2010 Top Gear Awards: May’s Car of the Year
James examines the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, minus bodywork…
Posted: 12 Jan 2011
The extra 200bhp it enjoys over the standard car is also the result of using the air and - a related science, this - attending to gasflow. The engine's internals are no different; it's been achieved by fiddling with turbos, intercoolers and the exhaust. So in effect it was there all along, which bodes well for the current output of 1.2-litre four-pot petrol engines.
Obviously, a top-fuel dragster can accelerate faster than a Veyron, which makes all this posturing seem misplaced. But a dragster usually has to be serviced after half-a-minute's use, whereas the Bugatti can be serviced like a normal car. Achieving that combination of performance and durability must surely have some sort of beneficial impact on my brother's new Golf.