The Bugatti Veyron. The most powerful, fastest, and most expensive production car to date.
It’s made by Volkswagen.
For those who aren’t gearheads, here are a few details of the Veyron 16.4:
- 1001 horsepower (five times as much as Audi’s standard 2.0L turbo engine)
- 8.0L quad-turbo W-16 engine (that’s essentially two V8 engines)
- 0-60mph in two and a half seconds (in first gear!)
- 0-150mph in about eight and a half seconds (so, it gets to 150mph in the time most cars take to get to 60)
- Top speed: 252mph, or 407km/h
Besides these stunning figures, it has a stunning figure:
At top speed the tires will last only 15 minutes. Here’s a look at the hydraulic spoiler that comes up at high speeds to hold the car on the road better:
And of course, the W-16 engine, which at top speed will use up 25gal (100L) of fuel in 12 minutes:
Only one exhaust? Hehe. Rear view:
Looks a wee bit menacing from this angle. And one wonders, how does the driver see the road?
The Wikipedia article had me laughing a few times, for example: first scheduled maintenance costs $22,000 and the tires are over $10,000 a set.
Don’t worry about fuel economy: there isn’t any. City driving will set you back a bit, at 8mpg (29L/100km). At current gas prices, that’s about 31 cents a mile in the States. Just drive it for business, you’ll be reimbursed about that amount, so what’s the worry?
Oh, yeah, the price tag of this Veyron at the Auto-Konig expensive-car-dealer in Munich: EUR 1,374,450.00.
Maybe that’s why Auto-Konig was (sadly) gone when I went by there to look at the fancy cars this week. In this economy, even luxury car buyers can’t afford to shell out almost $2 million for a car. But I’m glad I had the chance to look at it and take photographs!
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