Monday, October 03, 2005

Fast news

I've been reading car magazines (Christina calls it automotive porn) since I was like 12. At one time, I think I subscribed to at least three. I've always been fascinated by them.

But lately I'd been feeling rather jaded toward cars. It seemed like every automotive trick had been played. I was bored with 'em.

Until this week's Autoweek. Oh god. They drive the Bugatti Veyron.

Sure, Volkswagen (they own the Bugatti name) has been crowing about this car for years. Promising 1,000 horsepower. 200+ mph. Cost over $1 million. etc etc. But they had some bugs to work out for the last two years.

Well, according to Autoweek , bugs are gone. Way gone.

Raw numbers?
16 cylinder, 8.0 liter engine
997 Horsepower
0-62 in 2.5 seconds
250 mph top speed
$1.2 million
And it's absolutely gorgeous.

To put that in perspective, the latest Corvette seems like a total econocar. The Vette's 8 cylinder engine has only 400 hp, does 0-62 in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed more like 180 mph. And only cost $45,000. A bargain.

I think I can honestly say that my automotive excitement is back.

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