You’d have to be Bruce Wayne to afford this bat-out-of-hell-mobile, but this baby actually exists (New York Times free registration required to view link). It’s the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, and if you’ve got a million bucks under your sofa cushions, and an excellent relationship with your local Highway Patrol, this is the car for you.
Go to the link for a picture and full driving report, but here are a few numbers:
1,001 — (horsepower)
16 — (cylinders)
7 — (speeds, automatic)
10 — (radiators)
18 — (mpg, highway)
9 — (mpg, city)
2.5 — (seconds to go from 0 to 60)
7.3 — (seconds to go from 0 to 125)
55.6 — (seconds to go from 0 to 253)
12 — (minutes it takes to empty the gas tank at top speed)
1.2 million — (dollars to drive one home – taxes not included)
And, like the Batmobile, it has certain special features:
The car’s everyday top speed of 234 m.p.h. is enough to make it a king of the road. To be the performance emperor, though, the driver must resort to a second ignition key to the left of his seat.
The key functions only when the vehicle is at a stop. A checklist then establishes whether the car – and its driver – are ready to go for the maximum speed beyond 250 m.p.h. If all systems are go, the rear spoiler retracts, the front air diffusers close and the ground clearance, normally 4.9 inches, drops to 2.6 inches.
And no, MD, we’re not getting one.