• Jun 16th 2006 at 2:01PM
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Last week, Greenwich, CT motorists were joined on the roads by a particularly special guest: the mind-blowing Bugatti Veyron. Now, exotics in Greenwich are actually quite commonplace -- the area is very affluent and is home to several successful high-end dealerships.

Miller Motorcars sells Ferrari, Maserati, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin in three showrooms all within a stone's throw of each other. For car lovers, the trip up West Putnam Avenue and past the Miller dealerships is similar to attending a car show -- a really, really good one, at that.

Two Veyrons had arrived at Miller Motorcars' Bentley / Rolls-Royce facility at the beginning of last week so that prospective customers could have an opportunity to inspect the cars up close. I grabbed my camera and drove out to Miller one afternoon instead of having lunch, figuring that this is one of the few opportunities I'd have to get a really good look at the car. I saw the prototype in 2004, but it was behind a glass wall at a show.

This was altogether different...

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Inside the Rolls showroom was a Black/Titanium Grey Veyron with a Grenadine (dark red) interior. I don't think its possible to overstate how impressive the car is in person. It's big, but it's so well-proportioned, it looks more compact than it actually is. Sharing the floor with the Veyron was a Wempe display showcasing the Bugatti-branded jewelery line being released in conjunction with the car. I introduced myself to Michael Parchment, the dealership's Rolls-Royce general manager, and he graciously allowed me to climb into the Veyron to see how it felt. Build quality is absolutely rock-solid. There was nothing fragile about the car at all. The turned aluminum centerstack was beautiful to behold, and all the switchgear worked with authoritative, heavy clicks. The carbon fiber seats were wrapped in leather and incredibly supportive, and the interior surfaces were all of the most premium quality you could imagine.

I moved outside next, where the second Veyron was parked. Finished in White/Soft Silver with a light interior color called "Silk," this car was wearing California manufacturer tags. It was being used to take clients out for test rides, and the driver handling those duties was none other than Dyson Racing's Butch Leitzinger.

While I was there, Butch came out and started the car, revving the engine a bit for the small group that had gathered around. The sound was one of the most authoritative, goosebump-inducing things I'd ever heard. At idle, a pronounced burble emanates from the center-mounted exhaust, but overall, the car is very quiet. At higher revs, however, it breaks into song -- loud, deep, and mixed with an almost supercharger-like whine that lends an added sense of urgency as the gigantic 16-cylinder quad-turbo spools to life. It's a sound you remember, from a car that is utterly unforgettable.

Leitzinger told us that the car is quite easy to drive, actually. This sentiment was reinforced by Michael Parchment, who told me that some customers who own other supercars commented that while they'd never consider driving one of them to dinner, for example, that the Bugatti is so easy to pilot, they'd happily use it for a night out on the town.

The gathering broke up as Butch jumped in the driver's seat to take someone out in the car. It growled at us as it pulled onto the street. Perma-grins were affixed to most of the faces left behind.

It's pretty incredible when you think about it: a $1.4 million (depending on the exchange rates -- officially, the car's cost is 1.1 million Euros), 987-horsepower street missile that's gentle enough to take to the grocery store, yet capable of 248 mph under the proper conditions.

Some would look at it and dismissively label it as being absurd. To me, a different word comes to mind:


Many thanks to Miller Motorcars and Michael Parchment for their time and the access to their automobiles. You can visit Miller Motorcars on the web at www.MillerMotorcars.com.

Photos: Alex Nunez.

Just for fun, here are a few of the other denizens of Miller's Bentley/Rolls-Royce/Aston martin complex:

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wonder when they are going to issue the citation for parking in a handicapped spot...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why does the first car not have the amber corner markers?
      • 9 Years Ago
      holy crap is it still there? I need to go take a look at this.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Those NHTSA mandated amber corner markers look very out of place.

      Stupid and outdated regulation to begin with.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hi there,

      No matter from which angle (positive or negative) one approaches the various debates around the justification etc for the creation of the Bugatti Veyron, you cannot be but absolutely stunned by this vehicle. This is the accumulation of the automotive industry the last 100 years...it is simply the greatest car ever build. Yes, it is expensive and yes it pushes the limits of insanity, but so what? A very few people will ever see this car in real life. Even less will have the opportunity to drive in it and a very privileged group of people will ever own one. We certainly don’t have 900 000 pounds to buy one, but we sure are going to give it our best shot in trying to raise that kind of money. Why? Because it is a challenge and if you don’t dream and pursue your dreams 100% you might as well fall over and die! Follow our story and quest on www.myveyron.com - even if we do not succeed it will be one hell of an adventure!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Veyron is the best, without doubts
      • 9 Years Ago
      I love the Veryon, I have seen a couple down here in Vegas and love the car. I would die for the chance to drive one at hi-speeds!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I second the Zonda F roadster comment.

      But this car...my God. To say I'd rather have a Zonda F over a Veyron is like saying I'd rather have Scarlett Johansson over Jennifer Connelly. To even be presented with the choice would be utter paradise.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Alex, thanks for taking your lunch off and posting everything up great story and pics.

      Also thanks for mentioning the Ferrari CMCC fundraising event. I live right down the street from CMCC so will definetely be making it out. Email me if you're gonna be up in Hartford that day.
      • 9 Years Ago
      can I just say how wrong those Astons look in bright red and yellow? I'm not opposed to yellow by any means, but on an Aston, flat non-metallic? eeugh. ps I would still take the Aston.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Thanks for taking time out and getting such great photo shots in a natural setting. Really interesting to hear a first hand report and first impressions from someone who is not in the PR biz. Great blog article!
      • 9 Years Ago
      *sigh* one day...one day!!!
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