Let’s take the famous Bugatti Veyron as an example. This mid-engine sports car has been the top pick for years, and it wasn’t even a close fight by any means. Veyron has dominated the market since its launch, leaving the competition in the dust (literally). Although not mass-produced or affordable, this sports car won the market (or made everyone who couldn’t stand it drool at its power).
Veyron was introduced in 2005 and quickly gained positive reviews from all over the world. It has continued to grow over the years only to get a special update in 2011, earning the title of the fastest street legal production car in the world.
The 2011 Bugatti Veyron brought the Super Sports version into existence. Today, we review its best feature (it’s easy to guess with closed eyes) and reveal the most eye-catching facts behind its design.
The 2011 Bugatti Veyron’s brutal performance is its best feature
There was nothing modest about the Bugatti Veyron. When it was launched in 2005, this sports car debuted with a massive 8-liter W16 turbocharged four-cylinder engine that practically translates to two V8s. Naturally (or should we say impressively), the engine put out 987 horsepower and 922 pound-feet of torque. This resulted in a top speed of 253.81 mph on the Ehra-Lessien test track in 2005.
So, Veyron was able to burn the track, that was obvious, but Bugatti apparently wasn’t completely satisfied with the results. The French automaker must have seen the Veyron as a toy car. There’s no other explanation for what happened next – new and updated Veyron models, with the one from 2011 bringing tire roasting power to the market.
As if the Veyron wasn’t powerful enough, the Super Sport gained better performance. Thanks to turbo additions and changes to the fuel system, the W16 engine in the new model was able to push up to 1200 hp. But the madness does not end there.
Due to the 7-speed DSG transmission that delivers power through all four wheels, the 2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport gives flawless control on the road and accelerates quickly without any lag at all. As a result, this Veyron reaches a top speed of 267 mph and reaches 60 mph in 2.3 seconds. Did we mention that this was probably the fastest street legal sports car? Yes, well, it felt appropriate to mention it again.
So, with that kind of power, a 2011 Bugatti Veyron had to have a speed limit built in, or its tires with beautifully colored rims would be roasted in a matter of minutes. But still, it’s all part of Veron’s allure. Although you can’t quite push its engine on the streets, there is something incredibly special about owning one of the fastest cars in the world. Well, at least for those who were able to shell out large amounts of money and grab one of the very few Veyrons products.
Good and Evil: Exceptional Design vs. Production numbers and pricing
While performance is undoubtedly the best feature of the 2011 Bugatti Veyron, we can’t overlook the design. Sure, aerodynamics was a top priority for the Bugatti designers who made this car, but they achieved it with style and luxury. Low-profile, flat-bottomed 2011 Bugatti Veyron looks aggressive yet elegant, all with the ultimate low-resistance.
Of particular interest in the Veyron is the rounded stern with a pair of twin taillights and the small, tall windshield. The unique design makes the rear of the 2011 Bugatti Veyron as aggressive as the front, but that wasn’t surprising. Bugatti designers certainly expected most people to look at the Veyron from behind, right?
When it comes to the interior, Bugatti has kept things elegant and simple. Designing a loaded interior wouldn’t be very practical, especially considering the Veyron is all about performance. So, the cabin is as simple as it gets.
While some people may not be satisfied with the interior, that’s not the Veyron’s problem at the end of the day. The bad thing about this amazing sports car is its availability and pricing. All Veyron models (regardless of year of production) come in limited numbers at unbelievable prices.
The starting price for the Super Sport was $2,580,000. Although this doesn’t really surprise anyone, it’s sad news. But then again, the Bugatti Veyron wasn’t built for the co-driver in the first place.