Vitesse is the French word for speed, and the Grand Sport Vitesse delivers.
In April, the open-top version reached a maximum speed of 408.84 kilometers per hour (254.04 mph) at Volkswagen's proving grounds in Ehra-Lessien, Germany. That record gave the car its title as the fastest open-top production sports car in the world.
The leather used in the car's interior is made from the hides of cows that were raised at high altitudes. This helps prevent imperfections in the leather because the high elevation limits the number of insects that could bite the cows and damage their hides.