Bugatti’s Olivier Thevenin gestures at us from the passenger seat and we come to a stop on a deserted, arrow-straight road somewhere in Sardinia. His serious look suggests he has something big to say.
“Now,” he says. “Use all of the power — really. Then feel the brakes.” As his was meant to be the voice of corporate reason during our drive of the 2009 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, we could have kissed him.
We floor the throttle and the car simply takes off. Since we’ve got a quadruple-turbo 8.0-liter W16 behind us that pumps out 986 horsepower and 922 pound-feet of torque, we expect a battle of physics with the Haldex all-wheel-drive system and limited-slip rear differential that should leave the tarmac with emotional scars and end with the car off the road. But instead the Veyron simply leaves the vicinity like a bullet from a sniper’s rifle.
The power meter on the instrument panel swings round and just for a second we are godlike, using the full force of the ultimate car.
And now it’s got a removable targa-style top.
Source: Inside Line