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Why A Bugatti Veyron Would Have Been The Worst Christmas Present

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Heavy with the title of the world's fastest production car, a Bugatti Veyron is no impulse purchase. Is it a realistic prospect even for those with deep pockets?

Bugatti set a trend for obscenely quick cars that elevated the title of the top tier of vehicles, from super car to hyper car. It was road legal and relatively civilised, despite a 0-62mph time of 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 253mph and a weight of nearly two tonnes. There was nothing else like it at the time.

The key was the mighty 8.0 litre W16 petrol engine under the bonnet, with four turbochargers and 987bhp driving all four wheels, kept just about under control by a dual clutch, seven speed automatic gearbox. Gulp.

At a cost of more than £1 million, this had to be something special. Its styling remains a little controversial, but it's hard to argue the degree of virtuoso engineering that went into the thing. The only thing comparable might be a McLaren F1, but these are not a possible second hand prospect, at £5 million plus. A used Veyron, however, can be found for about £650,000. Bargain...

If you can afford the purchase price, you have to consider the running costs a lot more carefully. A Veyron's running costs are in a completely different league from other supercars - as an example, a service on a Ferrari Enzo can cost about £1,400. It's not pocket change but sounds delightful compared to the potential £100,000 cost of an annual service on a Veyron.

Bugatti strictly controls how you run your Veyron. To be serviced, the car has to be returned to the Molsheim factory in France. While the basic annual service starts at £15,000, if Bugatti decrees you need a new set of tyres, you must comply or the company will no longer deal with your vehicle - however a new set of boots comes in at £24,000. For every three sets of tyre changes, you will need a new set of wheels at £50,000 each...

To maintain the highly recommended warranty, you will be spending £50,000 per year.

On the plus side, the Veyron is a very well engineered car with no common faults. If you're still tempted, above all make sure you receive a full service history. Ideally, you'll find a car that has recently been serviced and still carries a warranty. Furthermore, most display very low mileage - less than 5,000 on the clock is perfectly normal, as this is not the kind of car you use to perform the school run or take to Tesco...

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