Spy Shots: 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Super Sport

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"1,200 horsepower is too much, but more than 1,001 is absolutely possible."

These were the words spoken by Bugatti CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, just last week when discussing a future special edition of the almost put to rest Bugatti Veyron. He was talking about the possibility of a Super Sport package for the Veyron Grand Sport model - the Veyron’s open top model - but while we were convinced such a vehicle would be nowhere near ready for the line, our spy photographers have snapped a few pictures of the actual vehicle almost entirely free of its camouflage.

From these images we can see that the NACA air ducts that usually are on the Super Sport model have been changed for the normal Grand Sport air intakes. This is due to the fact that the NACA air ducts will not work with the open top aspect of the vehicle. Some changes might also be hidden under the minimal camouflage found on the front bumper, but only time will tell what those may be.

The Bugatti Veyron line all carry the same 8.0 liter W16 engine, but the SuperSport’s output is much higher (1200 HP) compared to the Grand Sport’s (1001 HP) due to the use of four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers. We expect Bugatti to follow along this same turbocharged path for the Grand Sport Super Sport, albeit in a tamer way.

Expect the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Super Sport’s price tag to fall somewhere in the middle of the Grand Sport ($1.9M) and the Super Sport ($2.4M).


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