As much as Jay Leno likes the classic variety of automobiles, even he salivates at the thought of driving the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, he’s joined by John Hill of Bugatti and a two-tone orange version of the 16-cylinder sports car.
Leno and Hill talk technology first. We learn that the extra 200 hp in the Grand Sport comes from bigger turbos and two additional fuel pumps, bringing to the total to four. It also gets better gas mileage than the base car by operating more efficiently. The front end gets larger grilles for more cooling, while the rear diffuser comes from the Veyron Super Sport.
When the driving segment arrives, Leno introduces Bugatti test driver and American Le Mans Series participant Butch Leitzinger. Leitzinger is the official test driver for the company, and says you can feel the extra 200 horses under the hood.
Eerily similar to the Renault DeZir concept from the 2010 Paris motor show, the A110-50 is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Renault Alpine A110.
The original Alpine A110 premiered in 1962 at the Paris motor show and was, according to Renault, a vehicle for “motorsports first and foremost.”
Clad in a blazing shade of blood red, the LF-LC suggests a future sports car for the luxury brand. The concept has a 2+2 configuration and a hybrid powertrain. It was designed at the company’s Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif.
The shots show an angled, angry grille evidenced on the LF-GH concept at the 2011 New York auto show, which closely previewed the 2013 GS sedan.
The LF-LC concept also has blinged-out wheels, futuristic three-bulb headlights and curvy fenders. More details will be revealed on Monday.
The Detroit auto show promises to be a sports-car shootout, as Acura has confirmed that the NSX will bow there and Chevrolet is bringing two athletic design concepts.
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