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Posted in Transport with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2007 by Apollo

Now that we seem to have a satisfactory theme established, it may be possible to get on with business, and upset some mindless, green, global warming worshipping, tree-hugging, environmental, CO2 alarmist, brainwashed, fuel-tax-loving, car-hating tosspots. My apologies to anyone in the same sort of groups that I may have omitted, consider yourself included if you think you should be.

While some may point to a terminal speed of 171 mph for the Porsche 928 S4 as not being particularly quick in in a world where 250 mph is possible in a production car, it’s also worth bearing in mind that this speed was achieved in a production road car in 1986.

It’s even more worth bearing in mind that at the time, the car could be bought for around £30,000. Although it may have crept up to £80,000 in its later, faster, and more powerful GTS variant, this is still nowhere near the figure of anything up to £500,000 to achieve that extra speed, and not even comparable to the £800,000 upward for a Bugatti Veyron, or any of the recent 1,001 BHP+ and 250 mph+ cars that have appeared. None of these cars will ever be built in numbers that approach the curtailed 928 production run (just under 60,000), will never be seen in the hands of anyone that has anything approaching an average wage, and will probably never even be seen on the road in most cases. Unless changed at some time, the Veyron’s run is set at 300 over five years, although the schedule has been sped up since that was announced.

You also have to question either the truth of the story, or the sense of the management at Volkswagen Group (where the senior management must have cast-iron contracts), as the £1 million price tag is said to result in a £4 million loss for the company on each sale, especially in light of the American-built SSC Ultimate Aero TT, a supercar built by Shelby Super Cars. It’s cheaper, faster, and couldn’t have cost as much to develop or produce as the Bugatti. Price is around $700,000 (that’s dollars, not pounds) (less on eBay) for that variant, with production only projected at around 40 cars. Standard Aeros may only be around $250,000. Small change for anyone in that sort of market.

Having said that, I suspect the Bugatti would last longer at speed than its successors, so there are differences.