The story goes that back in the late Nineties VW boss Ferdinand Piech decided his empire was going to build the world’s fastest, most powerful supercar. Only he didn’t know what badge it was going to have. The Big Man eventually settled on Bugatti, but not after running a 16-cylinder uber-Bentley past the baying masses at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show.
Named for the Circuit de la Sarthe’s Hunaudières straight, the mid-engined Bentley concept was based on a Lamborghini Diablo (VW had acquired Bentley, Bugatti and Lambo in 1998). Its nat-asp 8.0-litre W16 was apparently good for 623bhp, 561lb ft and some 217mph – deeply impressive numbers for the Nineties. It even had a five-speed manual gearbox. Would you have rather had this instead of the Veyron?