Best of the Best 2013: Convertibles: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse
For those who have it all and still want more, there is the 2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse (www.bugatti.com). The Vitesse boasts an impressive collection of numbers, beginning with its $2.25 million price. Next is the car’s 8-liter, 16-cylinder engine, which produces 1,200 hp. Paired with a lightning-quick 7-speed double-clutch transmission, the engine helps the Vitesse claim the title of the world’s fastest open-top car. From rest, the car reaches 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and 100 mph in less than 5 seconds, and it can continue on to a reported top speed of 254 mph.
But the numbers do not tell the whole Vitesse story. When the car is traveling at city speed limits, it rides like a sport-tuned Bentley. Shifts are imperceptible, the steering is firm and direct, and the cabin is quiet, even with the roof removed. Put the throttle down, however, and the twin intakes, which are positioned directly behind the driver and passenger headrests, emit a thrilling whoosh. It is a fitting soundtrack for a most exhilarating driving experience.