At some point, someone is going to have to hand the minds at Bugatti a physics book and tell them to settle down. Automobile reports the monarch of the Volkswagen stable is out to eclipse its own ludicrous performance threshold by building a new Super Veyron capable of snapping to 60 mph in 1.8 seconds. How? The company plans to shove even more carbon fiber at the ultracar while also turning up the horsepower. Rumor has it the machine will boast either an 8.0- or 9.6-liter W16 engine good for 1,
Veyron Super Sport
The last time we visited the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, CA, it was to see the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, which was the world's most expensive car at the time with an estimated purchase price of $30-$40 million. Nearly two years later we found ourselves back in the museum, this time to view the world's fastest car – the 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record Edition.
The December 2005 issue of Australian motoring mag Wheels said the Bugatti Veyron lapped the Nürbugring in 7:40 in traffic. In the intervening years, depending on which list you consult, that particular time would leave the Veyron behind as few as 11 or as many as 38 other cars. Bugatti was quiet about it, but the company is quiet about almost everything that doesn't involve a new special edition or straight-line speed.
If there's anything the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport doesn't need, it's more power, right? After all, it's 1,001 horsepower is sufficient to push the convertible to speeds of 224 miles per hour with the top removed, or an astonishing 252 mph with the polycarbonate hard top firmly affixed above the occupants heads. Fast enough, right?
Jay Leno has an entire wing of his garage devoted to vehicles built by Bugatti. It's no surprise, then, that Bugatti has arrived to give Jay an up-close look at the latest super stallion in the stable. The Veyron Super Sport has landed in Burbank, and Leno spends some quality time with the mean blue machine. Leno spends time chatting with Bugatti's American marketing director John Hill before hitting the roads of Southern California.
Last week, we told you that the Top Gear crew was smirking about having some sort of involvement in the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's land speed record. And while it was easy for us to chalk it up as simple Top Gear embellishment (they did take credit for the erupting Icelandic volcano, remember), it appears that the TG team – James May, specifically – had a pretty big part in all of this record-setting madness. Apparently he wasn't the 267.81-mph record-setting driver, but Captain Sl