Classical cars, including the history of the great classical automobiles
October 14th, 2007

We (Nigel, That Is) Drive the Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

Our ace contributor Nigel Matthews gets to drive some very exotic machinery but nothing could compare with his seat time in the Bugatti Veyron, the fastest and most expensive production-built car in the world. It is already a collector car and future classic, so his recounting of the event in his Western Driver article certainly fits with our Classical Drives' theme and I'm delighted to share it with you. Consider the following: The Veyron has a 1001 hp W-16 engine with 4 turbochargers, 10 radiators, direct-shift 7-speed gearbox with paddle shifters, all-wheel-drive, ceramic carbon brakes, incredibly sophisticated rear wing/air brake, and a price tag of 1.3 million dollars. It will do 0-62 in 2.3 seconds and stop even quicker. Naturally our friend took no risks with this ultra-supercar but his tale of riding as a passenger with LeMans racer Pierre-Henri Raphanel near Carmel is good for an adrenelin rush, even while sitting at the computer. I've test driven some very quick cars at speed, including the latest Porsche Carrera4, but those experiences pale by comparison. Should you not wish to spend all that money at once, you can lease a Veyron for $24,000 a month. The same amount will get you a corporate jet for eight hours: which ride would you rather have?

by Philip Powell | Posted in European Specials, German Cars, Test Drives | 3 Comments » |


Comment by masini de inchiriat aeroport
  • What a car! Can I envy that guy even more?

    July 15, 2008 @ 5:41 pm
  • Comment by Philip
  • Hey… we all envy Nigel! He’s just returned from the UK where Aston-Martin gave him a nice new convertible to drive. While there Nigel attended the British GP AND the Goodwood Revival!

    July 15, 2008 @ 6:19 pm
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    August 25, 2009 @ 9:32 am
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