The Bugatti Veyron is a $1.25 million 1,000-horsepower supercar, with no discernible socially redeemable value. Even getting it serviced costs $22,000. Since the pleasures it offers are best experienced at speeds well north of the legal limit, it is duty-bound to outrage society. It is for that reason that I get a certain grim satisfaction out of this video of a distracted Veyron owner inadvertently taking his car (one of only 15 in the U.S.) for a dip in a Texas salt marsh.
Gordon Murray — who designed yet another absurdly expensive supercar, the McLaren F1 — described the 16-cylinder, quad-turbocharged Veyron as “the most pointless exercise on the planet” and called the company “incredibly childish” for focusing maniacally on top speed (one reached 253 mph). Murray isn’t the best one to call the kettle black, for his own car burns fuel almost as rapidly as the Veyron’s 9.7 mpg around town (and 11.7 on the highway).
I’m not sure which model Veyron discovered its inner amphibian, because despite the fact that only 200 have been made by parent company Volkswagen in Molsheim, France (site of the original Bugatti factory), there are many special editions for the extra vain. One has a Hermes leather interior. But the most ridiculous of the lot is the Linea Vincero — for buyers who think the production car is too slow. It adds an additional 94 horsepower, as well as “exclusive” design touches designed to appeal to nouveau riche nitwits. It is sold only in Abu Dhabi.
For some closure, here's an additional video of wrecking crews towing the Bugatti from its watery grave: