Is the big Bug’ the baddest?

I fear this one may get heated…
The Veyron is – we reckon – the world’s most famous hypercar. Its rise to fame was partly due to the ambition of VW’s head honcho when he wanted to build the fastest car in the world.
Then it got delayed. Then it got development problems. Somewhere along the line the brakes didn’t stop the car properly – worrying when you’ve got 1,001 horses trying to escape.
Even the frickin’ gearbox took FIFTY engineers FIVE years to perfect. Yes, I’ve capitalised those words because they are extraordinary figures, for quite an extraordinary car.
When the big Bug’ finally landed, it was a technological tour-de-force of outright grunt and power. It could stop from 253mph to zero in just ten seconds. Its 8-litre engine managed to accelerate the Veyron’s 2.2 tonne weight to 62mph in 2.5 seconds – that’s motorbike quick.
There’s not much to touch it – but is it a proper bad-boy?
The Koenigsegg CCX offers similar ludicrous performance but brings the vital ingredient of violence to the party – the next time you drive could very well be your last if you’re not careful…
Then there’s the SSC Ultimate Aero – a 250mph+ motor which looks otherwordly. The Pagani Zonda gets big love in our books because of its outlandish style, glorious highly-stressed V12 engine and its charisma.
The Gumpert Apollo? Well, it’s dog-ugly but at least it’s got character. And 800bhp in a shell which weighs less than a Ford Fiesta.
We saw on Top Gear that the Veyron had a hard time keeping up with the ten-year old McLaren F1 off the line, but came back with a slug of horsepower to win the epic battle. But even former racing driver Tiff Needell told us he’d prefer the McLaren because it’s “got some soul”.
Then there’s the Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-SV – the finest Lambo to date. You don’t need the power or performance figures…because it’s a Lamborghini.
If this were a house party, we reckon the Koenigsegg would be the demented James Bond villain in a lab coat; the Gumpert Apollo the ex-convict; the Pagani Zonda a flashy footballer with a penchant for on-pitch fouling; the McLaren F1 a heavyweight champion with a heart of gold, and the Lambo a cage-fighter, pure and simple.
But would the Veyron be the quiet, unassuming accountant in the corner?
An accountant?

An accountant?

I fear this one may get heated…

The Veyron is – we reckon – the world’s most famous hypercar. Its rise to fame was partly due to the ambition of VW’s head honcho when he wanted to build the fastest car in the world.

Then it got delayed. Then it got development problems. Somewhere along the line the brakes didn’t stop the car properly – worrying when you’ve got 1,001 horses trying to escape.

Even the frickin’ gearbox took FIFTY engineers FIVE years to perfect. Yes, I’ve capitalised those words because they are extraordinary figures, for quite an extraordinary car.

When the big Bug’ finally landed, it was a technological tour-de-force of outright grunt and power. It could stop from 253mph to zero in just ten seconds. Its 8-litre engine managed to accelerate the Veyron’s 2.2 tonne weight to 62mph in 2.5 seconds – that’s motorbike quick.

There’s not much to touch it – but is it a proper bad-boy?

The Koenigsegg CCX offers similar ludicrous performance but brings the vital ingredient of violence to the party – the next time you drive could very well be your last if you’re not careful…

Then there’s the SSC Ultimate Aero – a 250mph+ motor which looks otherwordly. The Pagani Zonda gets big love in our books because of its outlandish style, glorious highly-stressed V12 engine and its charisma.

The Gumpert Apollo? Well, it’s dog-ugly but at least it’s got character. And 800bhp in a shell which weighs less than a Ford Fiesta.

We saw on Top Gear that the Veyron had a hard time keeping up with the ten-year old McLaren F1 off the line, but came back with a slug of horsepower to win the epic battle. But even former racing driver Tiff Needell told us he’d prefer the McLaren because it’s “got some soul”.

Then there’s the Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-SV – the finest Lambo to date. You don’t need the power or performance figures…because it’s a Lamborghini.

If this were a house party, we reckon the Koenigsegg would be the demented James Bond villain in a lab coat; the Gumpert Apollo the ex-convict; the Pagani Zonda a flashy footballer with a penchant for on-pitch fouling; the McLaren F1 a heavyweight champion with a heart of gold, and the Lambo a cage-fighter, pure and simple.

But would the Veyron be the quiet, unassuming accountant in the corner?

Vijay Pattni.

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