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Bugatti Veyron

By: Eric J. Leech

For its speed, horsepower, and price tag, the Bugatti wins hands down as one of the greatest sports cars ever known. Like the McLaren, the Veyron began life as nothing more than a chassis and an engine. Once everything was in place and functioning like clockwork, a cover was merely placed over top to protect the driver from getting too many bugs in his teeth. So in a sense the definition of Bugatti has little to do with the actual design and shape of the car, and everything to do with its 8.0 liter, 1010 horsepower, 64-valve, quad turbo charged W-16 engine.

To reach 1,000 horsepower in a road-worthy production car is no easy task. There are a lot of things to consider such as size, weight, reliability, and heat. The Veyron finds its way around this dilemma by combining two relatively compact V-8 engines (hence the W reference), allowing them to share the same camshaft, and surrounding them with an arrangement of 4 turbo-chargers (18 PSI). This combination allows the 8.0-liter to practically double its horsepower potential.

Cost Factor: Anywhere from $1.5 million and up.

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