The Bugatti Veyron Pegaso Edition: For When Owning A Bugatti Is Not Quite Exclusive Enough

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This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

Some times are for Michelob, and other times are for Cristal. The vehicle you see above and in the gallery below — the Bugatti Veyron Pegaso Edition — is one of the latter. Similarly, we're assuming there are some times we guess it's important for Russian oil barons to set themselves apart from the rest of the mere "filthy rich," and show the world they're actually part of the "ridiculously rich" club. Here's how one particular Russian oil baron did it. The man, who happens to actually live in Dubai's Burj Al Arab seven-star hotel, snagged himself a Bugatti Veyron and then decided it was necessary to spend a little bit more money with some pimper of autos who's recycling the name of an old Spanish coachbuilder that worked with Alfa Romeo and Ferrari during the 1950's to boost the output on the machine by an extra 200 horses. That brings the final number to an absolutely ree-dic-u-luss 1200 HP, and we're thinking may even pop that top speed well over the 250 MPH+ mark it's already at — unless of course it just explodes. But really, our only question here is — does the man wipe himself on the toilet with hundred dollar bills, or does he pay someone to do that for him? Oh yeah, and the going price we're assuming is significantly more than the $1.2 million for the standard Veyron.



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Pegaso was not a coachbuilder. They were a state owned manufacturer of buses, heavy trucks and construction equipment, formed by Gen. Franco after the war. The company was headed by Wilfredo Ricart, who worked for Alfa Romeo, with Enzo Ferrari in the 30's. In 1951, Pegaso introduced the Ricart-designed Z-102 sports car. The Z-102 had beautiful coachwork (from Touring of Milan, Saoutchik or from Pegaso's own shop) and advanced engineering including fully independent suspension, a 5 speed transmission, and a quad-cam V8. Unfortunately, mid 20th century metallurgy was unable to cope with the power of Ricart's V8, and the cars tended to chew up their own engines, transmissions and driveshafts.

You can see the Z-102 here []