2008 Bugatti Veyron Targa

2008 Bugatti Veyron Targa
2008 Bugatti Veyron Targa

Bugatti seems to be working on a Targa semi-convertible version of its EB16.4 Veyron super-coupe. The open-top version of the mid-engined grand tourer will probably keep its current 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbocharged 1001 hp powerplant, which will make it the world’s fastest street legal semi-convertible. That’s if the car will actually go into production, of course.

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The vehicle’s glass roof will probably be designed by German Webasto company (or rather its 100% subsidiary OASys,) the one that is responsible for the folding hardtops of such cars as the new VW Eos, Ford Focus, elegant Volvo C70 and the awkward Mitsubishi Colt CZS.

Yet, unlike the VW Eos or, which is more relevant here, the ultra-expensive Ferrari Enzo Targa supercar, the Veyron Targa will lack the ability to stow its roof on board: there is simply no space for it behind the seats, so future owners will have to leave the roof in a garage.

The solution may be nice if you live near a race track, but it could be quite an uncomfortable experience if a sudden thunderstorm finds miles away from the nearest roof.

Therefore, Bugatti plans to equip the Targa with a piece of canvas, which will protect the car’s inhabitants against rain or sunshine.

To compensate for added weight (without the integrated roof the car will become less rigid, so VW’s engineers will have to introduce extra load-bearing elements into other parts of the body, thus adding more weight,) the Veyron Targa will receive carbon-fiber doors and hood.

Of course, there will be some other slight modifications to the car’s appearance, such as restyled grille and new headlights that can swivel synchronously with the front wheels.

Because of a heightened aerodynamic drag of the vehicle, EB16.4 Veyron Targa‘s top speed will be lowered by some 35 to 217 mph, but it will still be the fastest open-top on Earth.

Photo: Bugatti

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