The specs are rather impressive but the battle looks a little one sided on paper. The Veyron drives all four wheels with an 8-litre quad-turbo W16 engine, which possesses gargantuan peaks of 1183bhp and 1106lb ft, enough for a 2.6sec 0-62 time and a 254mph top speed, the latter making it officially the world’s fastest convertible car.
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In comparison, the Pagani Huayra uses a 6-litre V12 with just the two turbochargers, endowing its rear axle with 720bhp and 737lb ft of torque, enough to snare it a 3.3sec 0-62 time and a claimed 224mph top speed. Much smaller numbers, then, but at 1350kg it weighs a lot less than the 1990kg Bugatti, which should help its agility and handling no end. Its price looks similarly lightweight in this company, its circa-£1million cost paling next to the big Bug’s £1.7million price tag.
Enough of the numbers, though, what are they like to drive? The two supercar giants take each other on below in a world exclusive video. Bugatti Veyron or Pagani Huayra, which is best? There’s only one way to find out…