Out onto the road and, let’s face it, everything else you do in a Bugatti Veyron is merely part of the process of waiting to see what happens, what it feels and sounds like when, finally, you weld the accelerator to the floor.
Yet despite weighing nearly 1900kg and having more power than any modern F1 car, the Veyron isn’t the liability you’d expect it to be on twisty roads.
This car handles; really handles. And boy does it stop and steer incisively as well. If you really start to lean on it there’s a whiff of understeer engineered into the chassis to prevent the tail from taking over; eye-watering body control, too, which is astounding considering how much mass there is to keep in check.
What’s most impressive, however, is the pure composure it has, even over difficult surfaces.
Bugatti says the Veyron is as easy to drive as a Bentley, and they’re not exaggerating. Immediately you notice how smoothly weighted the steering is, and how calm the ride is.
The open-top Grand Sport and Grand Sport Vitesse are surprisingly good cruisers. Bugatti has opted for softer damper settings than on the coupe, reasoning that roadster customers will want a more comfortable ride. Even so, there's the precision of a mid-engined supercar and a suppleness at speed that impresses.
Despite it’s tag as the world’s fastest car, the Veyron Super Sport is not an especially intimidating car to drive quickly on the road. It doesn’t feel especially vast, and such is the accuracy of the steering and the suppleness of the ride that you can thread it down most roads much like most other sport cars.
To further explore what the Super Sport is capable of requires a track. What you’ll find is a car with quite extraordinary traction and, up to a point, massive grip and fantastic body control, but it will also bite the unwary very hard indeed.