Opinion – Why no 400km/h car is better than the Bugatti Veyron:

Hennessey and Koenigsegg fans might not like this, but the Bugatti Veyron is still the king.

This is going to get me some serious hate-mail, I know.  Hennessey and Koenigsegg fans in particular will be mailing me death threats after this, but neither the Venom GT, nor the Agera R, not even the One:1 is better than the Bugatti Veyron.

Yes, I said it.  The Bugatti Veyron is pretty much the bees knees in hyper car circles, and for good reason.  It came along and rewrote the rule book on what a car could do.  It shattered the 400km/h barrier with ease, lost its title and then regained it within no time at all with the Veyron SuperSport – a record still held by the Veyron SS in the Guiness Book of World Records.  Not only did it manage to set a speed record, but it did so in spectacular fashion, with an 8-litre, quad-turbo, 10 radiator, W16 engine.

The sheer lunacy of it was hard to comprehend at the time… and then John Hennessey came along with his mutated Lotus Elise, the Venom GT, and decided to try take the Bugatti’s record.  Hennessey failed – the Venom achieved a higher top speed (435.3km/h), but it only managed to do this on a single run, and didn’t do a reverse run in the opposite direction as stipulated in order to claim the record.  Also, a production car is classified as a vehicle of which more than 30 units have been built, the Hennessey hasn’t cracked that mark yet, whereas the Veyron SS was produced in a run of 30 units, and the standard Veyron in a run of 350, of which nearly all are spoken for with only a few left to be produced.

The Venom clocked a higher speed on a single run; no one can deny them that credit, and in the same vein, Swedish hypercar maker Koenigsegg also technically stand to compete for the record, as their Agera R and One:1 are technically capable of 440km/h.  But neither of the Koenigseggs have ever been tested in the real world, and the One:1 will only have 6 units built, ever.

Those machines are incredible; no one will ever deny them that.  They possess incredible power, ever better performance, and handling that is second to none.  Indeed, all 3 of those would likely outdo the Bugatti Veyron on almost any racetrack in the world.  They have been engineered to be the pinnacle of performance.

How do I get to say that the Veyron is better then?

Because the Veyron does it all in class, comfort and style.  The Bugatti Veyron was engineered by Volkswagen to be as reliable as any other VW product such as a Polo Vivo.  But it was simultaneously developed to be the fastest production car in the world, and yet it does both these things while being as comfortable as a Bentley Continental GT.

Yes, the Veyron may be a few km/h slower than an exotic Swedish megacar and a bonkers American rocket, but it’s capable of doing a daily commute as easily as it can breach 350km/h.  While the Venom GT and Agera R require the driver to make frequent visits to the chiropractor, the Bugatti is a grand tourer of epic comfort levels – a true GT car capable of cruising down toDurbanfor the weekend in sublime comfort and luxury.

The Veyron was never designed to be a stripped out race car, but rather a Grand Tourer of the highest degree.  By that token alone, it doesn’t stand to compete against the likes of the Venom and Agera – that’s like asking long distance runner to play rugby with the Springboks.

The successor to the Bugatti Veyron will look to surpass only the achievements made by the Veyron itself.  Rumoured to be a hybrid machine that could prove too fast to test, it’ll be as comfortable, as refined, and as luxurious than the Veyron, if not more so.  Hennessey will have the Venom F5 ready at around the same time to compete for the world record; and even though it may be a smidgen faster than the Bugatti, it will never be as comfortable nor luxurious.

Until someone can manage the luxury, comfort, and speed of the Veyron simultaneously, they’ll be forever competing in an entirely different realm to the Veyon.  They may be fast, but they’ll never be all-encompassing, and they’ll never rewrite the rulebook of opulent speed the way the Veyron did.

Long live the Bugatti Veyron, king of the hypercars.

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