Bugatti Veyron Price - Dr Evil Would Be Proud
The Bugatti Veyron was recently showcased on National Geographic as being one of the baddest, most expensive cars you can buy. How expensive? Many people will gasp when they read what the Bugatti Veryon sticker price is...Let's just say that Dr. Evil would have been pleased if he could have one in place of destroying the world...how does One...MILLION dollars sound?
The Veyron is indeed a best, with over 1000 horsepower and a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds. What more could you ask for with such a small amount of money? Small for Bill Gates perhaps. The funny thing is that the car was engineered and built by the people who brought you the cute little Volkswagen Beetle. My friend had a 1964 Beetle, and let me tell you, we were lucky if that car would even make it up to 45 mph, let alone 60. In fact, if we hit 60, we were more than likely heading down the mountains of Southwestern Pennsylvania with no brakes.
The odd thing about this car is that I think it is awesome, but looking at it more, my gosh, did somebody crash this thing into the ugly stick forest? I think those who find this car beautiful are just blinded by the beauty of its performance. I guess kinda like people who think Madonna is really hot looking, but really they are just impressed by her performance...wait, I don't think that came out right.
But, in the spirit of bad choice of words, irregardless, the car happens to be a favorite to many and will most certainly be the poster replacement of Bo Derrick, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, and the Lamborghini Countach of the 1970's.
Feast for car lovers hits the city
Car enthusiasts are in for a treat with some of the world's best and most expensive cars at the Auto China 2010 exhibition.
The show, which opened at the new China International Exhibition Center on Friday, run until May 2.
The newest vehicles from around the world are on show, giving buyers of the ever-growing elite car market an eyeful.
Some of Europe's top luxury carmakers will make their presence felt, with exhibits that will make the enthusiast's mouth water.
About the most expensive car at the show will be the 736-kilowatt Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, which has a price tag of 13.4 million yuan. The Veyron is powered by a W16 engine that can power the car to more than 400 km/h and accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds.
But there will be cheaper cars on show, including the latest Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Ferrari 458 Italia. Each will sell for about 4 million yuan. And if your budget can't quite stretch to that, there will be the Porsche 911 Turbo S, Bentley Continental Suportsport and the Maserati GranCabrio, all estimated to cost around the 3 million mark.
Sales of luxury marques such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley had a year-on-year growth of 208 percent, said Guo Yong, director of the information center of Yayuncun Auto Market.
Last month, more than 200 luxury cars were sold from the dealers - the biggest auto market in Beijing - including 52 Mercedes-Benz S-class, 40 BMW 7-series and 56 Audi Q7 and Q5 SUVs. In addition, 73 Porsches were sold.
Cars that are energy saving and emit lower levels of carbon are getting increasingly popular, he said.
"Diesel vehicles are gradually being accepted by the market, and imported diesel cars such as the Volkswagan Touareg 3.0TDI, Audi Q7 3.0TDI and Land Rover Freelander 2.2L have sold very well," he said.
Statistics from Ernst & Young Consulting show that the high-end car market in China will keep increasing by 10 percent every year.
Sales of high-end Audis in China now make up 20 percent of the company's global sales.
In the first quarter of 2010, Audi sold 51,449 cars in China, an increase of 77 percent over the same period last year.
Li Dan, auto analyst of China Galaxy Securities Research, said luxury car sales "depend more on the increasing wealth of the customers".
"Since the start of the year, many people accumulated wealth quite easily due to the expanding real estate industry and have become willing to spend more on replacing their cars," Li said.
The China Luxury Goods Consumption Report, prepared by Nankai University, show that luxury goods consumers are different from their Western counterparts.
In China, more consumers buy luxury goods to show off, and to express their social status, but in Western countries, the rich buy show their personal preference.
Ji Sensen is such the Chinese elite. Ji, 42, recently spent three million yuan on a Mercedes-Benz S600.
"I bought it because I love the brand; but more importantly, it is a symbol of my financial strength," he said. "After I bought this car, my business did better than before."
Tonight: National Geographic Airs Two Hours Of Hot, Supercar Action
Apart from a certain well-known football program, Monday isn't usually a great night for television. But tonight that may change, as the National Geographic Channel delves deep inside the secret world of luxury automobiles for two steamy hours of engineer-on-car action. Added bonus: the cars in question are the Audi R8 and the Bugatti Veyron. Not twins, but cousins at least -- if you're into that sort of thing.
The first of the two shows is technically a repeat, but it only debuted a month or so ago, so it's still fairly fresh. It features the Veyron as part of National Geographic Channel's Man Made series, in an episode unimaginatively but accurately called, "Bugatti Super Car". Nat Geo took their battery of high-end cameras to Alsace, France to show how the Veyron is made, from tip to tail. Over the course of an hour, the team does a good job of explaining the marvels behind Bugatti engineering that help push the Veyron's sticker price to $1,750,000. They also explain why ordinary stuff like fuel economy doesn't matter (in fact, can't matter) when you're talking about a car capable of 250+ mph and packing nearly 1000 bhp. If you missed this show the first time around, here's the opening segment:
The second show is a premiere, centered on the current darling of the supercar and entertainment worlds, the Audi R8. Ultimate Factories: Audi can seem a little smarmy and over-the-top at times -- but then, that's probably to be expected from the channel that's made an entire TV series about cutting things in half. (That said, this Wednesday's Cut It In Half: Airplane is already on our Tivo queue.)
Despite the razzle-dazzle, the Nat Geo team has put together an engaging episode that explains the R8 in ample detail to hold the attention of enth