Shotgun in the Veyron Vitesse
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Posted: 04 Oct 2013
The Veyron GSV is equally foreboding. Though I've driven several Veyrons, and attended the original 2006 launch in Sicily, I've only ever seen one in the wild, and time hasn't diluted its ability to shock. It isn't pretty, but it's pretty amazing, a solid hunk of carbon whose body flows in an almost seamless, slightly porcine arc. As with most mega cars, your eye is drawn to the tyres, which are so huge they're like orbiting moons. They're hand-made, cost 20 grand a set and the pressures can reach 3.6 bar at high speed. In fact, they would explode if the car wasn't limited to 255mph.
In becoming a GSV, various alterations have taken place. Visuals, first. There's a new roof spoiler, disguised with white tape on this prototype, that splits the airflow over the car into two separate streams to reduce noise. There are larger air intakes at the front, primarily to cool the front differential. Look closely, and you'll spot additional, slimmer intakes beneath the front lights, which help dissipate heat around the wheelhouse area.