Introduced in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a baby compared to the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar E-Type, children of the 1960s. But it’s made up for lost time. Named the “Car of the Decade” by BBC’s Top Gear, the low-slung ride is named for Pierre Veyron, the French driver who won the 1939 24 hour Le Mans race in a Bugatti.
Thanks to its 8.0 liter, quad-turbocharged, 16 cylinder engine, the Veyron is the fastest street-legal production car in the world, with a top speed of 268 mph. To push the needle that far, the car needs to enter “top speed mode,” dropping its ground clearance from 4.9″ to a minuscule 2.6″. At that speed, just hope you don’t hit a pothole. Or a pebble.
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