• Apr 25, 2007

As far as supercars go, the Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari F40 share little in common. Both have engines mounted amidship, two seats, and one turbocharger for each cylinder bank. Both sat at the absolute pinnacle of performance in their respective times. But that's where the similarities end.

While the heavy Veyron powers all four wheels with a 1000-hp quad-turbo W16 engine through a 7-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic gearbox, the super-light F40 was driven through a conventional 6-speed manual by a twin-turbo 3-liter V8 to the rear wheels. The Veyron is one of the most complicated cars ever devised, let alone produced, while the F40 was a straight-forward and brutally simple instrument.

Which would you rather have, the cruise missile or the bullet? The video after the jump might not answer the hypothetical question for you, but it does make for an entertaining view with a soundtrack of pure engine sounds unadulterated by the usual techno soundtrack.

[Source: EVO magazine]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, worst video ever.
      • 7 Years Ago
      To #33: If the Veyron is already going 120, as you wrote, of course it can beat the McLaren to 200. But if you meant it the other way round, I believe the Veyron can *still* beat the F1. That's simply what an astonishing amount of induced air can do.

      To #30: By your rationale, then, classic vehicles like the McLaren F1 and Corvette ZR-1 are crap simply because they use engines from other manufacturers. The Zonda is a weirdo, yes, but there's no denying the sporting merit of an MB 7.3 V12, which is likely more powerful than just about anything Fangio piloted. Oh, and I believe von Koenigsegg got his start with a humble Ford V8 block.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The F40 has a charming simplicity about it (and Clarkson thinks so too!), and that's a big part of it's charm.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice view of the rear-view mirror in the Ferrari, too bad you can't see the road. What idiot set up the camera?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man, I sound stupid. ugh. beer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Along the lines of the topic...

      I'd take the Veyron. While neither of these is the best looking of the supercars, the amazing superlatives of the Bugatti would sway my choice. I never cared for the F40s lines - I much prefer the 288GTO. The interior of the Bugatti is like sitting in bespoke jewelry.
      And to those who say that the German offering was created without pride...do you seriously believe that those engineers don't go home every day glowing with the knowledge that they have created the most extraordinary car ever built?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Ferrari F40 has a 5 speed gearbox, not a 6 speed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone who WOULD take the Bugatti over the Ferrari should be shot. Blindfolded.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car with three foot pedals FTW! Seriously, for a personal vehicle I want a good old fashioned clutch. That 7-speed DSC-whatever in the veyron makes it less manly in my eyes. Yes I know F1 uses that technology but that doesn't count since none of us could ever drive one even at 5/10.


      To me, driving without a clutch is like having sex with a condom. I'll do it, but I know I'd have more fun the other way.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'd pic veryon over f40 and motorcycle.. keep in mind the germans who made the bugatti just wanted to see if they could do it..and well they did..they created a master piece. f40 is nice.. i wouldnt mind it either.. but interior is a little on the debatlable side.. bikes on the other hand..well thats a no.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Veyron makes me say wow with excitement...



      ...but the F40 makes me want to cry with joy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      F40 for me - the sound after the driver gunned it after leaving the intersection sent shivers down my spine. Coupling this with the complete lack of ABS, gearshift paddles and stability/traction control makes for a wonderful man/machine synergy.

      In comparison, the Veyron sounds bland. Having so many cylinders, litres and turbochargers, it would be a MASSIVE disappointment for the Veyron to be anything less than the world's fastest car in a straight line (for 15 minutes anyway, which is how long a full tank of fuel lasts at Vmax).

      Sorry, but the Veyron strikes me as a rich man's Mitsubishi 3000GT - massively fast but uninvolving.
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