2010 Top Gear Awards: May’s Car of the Year
James examines the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, minus bodywork…
Posted: 12 Jan 2011
What is outright speed anyway? It's not in itself much of a sensation. On an airliner, you might be covering the ground below at 600mph, but you don't cling onto the seat screaming deliriously with the thrill of it.
Now 60mph in 2.5 seconds - there's a figure to give us the fizz. Acceleration is what makes cars exciting, either in a straight line or barrelling through corners. But now we have the Ariel Atom V8, which might be slower at the top end by the best part of 100mph, but is just as quick where it matters in the real world. That ‘car' - it may not actually qualify as one - is seen as expensive by some at £150,000, but at a tenth of the Bugatti's price, it might actually be a bargain.