Should I tell her? Sure. "Actually, it's $2.2 million." She nodded, expression unchanged. One million? Two million? What's the difference?
The Grand Sport displaces the regular Veyron as the most expensive new car you can buy. Base price is $1,990,064; shipping is $51,000, the gas guzzler tax is $7,700, bringing the total to $2,048,764. With sales tax and other fees, figure on writing a check for $2.2 million.
Bugatti is the legendary car company founded in 1909 in France by Italian immigrant Ettore Bugatti. His company built cars until World War II, when the plant was destroyed. Since then, several companies have operated under the Bugatti name until Volkswagen bought it in 1998. The Veyron, with a tested top speed of 253 mph, is the company's crown jewel. The Veyron Grand Sport is so rare you can count the U.S. inventory on one hand.
So what's it like to drive? It's amazingly comfortable and user-friendly. It will cheerfully idle around town all day, but take it to a stretch of open road, floor the accelerator, and – what is it Jay Leno says about vehicles like this? "Like the hand of God pushing you in the back." You would think with 16 cylinders and four turbochargers, there would be a lot of engine noise, but there isn't.
Steering is appropriately precise, and the carbon brakes are incredible. Rear visibility is limited, and you'll appreciate the rear-view camera.
Perhaps the biggest surprise – aside from the fact that this car exists at all – is how calm it is. The last car I drove that could easily top 200 mph, the Koenigsegg CCX, was stable at top speed, but around town, it was like trying to take Seattle Slew on a trail ride.
Is the Bugatti worth $2.2 million? Ask me if I win the lottery.
2010 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
Price as tested:
: 8 mpg city, 14 highway.
: Mid-engine, all-wheel-drive sports car with an 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder, quad-turbocharged 1,001-horsepower engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission.