• Jan 25, 2010
Jay Leno holding court in his personal Bugatti museum – click above to watch the video

Remember last week's Conan O'Brien stunt where he decided that the best way to get even with NBC for forcing him out of his dream job was to create insanely expensive bits? He dressed a Bugatti Veyron up as a mouse and played some heavily copywritten Rolling Stones. Total purported price tag: $1.5 million dollars.

But see, Conan's not really a car guy. A real car guy would have known that if the plan was to soak NBC for as much green as possible, some plain-old closed top Veyron ain't going to cut it. A real car guy would have got his hands on the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport and its staggering $2.25 million asking price. Have you met Jay Leno?

That's right, the once and future king of late night television gets his denim-clad paws all over Bugattis' latest and greatest. And – being Jay Leno – he talks about the Grand Sport in the Bugatti wing of his Big Dog Garage. Literally, the Bugatti wing. Jay is also joined by Bugatti's North American Marketing Manager John Hill as well as Veyron hot shoe and former F1 driver Pierre-Henri Raphanel. The latter of which takes Jay for a little ride (ahem) around the quiet streets of Burbank.

For his part, Jay seems extra giddy during this week's episode, as if the Veyron Grand Sport and its removable top have actually tickled and excited him. True, Jay makes a couple of verbal typos, like saying that the Veyron's W16 engine displaces 16.4-liters (it displaces 8.0-liters), but we can forgive him. After all, how cool, calm and composed would you be standing next to a roadster that can hit 253 mph? (That's with the top on, the Grand Sport can "only" hit 217 mph sans roof). Make the jump to watch the video.

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      All the fancy cars in the world still can't make him funny.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've said it before and I'll say it again: he should ditch comedy and get a car show. This is far more entertaining than his comedy bits and its something he really cares about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, but he's got a chin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So when does he get the Lexus LFA
      • 4 Years Ago
      I used to work with John Hill at VW in Auburn Hills. Great person. I kept looking at the photo without reading the article and thinking that's John Hill.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a Mouse Edition?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Leno and Conan: the war of Bugattis.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't even have a car
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jay should've known that 16.4 means it's a 4 cylinder engine with 16 turbos attached to it! (sarcasm)
        • 4 Years Ago
        He definitely does know. He mentions that it is 8 Liters twice in the video before he flubs it and says 16 L.

        He is just excited and talking off the cuff. I imagine most people with a camera on them would make even more mistakes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Bugatti Veyron Mouse would own this any day!
        • 4 Years Ago
        He probably does know, I heard he's a confirmed dyslexic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jay Leno is not a car guy. He is a guy with a lot of money, and guy's in their natural state like cars, but you must have a special appreciation for cars to be a car guy. Jay Leno does not, he's a guy with enough money to buy a lot of cool cars. I am obviously overcome with jealously on the subject. However i'm tired of hearing Jay brag about all of his cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you watch his other car videos, and the way he talks about them, you would know he is definitely a car guy. He just happens to be a car guy with A LOT of money.

        @Tim, he knows how to pronounce it, hes said it before in a different video but he basically said that hes going to say it how he wants to
        • 4 Years Ago
        You don't think Jay Leno has a special appreciation for cars? Doesn't he employ a full time steam mechanic? You think he's just a brand snob or something? Unlikely.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @WRXian - come to one of the big LA GTG's and meet Jay, he's a great guy. If you've still got the same jilted, ridiculous perception of him, I'll be quite surprised.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great review, great car, very nice rolling shots. I wasn't sold on the GS until seeing those rolling shots, much better than the regular veyron!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jay Leno being Jay Leno again.
      Leno can never let anyone else have anything of their own.
      Conan does a bit with a Bugatti Veyron, so Leno has to now try to upstage him.
      Can't Leno just retire like he said he would?
      cshsia
      • 4 Years Ago
      You're saying Conan's not a car guy? the man drives the original SHO~!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fastest car in the world? Isn't the Ultimate Aero SSC faster?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Only one of two UA models can reach above 250 mph, the rest is no more powerful than the Viper. Overlooked is the fact those fastest model used racing fuel and the company has never sent Ultimate Aero on any car magazine. Also sales has never exceeded 20. SSC had their chance but missed it.

        Veyron made SSC Aero looks like a toy (nothing more than a glorified Diablo kit).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe they finally revoked that record -- as they should. The record is for the fastest PRODUCTION car in the world, not the fastest one-off car in the world. Has SSC even sold any of their Ultimate Aero yet? I can't find any sales numbers.

        Even Bugatti and McLaren have always been considered to be a bit tenuous in claiming they've held the record; there were only around 100 F1s made, and over 20 of them were for racing. The Veyron, obviously, has a limited run of 300.

        They should really revise the rules for 'fastest production car' so there's a minimum production run that companies have to meet.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Ultimate Aero is junk, made by the same company that used to make Diablo replicas.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JGoh - no. Which is why the bugatti folks enjoy laughing it off. "give us a call when they actually sell you one" has been their response since the record was broken. Comparing the two is ridiculous. I've sat in both (gumball ftw), there is no comparison.
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