With Halloween around the corner, CarGurus investigated some discontinued car models to find whether or not there were any “zombie cars” lurking around the website. Sure enough, we discovered that while most vehicles experience a drop-off in customer interest once they’ve been discontinued, some stick around, generating plenty of interest while haunting our listing pages.
When you’re on the hunt for a new car, certain details are likely at the top of your mind. All-wheel drive? Cargo space? How’s the color? Does the engine offer enough power? One detail few shoppers take the time to consider, however, is tires. Funny enough, you would think tires should be one of the most important items to check on. They connect you and your car to the road, after all.
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Typically we like to keep the conversation here focused on cars and advice that apply to the vast majority of car owners. Shopping for used cars, updates on popular new models and inquisitive pondering on the state of the auto industry are common fodder among these pages.
Every once in a while, though, we have to let our inner teenager out and marvel at the latest happenings in the supercar industry.
The odds of any of us acquiring one of the world’s most powerful supercars aren’t particularly good, but when a brand new car shows up on the scene to challenge everything we’ve known about powerful cars, we definitely take notice.
People who buy the Bugatti Veyron don’t buy it because of its 0-60 time. The Veyron is purchased because it’s an expression of ultimate extravagance. The Veyron is the best of the best, the creme de la creme, the most extreme example of a vehicle money can buy.
With costs over $2.5 million, a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds and a top speed upward of 250 miles per hour, the Veyron remains the ultimate supercar, accessible only to the very few who have bank accounts full enough to support the purchase price and the maintenance costs.
Those people who have plunked millions into their Veyrons expect to own the best and the fastest. They certainly don’t want to be upstaged by a “cheap” Nissan.
Sometimes champions are crowned through disqualification.
Shelby SuperCars set the record for the fastest production car in the world in 2007 with its Ultimate Aero on a public highway in Washington. On that historic run, the car hit an impressive top speed of 256.14 mph. The Ultimate Aero kept the title for 3 years, when a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport achieved a top speed of 267.8 mph.
Just this week, though, a discovery has brought down the mighty Veyron and, by default, gave the record back to SSC.
There’s a third player in the game now, too, which isn’t going to sit idly by and let its attempt at the speed record go unnoticed.
If there are limits to speed, the human race has yet to find them.
Ever-increasing top speeds are one thing, but what really throws our backs into the seat is vicious acceleration. The standard measure of how quickly a car accelerates, of course, is the time it takes to scoot from a stop to 60 miles per hour. Zero-to-60 times of under 5 or 6 seconds are considered pretty quick. Under 4 is hypercar territory. Under 3 belongs to the Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 911 Turbo S and Nissan GT-R, with special mentions for the Lamborghini Aventador, McLaren MP4-12C and Ferrari 458 Italia. Maybe.
With a few cars knocking on the door of 2 seconds flat, how long before a production car does the unthinkable and manages a supersonic 0-60 time of under 2 seconds? If it’s possible, and we know it is, Bugatti may be the first to prove it.
Do you have trouble keeping straight the seemingly endless stream of Bugatti Veyron versions? The more we hear of the Veyron’s impending demise, the more we hear about the next special edition rolling off the line in Molsheim.
The first edition of the Veyron debuted for the 2005 model year. That is now known as the Veyron 16.4, or “base” version, if you can call anything with 16 cylinders, 1,001 hp and a starting price of $1.7 million “base.” Since 2005, the Veyron has been produced in versions of varying performance and differing stages of ugliness. Those are:
If you thought your opportunity had passed to own a new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, you’re in luck. Though production has ended, it seems around 105 of the original run of 150 vehicles have not found homes.
The Grand Sport, to refresh your memory, is the topless version of the regular Veyron. In regular dress, the Grand Sport costs around $2 million, or about $300,000 more than the base coupe. For the extra coin, buyers get an extensively reinforced body with even more carbon-fiber panels, beefed-up composite doors, taller rollover-protection loops and stronger B-pillars. The car also comes with two roofs: one that looks and functions like an umbrella (don’t try to hit the 233-mph top speed with that in place) and a solid, single-piece, body-color cover that is easy to mount but impossible to stow. The Grand Sport also gets more aggressive daytime running lights, a rear-view camera and an upgraded Burmester sound system. Its 16-cylinder engine will accelerate the 4,339-pound Grand Sport from 0 to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds.
Even with all that, Bugatti struggles to unload its remaining inventory. So what’s the company to do?
Building the world’s fastest convertible is one thing. Building it to accommodate four brave passengers is something else.
The Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet has a top speed of 231 mph, making it the world’s fastest convertible. That speed would also be good enough to easily land it a spot in the top 10 fastest production cars in the world, between the McLaren F1 and Gumbert Apollo. (The Bugatti Veyron proudly sits atop the list, for now.)
A Mercedes-Benz vehicle, by itself, wouldn’t make the list, but when the speed freaks at Brabus get a hold of one, all hell breaks loose. Even by Brabus standards, this convertible is one crazy ride for four crazy people.
In the world of a true car enthusiast, rumors of a new supercar take precedence over anything else that might be happening that day. Pursuing a new love interest, browsing friends’ Facebook status updates, reading up on Snooki… suddenly none of it matters.
The Enzo ended production in 2004, just before the Veyron captivated the world in 2005. If Autocar is to be believed, the Veyron just may set the benchmark for whatever car Ferrari is planning to replace the Enzo.
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