble Beach Lodge. The very first build slot for this new car, to be built in Spring 2009, will be auctioned the next day at the renown Gooding auction at the Equestrian Center at Pebble Beach.
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