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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

  • TREEHOUSES: Look Who's Living in the Trees!

    2014.06.21
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Saturday, June 21 - Monday, September 1 Hidden in the leaves, snug in the trunk or burrowed under the roots, what types of animals actually...

  • 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...

  • 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!...

  • Exclusive Tour of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery

    2014.09.09
     @ Yale University Art Gallery

    Join JCC Greenwich for an exclusive tour with museum curator Elizabeth Manekin. The collection is noteworthy for exemplary works from the...

  • Understanding the Gaza War: Strategic & Political Implications

    2014.09.09
     @ Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium

    Dr. Efraim Inbar is a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Director of its renowned Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic...

  • Bruce Museum: Look and See - Into the Deep

    2014.09.10
     @ Bruce Museum

    A program especially designed for children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers, who will explore the Museum’s exhibition through...

  • College Admissions Boot Camp | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.13

    College Prep 360 will be offering two college admissions “boot camps” in their Greenwich office over the summer. The first workshop...

  • 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...

  • Greenwich Area Newcomers Annual Lobster Fest

    2014.09.14
     @ Tod's Point Clambake Area

    This is our kickoff event each year-held at Tod's Point Clambake area. The event is scheduled for Sunday September 14th starting...

  • Information Fair

    2014.09.16
     @ YMCA

    Our Annual Information Fair - This event showcases non profits , community businesses, schools and  services in the Greenwich...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...


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