£1,400,000 Price range
For some people life is full of problems. For them, life is a series of trials and woes that badger them constantly, leaving them restless and unsettled. Take, for example, the owner of a Bugatti Veyron for whom the standard car is lacklustre, cramped, and too common. What can he do?
Well, he could buy a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, the convertible version that costs a cool £1.5million. It’s very fast and exclusive, of course, but is it worth £600,000 more than the coupe?
The interior is simple but exquisite. Everything is beautifully crafted from leather, machine-turned alloy, or carbon fibre and it looks fantastic.
The dashboard is dominated by a massive rev counter, which is probably the only part of the interior that you’ll ever see when you’re driving it! It’s secure, comfortable, and feels bigger than you’d imagine.
The Grand Sport has slightly softer damping than the coupe, and rides better as a result; some also say that it gives better feedback too.
This is no boulevard cruiser though; it is still capable of getting from A to B faster than most drivers can imagine – indeed, the biggest problem in driving it fast is that it is almost impossible to keep up with the speed at which things are happening in there. Unless you are an ex-F1 driver, which you aren’t.
The Grand Sport comes with a temporary carbon fibre ‘umbrella’ roof that looks just like an, er, umbrella. It provides cover at speeds of up to 99mph – after that you just get wet!
The 1,000bhp 16-cylinder, eight-litre, quad-turbo engine rumbles, roars, and generally sounds as awesome as you’d expect. It hits 62mph in 2.7 seconds, passes 124mph in third after just 7.3 seconds, and goes on to reach an incredible 253mph, reduced to ‘only’ 223mph when the roof is removed.
The lack of a roof lets you feel more connected to the car according to the experts, and adds an extra dimension to the whole experience. It is, according to one motoring journalist, “mind-alteringly fast”.
Value for money
Don’t be daft…
It’s daft, mad, and gloriously wanton. No one, I repeat, no one actually needs a standard Veyron, much less one that costs as much as the Grand Sport.
Having said that, it makes rivals like the Ferrari 458 Spider and Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder look positively boring. If you have to have the best, fastest, most expensive car in the world then this is it.