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The convertible with the world’s highest top speed is also very probably the car with the world’s longest name – the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car Edition was unveiled at the recent Auto Shanghai. Only eight units will be built, and they’re up for a cool €1.99 million (RM8 million) each.

The special edition commemorates the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse‘s TÜV-certified 408.84 km/h achievement at the famed Ehra-Lessien test track earlier this month – making it officially the fastest convertible in the world. The Grand Sport Vitesse is essentially a Grand Sport with a Super Sport engine.

With an 8.0 litre quad-turbo W16 offering an otherworldly 1,200 hp and 1,500 Nm of twist connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch ‘box, the Vitesse takes an equally otherworldly 2.6 seconds to get to 100 km/h. In handling mode, it’s limited to a really-not-too-shabby 375 km/h.

“This was a very exciting moment. In our training sessions we exceeded 400 km/h but the fact that I could surpass this unbelievable speed once again and even higher has made me very proud,” said Anthony Liu, the Chinese racing driver who piloted the car.

“With an open top, you can really experience the sound of the engine and yet even at higher speeds I did not get compromised by the wind at all.”

This is actually a déjà vu of sorts – the first five Veyron Super Sports built were designated World Record Editions, in commemoration of the car’s record-breaking achievement of 431 km/h in 2010. And guess what – they were also in orange and black.