• Jun 29th 2006 at 9:51AM
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Britain's Autocar magazine recently gathered a formidable roster of supercars (and one of the greatest sportbikes ever produced) for its annual 0-100-0 showdown.

The winner of the gathering was the Bugatti Veyron, which continues to walk the walk like no supercar before it. Consider the breakdown of the Veyron's performance:
  • 0-60: 2.8 seconds (!)
  • 0-100: 5.5 seconds (double-!)
By the time the car came to a stop, 9.9 seconds had elapsed.

That is insane.

The Veyron weighs 4,100 pounds. This kind of performance should not be remotely possible. But it is -- and the Veyron carries its passengers in unapologetically luxurious surroundings to boot. This isn't a stripped out Ariel Atom (3rd place) or a Lotus 340R. This is a luxury machine that happens to be able to make the jump to hyperspace regardless of whether or not Chewbacca is riding shotgun. For heaven's sake, it beat a Suzuki GSXR-1000 (2nd place) . A Gixxer 1000! Good grief.

It is astonishing in every respect. Some are going to come out and say that other cars on the list after the jump are almost as fast for a tiny fraction of the Veyron's cost.


But none of those cars have the presence of the Veyron. It is the ultimate showstopper. It breaks all ties. It is worth every single penny.

(Pics, press release, competition results all after the jump)

[Source: Autocar]
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Press Release:

Triumph for Bugatti Veyron

The Bugatti Veyron has wiped the floor with the opposition in Autocar's annual 0-100-0mph contest, featured in the current issue of the world's oldest car magazine, even managing to beat a Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike.

Featuring 25 of the world's fastest cars, from the 14th placed £79,995 Aston Martin V8 Vantage to the second-placed £34,995 Ariel Atom, the shoot-out pitches the cars against each other in a straight fight to see which is the fastest to 100mph. There's more to it than just outright speed though – slowing from 100mph to a dead halt is just as important.

The Veyron, with its 987bhp 16-cylinder engine, wasn't necessarily the favourite to win. "A low weight tends to be the key to a good 0-100-0mph car," said Autocar's road test editor Adam Towler. "Cars like the Ariel Atom and Caterham Superlight historically dominate this contest."

But the 1890kg £880,000 Bugatti ripped through the gears to hit 60mph in 2.8sec and 100mph in an astonishing 5.5sec. It then stopped in just 3.4sec, giving a 0-100-0mph time of 9.9sec.

Not only is the Bugatti faster than the Suzuki, it creates more g-force at maximum acceleration than you'd experience in an F-16 jet fighter at take off or when skydiving.

But the lightweights still turned in an impressive performance, from the relatively unknown £32k Brooke Double R in fourth place to the £35k Ariel Atom 300 in second.

"Although the Veyron is undoubtedly the quickest road car ever, you can still have nearly as much fun for much less money," said Adam Towler. "It's good to see British sports cars doing so well against such an impressive machine as the Bugatti."

Autocar also brought along an A1 GP car, driven by Brit Robbie Kerr, to see how a purpose-built race car would compare with road-going machinery. The 550bhp single seater weighs just 695kg, and proved to be the fastest vehicle on the day with a 0-100-0mph time of 8.4sec.

Competing Cars        0-100-0 Time (seconds)   

A1 GP            8.40

Bugatti Veyron         9.90

Suzuki GSX-R1000    10.70

Ariel Atom S'Charged    11.00

Ariel Atom 450        11.05

Atom Private Owned    11.05

Caterham CSR260        11.95

Brooke Double R        12.50

Porsche 911 Turbo    12.50

Ford Focus WRC        13.57

Lambo Gallardo        13.65

Ascari KZ1        13.80

Corvette Z06        13.80

Alpina B6        14.80

BMW M6            14.95

TVR Tuscan 2        15.00

BMW M5            15.20

Audi RS4        15.80

Aston V8 Vantage    15.81

BMW Z4M Roadster    15.95

Porsche Cayman S    16.46

Lotus Exige S        16.60

Nissan 350Z        18.80

Vauxhall Astra Sprint    18.85

Vauxhall Astra VXR    19.05

Renault Megane F1    20.55

Mazda 6MPS        21.00

Ford Focus ST        21.35

Vauxhall Vectra VXR    22.35

Vauxhall Astra Thurlby    22.65

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Its stupid. Why pay over a million dollars to go 0-100 in 5.5 seconds when it's illegal any way. so actually if u buy this car for over a million, lets say 1.5 million and u use its ability to go that fast its gonna cost a lot more than 1.5 million. if u dont use the 0-100 in 5.5 sec than why buy it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Take it from a woman with a great body who has a period, who may or may not be high maintenance, but at least knows how to get off (and so many men still haven't figured that one out, sorry but true) - the Bugatti beats anything.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Beat you, chadzter! :D
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Bugatti is an engineering and technology exercise...keeping it simple is the polar opposite of the goal at hand.

