The Bugatti Veyron boasts a quite extraordinary set of performance figures. After just 2.46sec its reaches 60mph, and barely a couple of seconds after that it bursts into three figures.
But the thing you’ll really struggle to get your head round, the statistic you’ll be boring your mates with for some years to come, is this. If a Veyron set off from a standing start 10 seconds after a McLaren F1 – in which time the F1 will already be travelling at 130mph - the Bugatti reaches 200mph at exactly the same time as the F1. Think about that.
This sledgehammer delivery is accompanied virtually no wheelspin whatsoever: the Veyron is four-wheel drive.
What there is is noise – a peculiar kind of signature that sounds a bit like two TVR Griffiths on full reheat plus an industrial-strength air hose, all at once. And to accompany this cacophony there is mind-bending, heart-stopping acceleration the like of which has never been felt before in a road car.
Roof off in the Grand Sport, you do get to enjoy the engine note even more, and as a result you feel connected to the car in a way that never happens in the coupe. It soars from 0-62mph in 2.7sec and on to a top speed of 253mph when the roof is in place.