If you’ve watched Top Gear long enough, you’ve probably come to the realization that aside from the Toyota Hilux pickup and most Italian sports cars, Jeremy Clarkson isn’t a fan of many cars built outside of the United Kingdom.
While willing to overlook the faults of vehicles from his beloved Range Rover and Jaguar, Clarkson is hyper-critical of cars like the Porsche 911, and anything from the United States (except the Corvette ZR1 and the Ford GT).
One import that Clarkson isn’t critical of is the Bugatti Veyron, comparing its outrageous performance to that of the Concorde SST airliner, or the Saturn V rocket. Sadly, like the Concorde and Saturn V, the Veyron is likely to represent the pinnacle of automotive engineering, and it’s unlikely the world will ever see an equivalent vehicle.
As Clarkson puts it, “There is no longer a place in the world for a car that will, with a twist of the special extra key... consume a set of £10,000 ($15,948) tires in just 300 miles.”
Be that as it may, Bugatti still sells the Veyron Grand Sport and Grand Sport Vitesse models to anyone with the means to afford the $1.7 million price of admission. For the rest of us, there’s the Veyron configurator, which is a great way to waste time building up the Veyron Grand Sport you’ll buy, just as soon as you hit that Mega-Million lottery jackpot.