Bugatti Veyron thrives on enduring mystique

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Buying a supercar like Bugatti or an entry level auto like the Nissan Versa is the same in one respect β€” it’s a subjective choice. But then the similarity ends suddenly.

Beyond the obvious financial differences between a $10,000 car and a $2 million car, the major difference between a Versa and a Bugatti is exposure. Drive a Versa and you’re invisible, always. Drive a Bugatti and it’s impossible not to seen.

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Every new edition of the Bugatti is automotive industry extravaganza, particularly if it’s the manufacturer’s most powerful roadster to date. That occurred in April 2012 when the open-top version of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse at the Beijing Auto Show.

The new Bugatti has remarkable numbers: 1,200 horsepower (reached at 6,400 rpm), acceleration from 0-100 kph (62 mph) in 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 255 mph. The four-wheel drive Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse the fastest production roadster in history.

The Super Sport version of the Veyron is the fastest street-legal production car in the world, with a top speed of 267.856 mph.

Designed and developed by the Volkswagen Group and manufactured in Molsheim, France by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is classified as a mid-engined grand touring car. The Veyron was present at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show, with the first prototype complete in 2003.

The Veyron EB 16.4 is named in honour of Pierre Veyron, a Bugatti development engineer, test driver and company race driver who, with co-driver Jean-Pierre Wimille, won the 1939 24 hours of Le Mans while driving a Bugatti. The “EB” refers to Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti and the “16.4” refers to the engine’s 16 cylinders and four turbochargers.

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