Road Tests Real world tests of Veyron vs Ariel Atom


2.7 s
Atom V8 500
2.3 s

Top speed

253 mph
Atom V8 500
170 mph


5.1 s
Atom V8 500
5.4 s

Top Gear track time

Atom V8 500

1/4 mile

10.2 s
Atom V8 500
11.2 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Bugatti Veyron

Reasons to consider the
Bugatti Veyron

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Faster top speed 253 mph vs 170 mph 83 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more torque 922 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM vs 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM Around 3.5x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much more expensive sticker price $1.50M vs $225k Around 6.8x more expensive harder to own
Much more powerful engine 987 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM More than 2x stronger engine
Much bigger engine 7,993 cc vs 3,000 cc Around 2.8x bigger engine
Faster in the quarter mile 10.2 s vs 11.2 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Side view of Ariel Atom

Reasons to consider the
Ariel Atom V8 500

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Much lighter curb weight 1,210 lb vs 4,162 lb 3.4x lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:15.10 vs 1:18.30 Around 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Faster to 60mph 2.3 s vs 2.7 s Around 15% faster to 60mph

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Veyron  vs
Ariel Atom 
Brand Bugatti Ariel
Price 1,500,000 225,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2005 2008


Body style Fastback coupe Roadster


Drivetrain 4x4 2WD
Gearing Continuously-variable Traditional
# of gears N/A 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 15.8 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs Disc
Rear brakes 15 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,162 lb 1,210 lb

road tests

Veyron  vs
Ariel Atom 
Top speed 253 mph 170 mph
1/4 mile 10.2 s 11.2 s
0-60mph 2.7 s 2.3 s
0-100mph 5.1 s 5.4 s
Top gear time 1:18.30 1:15.10

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.22 lb/hp 2.55 lb/hp
Maximum hp 987 HP @ 6,500 RPM 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM
Maximum torque 922 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 7,993 cc 3,000 cc
Cylinders W16 V8
Air compressor Quad turbocharger Supercharger
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) DOHC
Bugatti Veyron
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