An eight liter W-16, quad-turbocharged, 1000+ horsepower driven, 175.7-inch beast rolls up to the curb and one thing rolls through your mind: the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. This French marvel of the automobile world has managed to break records, stun automotive reviewers galore and package itself in a sleek futuristic design. However, there is one thing that separates the Bugatti super car from the rest of the herd and that is its acceleration.
The Veyron currently holds the record as the world's fastest production car, managing to propel its sturdy 4,162 pound chassis from zero to 100 kilometers per hour (around 62 mph) in 2.5 seconds. That lightning-quick time has managed to garner the Bugatti quite a fair amount of media attention, as well as its second fastest top speed of 253.5 miles per hour. The Veyron is only outdone in terms of top speed by the SSC Ultimate Aero TT, the fastest production car in the world.
Inside the Bugatti's engine compartment is nothing you have ever seen. The W-16 has a seemingly normal eight liter displacement, yet pushes out over 1,000 metric horsepower with its four turbo chargers and 1,250 pounds/feet of torque. Bugatti officials say their estimates are very conservative and the real BHP rating (from a stated 987) could reach over 1020 BHP.
Reviews from notable automotive fanatic websites such as "Top Gear," "Road and Track" and "Autocar" have said that the Veyron is one of the smoothest rides around despite its amazing top speeds and performance statistics. Gordon Murray, the person who designed the McLaren F1, ranted about his displeasure with the Bugatti. However, his test drive of the Veyron for "Road and Track" magazine glorified the supercar as something unexpected and much more than simply "the world's fastest car."
Although its price tag hovers around $1.6 million, the Bugatti Veyron is a car that made history. One of the biggest engines with the largest output, it is the dream vehicle of millionaires and workingmen alike. Since its first sale in 2005, 200 total Veyrons are now around the world being driven by some lucky guys. As we look at them from a distance, all we can say is, "I want a Bugatti."
Posted on: Jul. 20, 2010