You don’t need to have a doctorate in engineering or be a car guru to appreciate the following stats, as the numbers speak for themselves: 407 km/h top speed, 0-100 km/h in 2.5 seconds and the wholly absurd horsepower count of 1001 ps, or 987 horsepower. These are dizzying numbers all right, though not as dizzying as its asking price of 1.1 million euros, which can, without too much difficulty be argued as the deal of the century, but more on that later.
From a mechanical standpoint, the Veyron’s engine is a masterpiece. At eight litres in displacement, with sixteen cylinders arranged in three banks of eight, the compact engine is shorter in length than a traditional V12. And yet, it packs the mightiest of punches, as the engine is boosted along with four turbochargers with variable vane geometry for lag-less thrust. Aside from cooling purposes, the engine is out in the open for all to see, its magnesium detailing a work of art.