Also read the in-depth review, including an extremely interesting history of the project.
A few notable points:
…the McLaren F1 could top 240mph, but at that speed it was pretty much out of control. And anyway it really isn’t in the same league as the Bugatti. In a drag race you could let the McLaren get to 120mph before setting off in the Veyron. And you’d still get to 200mph first.
[it] took a team of 50 engineers five years to perfect [the gearbox]
From behind the wheel of a Veyron, France is the size of a small coconut.
It is a triumph for lunacy over common sense, a triumph for man over nature and a triumph for Volkswagen over absolutely every other car maker in the world.