Steane Klose | Feb 22, 2008

Not sure if you will have the time to visit the Melbourne Motor Show this year? Perhaps you are just waiting for a good excuse to head to Melbourne and see the latest autos from around the world? Well, this could be it. We have just been informed that the biggest baddest supercar of them all, the Bugatti Veyron will be in attendance, which is a good reason for you to be as well.

The fastest and most expensive production car ever built, the Veyron that will be on show has been brought to the Motor Show in collaboration with the organisers of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide and Trivett Bespoke Automotive, the Australian importer/dealer for Bugatti.

With a top speed of more than 400 km/h and an estimated Australian price of $2.7 million, the Veyron makes all other supercars look slow and inexpensive by comparison.

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Veyron's specifications and performance are breathtaking, with a top speed of 407 km/h and 0-100 km/h acceleration in just 2.5 seconds - it can do the 0-200 km/h run in just 7.3 seconds, a good time for a powerful family car to reach half this speed.

Its 16-cylinder, 8-litre engine produces a massive 736 kW (1001 horsepower in the old measure) which it transmits to all four wheels through a seven-speed sequential automatic transmission.

Luxury and performance details abound, with a cockpit that recaptures the glory days of hand-built classic Bugattis and features such as a large spoiler that deploys above 200 km/h.

The pop-up spoiler doubles as an air brake at higher speeds, adding to the tarmac-tearing power of the massive carbon ceramic disc brakes to stop the car from 100 km/h in just 31.4 metres.

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Veyron is built around a carbon fibre monocoque body shell and features magnesium, titanium and aluminium components to keep its weight down to just under 1900 kg.

To put the Veyron into perspective in a world of more "everyday" supercars, the Bolwell Nagari to be launched at the Motor Show also features a carbon fibre monocoque, but is half the weight and likely to be one-tenth the cost.

This is purely a treat for the general public attendees and will not be on show at the press day. The Veyron will make three exclusive appearances from 5pm to 10pm on Friday, then from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday and Sunday, 29 February to 2 March.

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