Of all the cars in the world today, no car is probably more deserving of all the superlatives it has received than the Bugatti Veyron. For those who are unaware, it was designed and developed by Volkswagen, which is hardly synonymous with performance in the minds of casual car enthusiasts. More people are familiar with Porsche, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. But when you see the Bugatti Veyron, in all likelihood you won’t be able to erase it from your memory!
The Veyron is named after a Frenchman who won the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans while driving a Bugatti. Its birth was anything but smooth. When Volkswagen bought the rights to Bugatti, the powers that be in Volkswagen promised the unveiling of the Veyron in 2003, and it will be the fast roadster in the world. It was even supposed to beat the McLaren F1 in a race. But the target came and went with no car in sight, and the early prototypes were embarrassing. Fortunately, they did succeed in the end.
What the Bugatti Veyron Can Do
The design of the Bugatti Veyron denotes both speed and luxury. Some of the weight has been reduced by extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber, but the weight still hovers at the 4500 pound mark. It’s actually shorter than a Porsche 911, yet the interior measurements are quite roomy. Inside the luxury is even more apparent. You are cocooned in luxury leather upholstery, and special aluminum trim.
While the Veyron is truly impressive even at a standstill, it’s when it’s moving that will really make your eyes pop. The engine produces more than a thousand horsepower, and 922 pound feet of torque. The Grand Sport Vitesse version even offers 1200 horsepower. The layout of the engine is quite unique, with two V8 engines joined together. It’ probably like having a couple of Corvette Z06 engines under the hood. The power is transported to all the four wheels via a 7-speed automated manual gearbox. You also get a 4-wheel drive along with gigantic wheels and tires.
So what does that mean in terms of speed? Simply put, it’s the fastest street-legal product car in the world today. The original version was able to reach more than 253 mph, but the latest ones can reach almost 268 mph. In the real world, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse was able to reach more than 254 mph. The 0 to 60 mph time is just 2.5 seconds, and for the quarter mile you only need 10 seconds or so.
What It Will Cost You to Own a Bugatti Veyron
With all that superb performance, you really have to know that you’ll have to pay dearly to own this car. You also need to consider that there are fairly very few Veyrons in the world. According to Bugatti, they only plan to build 300 units. There are numerous Veyron editions, and some of these are so limited that Bugatti made just three of them.
- So first of all let’s talk about price. The base price is set at $1.7 million. That’s the cheapest Veyron you can get. The Super Sport edition will cost you $2.7 million. Your initial down payment will be at least $350K.
- If you are an American, the cost of the delivery is an additional $40K. To put that price in perspective, the cost of the delivery can already get you a nice luxury car like the 2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe.
- You can also lease the Veyron, but only for 5 years. But you will have to put down $24K a month. You are also limited to driving it for just 2500 miles in a single year. So if you are going to use it as a daily driver, you have to limit your trip to 7 miles a day.
- Once you get your Veyron, you are also contractually obligated to perform certain maintenance requirements. The routine yearly maintenance will cost $20K and the detailing will set you back another $10K. You also have to replace the wheel and tires every 10,000 miles, and a new set of tires will cost you $50K.
- And like any other car owner, you also have to pay for insurance and fuel. The insurance is a comparatively negligible $2500 a month. The fuel costs depend on how often you drive and what the prices are in your area. But consider this: the highway miles per gallon is a paltry 13, and when you drive in the city that plummets to 8 mpg. That means you’ll be spending a lot of time at the gas station!
So that means after you put down your millions, your fuel and maintenance costs per year can add up to about $300K. If you have to think about whether you can afford this kind of deal, then it’s a safe bet that you can’t! But it’s nice to dream, right? After all, if Simon Cowell can buy a Bugatti Veyron…
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