James May’s Bugatti Veyron Top Speed Test

Because watching Captain Slow drive 253 mph never gets old.

If you’re at home, this episode is on BBC America right now.

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The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest convertible in the world

Here’s another early reveal from next month’s Geneva Motor Show and this one is a beaut — The Bugatti Veyron Vitesse. The most powerful factory built roadster IN THE WORLD:

So, what sort of numbers does a convertible need to be the fastest in the world? 1184bhp and 1105lb ft. That’s 197bhp and 183lb ft up from the cooking variety Veyron’s 987bhp and 922lb ft. Or roughly one Golf GTI more…

Extra power’s been teased out of the 16-cylinder engine by enlarging the four - FOUR - turbochargers and intercoolers. The chassis’s also been beefed up to support the extra muscle.

No performance stats have been released yet, but if it’s anything like the Veyron Super Sport, it’ll hover around 2.5 seconds to 62mph. That’s 0.2 seconds faster than the current Grand Sport. Pricing’s equally mysterious, but we reckon it’ll be in the region of $3.3M.

The Cars We’re Looking Forward to in 2012.

Thanks for sharing your favorite cars of 2011 with us the other day. While all of the cars in the TopGear.com roundup were special, for sure, your thoughts on the Audi RS3, Mustang GT500, and Subaru WRX were pretty spot on as well.

Well now that we’re a whole two and a half days into 2012, we might as well take a look at some of the cars TopGear.com is looking forward to in the new year.

The production Pagani Huayra, Porsche 918, Jaguar’s Cayman fighter, and a new Dodge Viper are all slated to see the light of day in the next 363 days. Additionally, we should get deets on the next 4 door Bugatti and the Alfa 4C should make it to the States. Even with all of that, we’re dying to see the next Mustang GT500 which is supposed to break the 200mph barrier.

We’ve selected some choice shots for the photoset above. Want to see the rest of the list? Click through.

Want to share your own favorite? Well isn’t that what the ‘answers enabled’ feature on Tumblr is for?

Man drives Bugatti Veyron into a lake.

Ok. We’ve got a few responses to our “What’s the most expensive supercar crash?” question. Here’s the first: man drives his Bugatti Veyron into a lake.

We can’t decide whether it’s hugely coincidental that some good ol’ boys just so happened to be filming the Bug moments before it crashed into the lake… or completely understandable. It’s a super-rare exotic supercar, right? You’d have done the same, wouldn’t you?

We also can’t decide whether it’s hugely coincidental that the driver has been identified by local media as the owner of a company that restores wrecked supercars for resale.

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New pics of the Shelby Super Cars Tuatara.

If SSC’s to be believed, it’ll beat the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (which, of course, once made James the fastest man ever) and become the fastest production car in the world.

To heave itself up to the benchmark, it’ll be using a 1,350bhp engine, which gets from 0-200 in under 16 seconds. You can see the Ultimate Aero (using the same engine) hooning here. And remember, before the Veyron SS came along, the Aero was the fastest road car in the world.

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Bugatti Galibier 4 door concept

Bugatti Galibier 4 door concept

(Source: jdmexotics)

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