How was the Veyron drive, you ask? Absolutely unbelievable. Otherworldly. Achieved amazing velocities in the California desert and could have gone much faster were it not for traffic visible miles down the road-and, of course, the fact that these were public roads. At high speeds (the 'ron tops out at 250mph and does 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds), my companion, Bugatti pilote officiel Pierre-Henri Raphanel, looked absolutely bored. Not because he necessarily had faith in me as a driver, or that he routinely drives fast in this car and is a former LeMans and F1 driver, but because he had absolute confidence in the car itself. It is rock-steady at every speed. The DSG transmission produces completely uninterrupted, linear acceleration. Your head doesn't bob at each gear change-you can't even feel it happening. It just goes, like a rocket sled. There's a gauge on the dash that shows how much horsepower you're using at any given moment, from 0 to 1001 horses. At full boogie, in triple-digit speeds, the effect is thunderous.