2010 Top Gear Awards: May’s Car of the Year
James examines the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, minus bodywork…
Posted: 12 Jan 2011
Look: the Veyron SS is thrilling. The acceleration is deliciously disturbing, like a fairground waltzer, and the mechanisms of gearbox, four-wheel drive, brakes, steering and everything else through which we communicate with a car are wonderful. Next to this, the standard Veyron GL seems a bit chintzy and, as my mother would say, ‘unnecessary'. This is the Veyron as the exasperated engineering department would have it, rather than the one the management wanted. It's tastefully austere and to the point, and superbly made.
Standing next to one, especially one in that hyper-limited orange and black World Record scheme, gives me a twinge in the guts that I associate with being a teenager. When I'm old and dribbling in an armchair, I'll remember driving the Veyron Super Sport, and it'll probably keep me alive a bit longer.