      You can drive the Bugatti for 10 hours like a GT and be entirely comfortable, the Ultima just isn't like that. It's an engine with a bunch of lightweight parts somewhat attached to it as a performance platform.

      Look at the interior for example:


      Now look at the Bugatti:


      The Ultima isn't really a supercar, it's a track-based kit-car that's done the minimum to be streel legal. Apples and oranges.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Comparing a Veyron to an Ultima is like comparing Jessica Alba to a crack-addicted prostitute. Who would you rather spend a weekend with?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Who would I rather spend a week with, Ultima GTR or Veyron? I drove both and... Definitely the Ultima GTR. :-) More luggage space despite being faster than the Veyron, and has AirConditioning, GPS, and a stereo...all I need for "street comforts". If you need more, then I think you're missing the purpose of both the Ultima and Veyron: Although different from one another in many ways, the goal they share is "street-legal speed". It's like comparing a courtesan who charges less, to an AIDS-ridden streetwalker who charges you 10 times more! ;-)
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's seeing/reading about cars like they Veyron that make life great. I mean, the thought of them just makes you smile and laugh...awesome beyond comprehension.
      • 9 Years Ago
      These are VERY impressive times, especially when you consider if you dropped a Veyron out of a helicopter 309 feet above the ground, it would take a little under 5 seconds (4.65, to be exact) for it to accelerate to 100mph and then decelerate back to 0, assuming it doesn't bounce :)

      *OK, I'm ALSO assuming the car falls in a vacuum, gravity is a constant 9.81 m/s/s, the ground is non-deformable, AND you have some sort of magical helicopter that can fly in a vacuum. Also, I assume you would be insane enough to attempt such an irresponsible, reckless stunt with such a valuable vehicle. Stefan Eriksson, I'm looking at YOU.
      • 9 Years Ago
      All the Veyron proves is that "He who spends the most money wins." as the old drag racing adage goes. With enough money you can make anything fast, anything corner harder, etc etc. This car is a showoff of like 5 years of engineering and design on VW part. Good job cult of VW. This car would be more impressive if it had not been delayed 2 or 3 different times.

      When it comes down to it you will see fewer Ultimas on the road then Veyrons. (unless your go to an ultima carshow or something). The Ultima will be way cheaper to fix, and you will be able to service it at more places. The Ultima is still faster 0-100-0 then the Veyron, and give the Ultima 1000 hp and it will get the Veyron more then it does already.

      If you want to begin comparing women and cars, jessica alba, you just start out in the wrong. When it comes down to it, you want a girl who can be hot naturally but who is understated and low maintanence. A girl who is fast and can thrill, and will always be a thrill. The Ultima is that women.

      You most remember and this is important, Jessica Alba is just a women. At the end of the day she still has a period and will get mad, and yell, all the things that your current women does(if you have a woman). So who cares?!?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not being funny but people are completely missing the point of the Bugatti Veyron. You dont even need to like cars to appreciate this machine. Its not just some high speed straight line monster machine which cannot handle corners and is merely a racing shell with 1000 hps in it. Yes the ultima is awesome and is quicker accelerating than the veyron, but there will probably be something else built that will surpass the ultima, and then something else again, anybody can make a car go faster than the current fastest by simply adding more power!

        The Bugatti though is an engineering phenomenon, because not only is it blistering quick and capable of speeds of over 400Kmh but it also manages to be one the most luxurious and comfortable cars in the world, it can be driven everyday (by my granny), its breaking system is even more impressive than its speed and its handling is second to none. And when you consider what the Veyron is burdened with i.e. all its luxurious components and the amount it weighs, it is clear to see that there is no other automobile in the world from the past, present and probably future that even comes close to its ingenious engineering accomplishments. Its a concorde moment of automobile history that will not be surpassed for a very long time.

        And frankly not to say the ultima isnt awesome, but if a veyron and an ultima were parked up or passing by I would bet any money the bugatti would get a lot more attention because it has become such an iconic automobile and piece of engineering.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What's amazing to me is that the Ultima beat the Veyron with 350 LESS horsepower, and without the benefit of AWD, traction control or ABS. I think there is something to be said for keeping it simple.
      • 9 Years Ago
      So, my favorite part is the part where you show up in your Lambo Gallardo (or Beemer or Aston) and get your ass handed to you by a friggin Focus.....

      That's gotta hurt.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'd like VW to loan me one...

      So I could race it on the show "pinks." I think it'd make for great tv if the title of a Veyron was on the line.
      • 9 Years Ago
      That Veyron is something special. Too bad this test was only 0-100-0 and didn't include any track work.

      Still, for the money you can't beat a bike. 2nd only to a 1000hp uber rare supercar (and the Ultima).

      $10,000 Liter bike > $1,000,000 Bugatti supercar!
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