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December 14, 2005

Bugatti Veyron — For $1,250,000, the world's fastest production car

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Today's Wall Street Journal features Stephen Power's story about Volkswagen's latest bad idea (above and below).

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You will recall that the company recently pulled the plug on its luxury Phaeton after nobody bought it.

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I guess they figure they'll make up for that gaffe by upping their new flagship's price by a factor of 20: that way, they'll only have to not sell 5% of the number of Phaetons they couldn't fool people into believing were Mercedes or BMW equivalents to lose the same enormous sum of money.

No matter: Power got a great article and they even let him test drive the Veyron.

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He noted that he got anxious at 112 mph and wouldn't take it any higher.

Not a problem for the professional test driver riding shotgun with him: they changed seats and his companion took it up a notch.

Wrote Power, "There's nothing like traveling 170 mph, in the rain, on a one–lane road. Except when your driver slams the brakes to illustrate their stopping force."

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Specs:

• 16–cylinder engine

• 1,001 horsepower

• 0–62 in 2.5 seconds

• 253 mph top speed

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The car is currently being produced at a factory in France, where it takes over a week to make each one.

I must say that they took more than a casual styling cue from the Dodge Viper (below).

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I might take issue with the Wall Street Journal's headline for Power's story; it reads:

    Million–Dollar Baby: World's Most Expensive Car

What about Ferrari's Enzo?

That one runs $1,755,000 last time I looked.

Maybe I'll send Power and the Wall Street Journal an email pointing out this discrepancy.

I mean, it's not like I've got a lot of other things to do, what?

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SSC Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo Breaks Production Car World Speed Record

WEST RICHLAND, WA (09/13/2007) Shelby Supercars (SSC), manufacturer of the ultra high-performance Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo, set the new "World’s Fastest Production Car" record earlier today with an average top speed of 255.83 mph. Confident of the 1183 hp vehicle’s abilities, SSC set out to validate their top speed claim in accordance with the strict guidelines set by Guinness World Records. Among other requirements, in order to meet Guinness’ approval, a vehicle testing for the top speed record must drive down the course, turn around, and make a second pass in the opposite direction within one hour. The vehicle’s official “top speed” is calculated by averaging the top speeds of each pass in order to negate any favorable road or weather conditions. Today, on a temporarily-closed 2 lane stretch of public highway in Washington State, the Ultimate Aero posted a top speed of 257.11 mph (413.83 kph) on its first pass and 254.55 mph (409.71 kph) on its return pass, yielding a new top speed record: a staggering 255.83 mph (411.76 kph). The data, collected by Dewetron's world-renowned GPS tracking system, will be verified by Guinness before the Ultimate Aero is officially crowned the "World's Fastest Production Car." This breaks the current official record held by the Koenigsegg CCR at 242 mph by 11.83 mph and the Bugatti Veyron's unofficial speed of 253 mph by 3.11 mph.

Posted by: Luis Ojeda | Sep 14, 2007 4:43:15 PM

nd i gotta say that the dodge viper is a piece of shite, lol i'll admit the body is gorgeous but be fair the porformance is poo
;)

Posted by: andrew | Mar 15, 2007 12:13:07 PM

i have to say it.

this is a car. not an airplane.

it has to drive on roads. with other people...including their children...in slow cars.

it is unusable technology, unless you are willing to risk vehicular homicide.

a ridiculous waste of technology and design effort.

a $1.25m exercise in vanity and stupidity.

a small-confined space in which to be extremely pissed while stuck going 65mph on a crowded freeway full of giant SUVs for which the driver and all $1.25 million of this mini-car are merely a crumple zone in an accident.

anyone tempted to buy one of these should buy 25,000 starving people a gourmet meal instead. think of that.

and if you want cool, get a Tesla

http://www.teslamotors.com/index.php?js_enabled=1

(almost as fast, 1/10th the price, and all electric).

Pistons are so 2000.


Posted by: stephen bove | Mar 13, 2007 8:04:04 PM

yeh, okay, i love the bugatti aswell, but what does evry-1 think of the all new koenigsegg ccgt

lol love ya al

Posted by: andrew | Mar 13, 2007 2:33:29 PM

hey nm i just figured it out....1995 McLaren F1 LM, right?

Posted by: Bugatti Princess | Feb 28, 2007 4:57:16 PM

hey anyone know this car?:

- price = $1,250,000

- 60 degree 12V engine
- 2341 lbs
- transverse 6 speed manual trans.
- top speed 225 mph
- 0-60 in 2.9 seconds
- known as the best car ever made
- few ever made
- owns fully decked out skylines by more than 2 seconds in a 1/4


any idea which car this is?

Posted by: Bugatti Princess | Feb 28, 2007 4:51:07 PM

Bugatti Veyrons are the most freakin awesome car in the world

Posted by: | Feb 24, 2007 7:00:20 PM

sweet pictures of the Bugati :)
My fav is the third one.

Posted by: Kelly Williams | Feb 21, 2007 8:16:03 PM

i hate you, my civics faster,my names benny douma, 541-683-0950

Posted by: ben | Jan 14, 2006 5:30:13 PM

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