Best Of The Best 2006: Big Bad Bugatti

  • Paul Dean

If the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 had taken a name from its presence rather than from a French race driver, it might have been called the Bugatti Incroyable, because “incredible” is the perfect descriptor for a car that will hold its astounding position—as the Anglo-French Concorde supersonic transport did for three decades—until someone chooses to invest greater risk and daring in going further and doing better.

Unknown is how much mettle it will take to dislodge the Veyron’s implausible stats: a zero-to-60-mph time that is a gasp over two seconds and a top speed of 250 mph from the pull of 987 hp developed by a 16-cylinder engine. The Veyron’s most staggering number, however, may be its price of $1.25 million, which is roughly equal to the cost of a half-dozen Ferrari F430 Spiders.

The Veyron is a towering engineering achievement, a thing of considerable albeit bulbous beauty, and a vehicle that at slow speeds on suburban missions handles smoothly, comfortably, and safely. Magnifique.

Bugatti
www.bugatti-cars.de

Photo by Darin Schnabel⁄RM Auctions
One of the finest car collections in the country is paring down...
There may be no car collectors more fanatical than Porsche collectors...
A stretched version of Maserati’s flagship Quattroporte sedan, the Octoporte is packed with...
Photo by Piccinini Roberto
The already impressive Huracán has been given an array of race-friendly upgrades…
The new GTS, unveiled 50 years after the original Targa debuted, will hit U.S. dealerships in April…
Photo by Jim Fets
The successful trip puts Audi on track to release its first autonomous car in 2017…
Jaguar’s design director discloses that the F-Pace is the production version of the C-X17 concept…
This year’s show saw debuts from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and other top carmakers…
The racecar set off a Ford winning streak at Le Mans that lasted four years…
Photo by Mercedes-Benz
Armored versions of the limousine-like vehicle will also be available…