This Bugatti Veyron is actually a 2002 Mercury Cougar, but you probably wouldn’t have known that unless we told you. Although you probably would have eventually figured out this is not a real Veyron.
For starters, the dimensions are all wrong. The entirely custom bodywork (all done up in carbon fiber) does a great job of imitating the French-built hypercar, but it’s not quite as large as a real Veyron. Also, there are plenty of signs on the outside that something is amiss: the door handles are wrong, the side air intakes are fake, and there’s no engine to see under that rear glass panel.
The inside mirrors the outside in this elaborate replica. The gear shifter, AC vents, instrument and steering wheel are all dead giveaways that this is not a true Veyron. Although credit where credit is due, there is microsuede in all the right places, the layout of the center dash is almost perfect, and the tan leather interior looks phenomenal.
The lights, wheels, and extensive bodywork are all fantastic, and the Bugatti emblem on the grille is a nice touch as well. There's even a real retractable wing for when this car gets up to speed and adjustable coilover suspension.
A custom exhaust also makes this car sound like the real thing without actually being the real thing. Under the hood is the same 2.5-L Duratec V6 engine that the Cougar was born with, which means 170 screaming horsepower. That's basically a fraction of the Veyron's 1,200 horsepower.
But then again, this car is also a fraction of the price. A real Veyron will set you back $1.7 million easily, but this replica can be had for a steal at $125,000. Apparently, the owner put $90,000 of modifications in this car and it’s won 17 awards as a replica. And unlike the Indian seller from a few months ago, this person isn’t trying to pass off his creation as the real thing. Just trying to get their money’s worth for all the time and love this car has been shown.
We can respect that.
(via Car And Driver)