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Posted: 15 Apr 2014
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
Presumably fed up of being the purveyor of the world's most famous fast car, Bugatti turned its considerable nous to the roadster market. So when the production run of 300 Veyron coupes was spoken for, the company turned up to Pebble Beach in 2008 with a new model: the Grand Sport.
At the time it was the fastest roadster in this and many other galaxies, and features a higher windscreen, stylised daytime running lights, and a lightweight, transparent polycarbonate roof.
Because the roof was chopped, Bugatti reinforced the monocoque structure round the side skirts and transmission tunnel, stiffened the B-pillars with carbon fibre supports and positioned a central carbon plate underneath the gearbox. The doors are of carbon fibre variety, and the leather is moisture-resistant. We'll let your imagination laugh its way out of that one.
Roof up, the GS can hit 253mph, and with it down, will top 224mph. In fact, should a troublesome spot of rain attack your scalp, you can open up an "innovative folding roof" like an umbrella at any time. With this in place, you'll be able to hit 80mph.