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2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is powered by an 8-liter, 16-cylinder engine that produces some 1,000 horsepower and 950 foot-pounds of torque, delivering 0-188 mph in 14 seconds.

Published: 28-Dec-2005

What can you say about a car that goes from 0 to 60 mph in under 2.5 seconds, has a top speed of 250 mph, and costs about $1.25 million?

Welcome to the rarefied world of the 2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4: the new supercar. Powered by an 8-liter, 16-cylinder engine, set behind the two seats, the four-wheel-drive monster produces some 1,000 horsepower and 950 foot-pounds of torque. That will take you from 0 to 188 mph in 14 seconds -- about the same as a Formula One race car!

Superlatives hardly capture this Volkswagen-owned namesake of what some call the finest race cars ever made (in the early 20th Century, by Ettore Bugatti). The most expensive road car ever produced, the Bugatti Veyron has a semi-automatic seven-speed gearbox that can be switched electronically to produce a seamless stream of mind-warping power. Michelin custom-built the tires to handle the acceleration, while the carbon-ceramic brakes take the car from 250 mph to 0 in 10 seconds.

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