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.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Editor-at-large
Its unlikely the Autocar records set by the Super Sport will ever be beaten

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.

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Take the roof off, and that top speed reduces to ‘just’ 223mph. Needless to say, it is sensational either way. Although if that's still not enough, the Grand Sport Vitesse adds another 2mph to the v-max and cuts the 0-62 by 0.1sec, making it that fastest convertible in the world.

The Veyron Super Sport, put simply, is no less than the fastest car we’ve tested. By a very long way indeed. At a stroke, it broke every single speed record we’ve ever kept.

Indeed, it’s the first and only car that we’ve measured up to 220mph, a speed it reaches in just a whisker over 30 seconds.

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