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The Bugatti Veyron

In a few years, when we’re all driving tricycles powered by hydrogen-assist motors, we will look back on vehicles such as the Bugatti seen above and regard it as some sort of extreme performance art. Certainly, it is priced like rare art. You’ll need to step up to the counter with a quarter-million-dollar deposit just to get on the list for this latest opium-dream outrage from France.

Why would you need a 16-cylinder, four-turbo, 1,001-horsepower, thirsty-as-hell confection good for an honest–injun 250 mph? There are other ways to spend $1.3 million, but few offer such spellbinding pizzazz.

All across the automobile industry, a terrific horsepower race has been building. Many of the latest hybrids, including the unspeakably polite Honda Accord and the upcoming Chevy Tahoe, are actually using the technology’s silent assist for extra power; the fuel savings is just a bonus. Our highly wired nation has been eager to jump aboard, too. Even minivans have gotten more powerful — and more thirsty.

If fuel prices don’t drop soon, tastes will likely change rapidly, and the funky little runabouts seen in our story on concept cars will pour into automobile showrooms. Already, people are looking past SUVs for the latest in sports wagons, which is suddenly the hot, sexy corner of the lot.

Another market segment showing new life is the convertible. More than forty open-air models are being offered now, leading one to think that there are a lot of boomers cutting loose.

Do not look anytime soon for a ragtop version of the Bugatti. There is, however, a strong industry rumor of a slightly more modest $62,000 version in the works. We’ll take two.


Jaguar XK
Yeah, baby. Austin Powers’s “Shaguar” has nothing on the new-for-2007 XK, which presents brutally handsome sheet metal (aluminum, actually) on a muscular and adept chassis. Its growing resemblance to the Aston-Martin line of beauties is probably not accidental. The XK comes in convertible or coupe form. A heavy-breathing R version is in the works.
Base price: $75,000

Nissan Altima
There was nothing wrong with the old one, but arriving soon in the showrooms will be the 2007 Altima, which not only gets a fresh design but a new platform as well. The optional hybrid engine package meets new clean-air mandates. A new version of Nissan’s Sentry is also forthcoming. 
Base price: TBA

Pontiac G6 convertible
With a nifty retractable hardtop and some nice lines, the new Pontiac convertible has been getting a lot of eager attention lately. Given that it will carry four adults in pursuit of sunshine, and has a decent price, it’s worth a good look. The 200-horsepower V6 can be upgraded to 240 horsepower. Your basic G6 sedan has a base price of $21,000.
Base price, convertible: $28,000

Corvette Z06
The base-model Corvette is now a very civilized machine. In highway-loafing mode, it even returns gas mileage in the high 20s. The new Z06 model answers to a more heathenish call. Its monstrous, 7-liter engine produces some 510 horsepower. Among the world’s fastest cars, it is priced way, way lower than anything similar. And you can still get 20 mpg, to boot.
Base price: $65,000

Lexus ES350
The most popular sedan in the Lexus fleet is the ES series, which this year arrives as a redesigned car. Somewhere underneath is a Toyota Camry, but the additional leather upholstery, engine muscle, and electronic refinements earn this car some easy love. For those who need ’em bigger, Lexus is going to unleash an entirely new flagship LS line early next year that will feature tons o’ power via hybrid engines.
Base price, ES350: $34,000

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese

    2014.09.24
     @ Meli-Melo

    Meet Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese & Take Home a Signed Copy of His New Book! Kevin is a holistic health practitioner,...

  • Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.25
     @ Milbrook Club

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon will be held at Milbrook Club. Registration 11:30am; start at...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Verismo - Opera Arias and Ensembles

    2014.09.26
     @ Round Hill Community Church

    Music from the Heart at Round Hill  “Verismo – Arias and Ensembles,” an opera concert, will bring drama and passion...

  • Aaron Henry Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

    2014.09.26
     @ Richards

  • Curiosity Concerts Season Opening: SONIC ESCAPE

    2014.09.27
     @ Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium

    The Greenwich Arts Council's Curiosity Concerts opens its second season of free classical music concerts for families on Saturday, Sept. 27,...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Bistro Versailles Wine Dinner

    2014.09.29
     @ Bistro Versailles

    Wine dinners at Bistro Versailles are entertaining social events held on a regular basis. Socialize with friends and mingle with other...

  • Joie Special Shopping Event

    2014.09.30
     @ Joie

    Joie invites you to a special shopping event! Enjoy wine & hor d'oeuvres while shopping 20% off your purchase Enter to win a...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance's Go For Pink Shopping Event

    2014.10.02
     @ Greenwich Avenue area

    Breast Cancer Alliance announced that it is partnering with Greenwich merchants for a special day of events and shopping on Thursday, October 2nd...

  • Muddy Up 5k Adventure Run & Family Fun Walk

    2014.10.05
     @ Camp Simmons

    Are you ready for some MUDDY fun? Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is proud to host the 3rd annual Muddy Up 5k Adventure Run & Family Fun...

  • Sweat for a Cause

    2014.10.05
     @ SoulCycle Greenwich

    The Young Women's League of New Canaan (YWL) is sponsoring its first fundraiser of the season, "Sweat For A Cause" at SoulCycle...

  • Flower Power

    2014.10.08
     @ SM Home Gallery

    SM Home Gallery show featuring two Greenwich based artists: Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The art show runs thorough November 22nd....


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