The most expensive street legal production car available on the market today is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. It is also the fastest accelerating car reaching 0-60 in 2.5 seconds with record-breaking top speed of 267 mph. However, speed is electronically limited to 258 mph to protect the tires from disintegrating. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport can be yours at $2,600,000.
Manufactured in Molsheim, France by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., the Super Sport features a 16 cylinder – 1,200 horsepower engine. It was shown publicly for the first time at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2010. The first edition came in a matte black and orange color combination. To keep its exclusivity, Bugatti have stated that only 30 will be produced.
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG’s BMW is named as the top luxury brand in the United States for 2011 after outselling Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz last month.
BMW’s total 2011 sales is recorded at 247,907, outselling Mercedes by 2,715 vehicles. According to Ludwig Willisch, chief executive of BMW of North America, “BMW Group sales momentum has been increasing all year and this new burst of consumer confidence filled our dealer showrooms, putting BMW ‘over the top.’
While 115 cars made the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick list this year, just six of them were new additions (or reappearances) in the luxury categories.
Mercedes-Benz’s M Class is a new addition for 2012, having skipped 2011. The previous 2009-2010 models had made the list, but the 2011 model didn’t, despite earning top marks of “good” in front and side impact crash tests.
Next is the BMW X3, which rejoins the list after being left off since 2009, though like the M-Class, intervening year models also scored “good” in all tests. The Acura MDX also sees the same result, once again a Top Safety Pick after being off the list since 2009.
AUTOMOBILE Magazine picks the Audi A7 as its 2012 Automobile of the Year. Editors from the magazine selected the A7 for its “embodiment of everything a luxury buyer would want in a car – design, performance, and technology”. The award will be presented by AUTOMOBILE Magazine President and Editor-In-Chief Jean Jennings during the Los Angeles International Auto Show next week.
Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen was delighted to hear the news. “The Audi A7 boasts bold styling and dramatic features, making it an icon of design and technology. We’re thrilled that AUTOMOBILE Magazine has selected A7 as the Automobile of the Year,” he said.
Luxury car brand Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) is looking forward to keeping its post as this year’s best-selling luxury brand in the U.S. up to next year’s first quarter as it introduces its redesigned 3-Series sedan.
Ludwig Willisch, who took over BMW’s North American operations Oct. 1, is confident that the company will remain number one. ”Our model lineup is broad. We have a lot of opportunities to get there,” he said.
The BMW brand and Mercedes have been fighting to take the luxury sales crown away from Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus, which has been the annual leader for 11 years. BMW ended September in the lead with 177,679 sales while Mercedes is in second place with 170,058. Those results exclude Daimler’s Sprinter vans and Smart cars and BMW’s Mini brand, which aren’t luxury vehicles.
Willisch’s remarks run counter to his predecessor, Jim O’Donnell, who said in August that BMW will probably be outsold by Mercedes-Benz next year before the redesigned 3-Series hits U.S. dealerships.
Updated Mercedes C-Class models went on sale last quarter while BMW is still selling older 3-Series compacts. The 3-Series is slated to hit U.S. showrooms in March or April, BMW says.