2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse “Gris Rafale”
Bugatti has introduced the latest Veyron special edition named Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse “Gris Rafale” at 2012 the 2012 Sao Paulo Auto Show. This model based on standard Veyron Vitesse that has been launched at Geneva Motor Show 2012 last March.
Same as the standard Vitesse model, the new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rafale is still using the old 7,9-liter turbocharged W16 engine capable of producing 1200 horsepower (882 kW) at 6,400 rpm and peak torque of 1500 Nm between 3,000–5,000 rpm. With this power, the new Rafale will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in only 2.6 seconds and can hit an impressive top speed of 410 km/h (255 mph).
For the body design, the new Veyron Rafale painted in ‘Gris Rafale’ blue color inserted with carbon fiber also sprayed blue. The front end is characterized by larger air intakes; the two central air intakes to the left and right of the Bugatti radiator grille are divided horizontally by a bar. The bottom air vent stretches sideways into the wheel housing and gives this exceptional sports car an extremely masterful appearance. Directly below this air intake, you will see a new, visually refined front spoiler that has been designed in a similar way to the splitters used in motor racing. The improved xenon headlights from the Super Sport, which are now framed in black, are also new. The rear end, which is also derived from the Super Sport, is characterized by a double diffuser and a centrally positioned twin tailpipe. A new Park Distance Control system (PDC) watches over the front and the rear. The new Vitesse stand on a lighter 20-inch “Vitesse”-type alloy wheels.
On the interior, carbon fibre is (along with stainless metals such as aluminium and magnesium) which includes the center console extension, a cover with EB logo in the rear-bulkhead leather trim (between the seat backrests) and the belt outlet covers on the seats. The decor on the center console, the door inserts and the adjoining trim on the instrument panel are also made from carbon fiber. Contrasting stitching is also featured on the leather armrest between the seats, which comes without the typical quilting. Also new: knee pads in the center tunnel area, an additional 12 V socket (in the glove compartment), the restraint systems, the illuminated start and parking lock button (same as Super Sport), an instrument cluster with shift-up information and – as a matter of honor – the power gauge that now goes up to 1,200 hp.
What is new in this model? Each one of the 300 Veyrons and 40 Grand Sports built so far is unique. This also applies to the special Vitesse model Bugatti is showing at the São Paulo Group Night. Major parts of the upper area of the body are finished in the light “Gris Rafale”, while the roof area, air scoops, air brake and some parts of the back are in blue visible carbon. This strong contrast of colors is found again in the interior but vice-versa: with lake blue leather seats and a stitching in light grey.
2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse “Gris Rafale” will priced at €1.9 million (about $2.4 million) or about $200,000 more expensive than the Standard Vitesse model. This model can be ordered as special edition at this time and the automaker say that they are waiting for the first buyer.