How is the V(W)eyron a technological marvel, as some have posted?
4wd? It's been used for years. Active aerodynamics? Ditto. Carbonfibre? Have a guess. Turbos? Turbozzzzz, more like.
It does bring a lot of existing tech into one spot, but it doesn't advance the art of the super sports car one bit.
Nothing about it is original. Nothing about it is advanced.
No need at all for it to weigh 2 tonnes - just think how much better it'd drive if it weighed even 300 kgs less!
Oh, the irony: remember that Ettore Bugatti used to call Bentleys "the World's fastest lorries"
It's a technical marvel because they produced a road car that passes all safety and emissions standards, with 1000bhp yet can still give you a proper warranty on it and it's comfortable too.
You find another car that can be all those things at once and I'll be impressed....
I love the look of it. Also on the point of Skylines et al having 1000bhp, fine stick it on a dyno and you'll get some nice figures but it's not designed from the ground up to be a 1000bhp car like the Veyron has, also from what I've seen of those Jap powerhouses they're all stripped out track style, where the Veyron looks as comfortable as any executive car you care to name.
...because of this! When a car rolls out of the factory it has been set up to work as-is. You can modify for all the power in the world if you want but the more power you gain the more drive-ability you lose, it's a compromise, not a gift. These Skylines and Supras etc that can be modified to produce up to 2000bhp in some cases only work on a drag strip, are so non road legal it's funny and have to be rebuilt completely after every run.
A Veyron will do the same job on a drag strip but you can drive it there and back in comfort (not sat on the back of a dirty trailer) and you only service it at regular intervals.
I knew the Veyron wouldn't even come close to coming first around the Top Gear track and I was glad; it got all of the ignorant wannabe fans off the bandwagon of "loving" it because it is/was the fastest production car, beaten and then re-claimed title via the SS version (why the Germans gave anything the initials SS in modern times is beyond me! Lol.) to leave the admiration to the people that actually understand what it is.
It isn't maths, it isn't a drag racer nor is it a track monster. They didn't build a car with more cylinders than a 6 year old's "maths" lesson and enough radiators to save some OAPs from dying this winter (thanks Mr Osbourne!) because they felt there was a gap in the market, or to please anyone who knows a guy who owns a dyno and "had this awesome Supra in this one time that blew up 3 weeks later but still...". They built it because they could! Noone thought they could but they did it anyway.
(and normally I'll gladly give phallic supercars seriously uncool ratings because they say only one thing about the driver, the Veyron says something else you won't get with ANY other car).