H Y PERC A R HIGHLY C OMME NDED

Evo - - EVO CAR OF THE YEAR -

IT MAY BE A CLICHÉ, BUT THE Bu­gatti Ch­i­ron essen­tially sits in a class of one. There are ma­chines that can match or, de­pend­ing on who you be­lieve, ex­ceed its per­for­mance, but none that can equal its in­cred­i­ble blend of tal­ents.

The Pa­gani Huayra (be­low) ar­guably comes clos­est, cer­tainly when it comes to drama and crafts­man­ship. Drip­ping with ex­otic ma­te­ri­als and fea­tur­ing ex­quis­ite de­tail­ing, oth­er­worldly looks and a heav­ily fet­tled and tur­bocharged AMG 7.3-litre V12, the Pa­gani def­i­nitely hits all the right notes. It’s breath­tak­ingly fast and will stir your soul, even on a trip to the shops. Yet as with ri­vals such as the 278mph (277.87mph to be pre­cise)

Koenigsegg Agera RS, the Huayra is essen­tially a be­spoke cre­ation that will be built in but­ton num­bers for own­ers to squir­rel away, only to be brought out for spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

So for a real ri­val to the Ch­i­ron we’ll prob­a­bly have to wait for the

Mclaren BP23 (be­low) to ar­rive in 2019. Aping the three-seater lay­out of the iconic F1 and ru­moured to be pack­ing a 1000bhp punch, the big Mac is also be­ing de­vel­oped with ev­ery­day use­abil­ity in mind. If any firm can up­stage Bu­gatti, we reckon it’ll be the wizards at Wok­ing and their BP23. JD

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