Thursday, January 13, 2011

Car Style - The Bugatti Veyron

John Marine | 1/13/2011 06:56:00 PM | |
No car since the McLaren F1 has captivated quite like the Bugatti Veyron. Many people think this French supercar is the most incredible car ever. It is certainly the most fascinating car of the previous decade. However, I am not sold on saying the Veyron is better even with its stifling high speed. I saw a show on [a channel I rarely watch called] National Geographic with a show talking about the creation of the Veyron. I am not saying the Veyron is an overrated supercar. This car is immensely fascinating. When you read about this car and all that has gone into building just one of these million-dollar cars, you just become fascinated.

This blog post is another "Car Style" post regarding how I feel about the car's looks. Let's get crackin'!

--- Car Style: The Bugatti Veyron ---
Since 2005, the Veyron has done nothing but really captivate. The Veyron is offered in a two-tone color style, but there are a few single-color Veyrons out there too. It has permanent all-wheel drive. Therefore, you won't have to worry about pushing its performance too far to where you spin out. But also, it doesn't make a good rally car (like that dope down here in Southeast Texas that drowned his Bugatti who had a pelican fly low while he was on his cellular phone). The car is powered by an 8-liter W16 quad-turbocharged engine good for about 1,000 horsepower. Its top speed (for those who dare try) is an astonishing 253 mph (or 407 kph), especially from the Super Sport model. Gran Turismo 5 players dislike that this car isn't a Premium car. However, I am hearing that certain cars will be upgraded to Premium models. So hope is on the horizon for you! Whether you like this car or not, you can't help but be fascinated at just how powerful and fascinating it is. It's just tough to not be impressed with this car in ANY sort of way.


Bugatti Veyron exterior
^ from: - The Bugatti Veyron captivates on the outside and (especially) within.

Bugatti's Veyron is both a super-fast car as well as a good looker. It begins up front. The front tends to balance luxury and super sports car in its design. One would think that up front, this is a luxury car that is also somehow a supercar. The center grill piece should easily appease to old school car fans. That center grill piece is indicative of cars from the 1920s and 1930s. The headlights are quite stylish, offering a luxurious touch. The openings below the headlights also add to its charming style.

It's safe to say that the sides of the Veyron make it look like a true supercar. Even though it came a year after the Veyron, the Veyron's side profile reminds me of the Audi R8 road car, but with a little Porsche Carrera GT mixed in. The Veyron sports a lovely set of eleven-spoke wheels that really adds to the elegant charm of the car. Elegant fender flares help add some muscle to the sides while not being boastful. Up top, the roof is nothing special, until you see those two big scoops that feed air into that W-16 engine!

It is a luxurious car, but the rear gives you the impression it is a race car. It is certainly racy with the aggressive rear valance and the deployable rear wing at the back. The pair of brake lights on both sides are very sporty and racy. Adding to the aggressiveness are the two openings below the headlights and above the rear valance. The rear diffuser in the rear valance adds some more aggressive style to this already beastly car. People complain about the three-port exhaust on the Lexus LFA. Well, I wonder who argues with the single-port trapezoidal exhaust tip for a car this powerful and beastly. Apart from the racy bits, the "EB" logo (with the reverse "E") is elegantly displayed between the tail lights.


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A car that is luxurious on the inside couldn't disappoint on the inside. The Veyron is no disappointment. This car was not made for hauling around kids or groceries (though it can haul MUCH more than groceries), but you can bring someone else along to enjoy the ride. This car offers a luxurious interior. Perhaps not Bentley or Mercedes-Benz quality, but it is luxurious for a supercar. Its luxurious interior is not even to the classic level of the Spyker C8 Laviolette (which I did a "Car Style" blog post about long time ago). The Veyron is a left-hand drive car. Personally, I think the Veyron looks pretty boring from the inside. Don't get me wrong- all of the various appointments and designs are all very stylish. However, the dashboard could be made more exciting and more luxurious.

Regardless, the car boasts a lovely steering wheel and a stylish instrument panel. The center console is very unique and charming. But as a whole, the Veyron's interior just isn't as luxurious as the exterior. I would think that cars that are stylish on the outside should be equally stylish within. The interior is stylish, but not stylish enough to equally compliment the elegance of the car from the outside.

--- Bugatti Veyron = Overrated? (Bonus Section) ---
Many people feel the Bugatti Veyron is an overrated supercar. Those who feel it is overrated feel this way because it isn't a real driver's car. It seems more like a four-wheel drive drag race car rather than a true driver's car. Then again, it isn't like the Veyron could be piloted successfully by a 12-year old kid who loves playing arcade-type racing games. The Veyron is a car that costs almost $2M USD. For many people, paying that much for a car should mean you should have a car that completely embarrasses all others on the road. The Veyron is fast, unique, powerful, and phenomenal. However, it's not as much a character car like the McLaren F1. Even when the Enzo Ferrari was out, I still fancy the McLaren F1. I don't care if the F1 is more than 15 years old- the F1 is still immensely unique and powerful with its own charm. I even don't care if it gives up 300+ horsepower to the Veyron- the F1 is still the greatest car ever made. The Veyron is like a luxurious supercar more than a serious supercar that captures the imagination like any other.

I even said in a YouTube video from one of BrianZuk's videos (I greatly respect BrianZuk on YouTube) that I don't care if the McLaren F1 is immensely old- I'd still rather have a McLaren F1 than a Veyron. I'd even take a McLaren over the Enzo Ferrari because I never really been connected to the Enzo Ferrari. The McLaren F1 injects more character and more personality than the Veyron. It is more of a real super sports car than the Veyron will ever be. Even 4WD Lamborghinis have more soul and personality than the Bugatti Veyron.

So if you think the Veyron is an overrated supercar, you're probably not the only one. Despite this, there is no denying the awesome appeal of the Veyron and its amazing creation and performance capabilities. It goes very fast and is very stylish. But as a whole, can you honestly and truly put this car above either the F1 or the Enzo Ferrari? No- read the phrase again: AS A WHOLE? The total package just doesn't stifle as much as even the best driver's supercars. The Veyron just doesn't scream a total package supercar to me when compared to the likes of the F1 or Enzo Ferrari. It still, however, doesn't take away from the fact this car is an amazing machine worthy of the praise and fascination it gets.

Bugatti still deserves credit for making such an amazing car. I forgot to mention that this car is the successor to the Bugatti EB110 of the '90s. This car still moves you even while standing still. Revel in its presence when standing near one. You can learn more about the Bugatti Veyron (or build your own Bugatti Veyron if you have [all] the money to buy one) by visiting the website for the Bugatti Veyron (French and German offered for this site as well).

Just one recommendation to anyone who somehow owns a Bugatti Veyron- DO NOT, and I repeat- DO NOT do THIS to your Veyron (warning: bad language):

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