I would like to introduce the Bugatti Veyron, a $1.7 million supercar. Maybe this is a good way to spend your $600 stimulus check?

It is officially sanctioned as the fastest production automobile in the world. It was originally introduced in 2005, but the current incarnation is heralded as the quickest accelerating and decelerating street-legal production car in the world. Unfortunately, there were only 300 made and they have all been sold.

Check out the stats from Portfolio’s recent profile of the automaker (photos + video):

  • 12 radiators
  • 16 cylinders
  • 4 turbos,
  • 1,000-plus horsepower
  • 7-speed double-clutch transmission
  • Top speeds ranging around 255 mph
  • Goes 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds
  • 0 to 253 mph in a mind-bending 53 seconds
  • in a panic braking maneuver, 253 mph to 0 in 10 seconds

Bugatti, a famous racing car brand founded by eccentric Italian designer Ettore Bugatti in 1909, is still making cars at its original Molsheim, France factory. However, it has since been purchased by Volkswagen AG, which created this mind-melting Bugatti Veyron.

Special editions of the original Veyron, such as the Veyron Pur Sang and the Veyron Fbg par Hermès sell for $2 million and $2.3 million respectively. But they are little more than premium paint-job versions of the Veyron.

The average customer for this type of automobile already owns at least 30 other cars. According to the Bugatti comany historian potential buyers don’t want just another car, they want another story. The Bugatti name is one of the best stories of a company, between its crazy founder to its current old-school assembly factory in rural France.

If you are lucky enough to afford one, they really take their time putting together the details on these cars. They only complete two a week.

To give you an example of why this car is so expensive. The square-head bolts that hold together the air ducts on the car are made from titanium, and each costs over $100.

Most of the time the car is shipped by plane to the buyer, accompanied by an escort engineer to orient the new owner with his vehicle. A few people have also driven the car right out of the factory though. That must be an awesome way to break in your new car, hop on the Autobahn over in Germany on your way home!

And you won’t believe this but, according to the Portoflio article:

At top speed this car will run out of fuel in 12 minutes. That’s purely a safety precaution because the tires would melt after 15 minutes.

That should give you a pretty good idea of what you’re messing with when you step into one of these. Besides it might soon cost another 1.7 mil to fill the tank.

Also check out this thing race an RAF EuroFighter jet on TopGear:

Bugatti Veyron Races Eurofighter Jet – Watch more free videos

Portfolio: Auto Erotic, May 9, 2008