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.