Posted by: mostwanted | Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Top Gear Filming with not one but THREE Bugatti Veyron loaners in the UAE

Photoshoot goes into Top Gear

ABU DHABI – Psst, buddy, can you spare me a sports car? Yes, evidently, three of them. This weekend Top Gear, the UK-based car magazine, which is in the country for a photo shoot, sent out an urgent request for an unusual car, the million-dollar Bugatti Veyron.

It was hoping for one. Instead, it was offered three of the vehicles, which cost more than Dhs 4.4 million (USD $1.2m) each. “No other place in the world could we have found three Bugattis in a span of 48 hours,” said a relieved Charlie Turner, the creative director for the magazine.

The cars were tracked down by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and belong to local owners who wish to remain anonymous. Built by Volkswagen, the 1,000-horsepower vehicle can reach 255 MPH (407 KPH). One car in the shoot, a gleaming aluminium-bodied model, is one of only five in the world.

The Corniche area and Jabel Hafeet were briefly closed off for the shoot, which featured the Stig, Top Gear’s mysterious, overall-clad driver. Top Gear, paired with a BBC television show of the same name, sells more than a million copies a month.

Well here we are folks in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Top Gear UK’s favorite and definitely my favorite TV show and magazine is filming with THREE Bugatti Veyrons. The BBC show’s crew was jaw droppingly surprised to find all 3 loaner Bugatti Veyrons. The team racecar driver THE STIG was also there. All the Veyrons were heading to the Marina Mall in downtown Abu Dhabi. Transport Officers had to close several roads for the photoshoot.

Oh almost forgot, part of the shoot was on top of the Jabel Hafeet mountains, and the amazing roads leading upto and through it. Boy, would this be a helluva fun joyride! 😉

More Pics of the this superb driving road – HERE.

Lastly, there is also a rumor going around that there was a Koenigsegg CCX spotted during the photoshoot. So will they do some sort of a race with THE STIG, involving the 3 Veryons & the CCX?? Anybody’s guess but I defnitely cannot wait for the 11th season of this show to get started here shortly this summer. 😀 Oh and I really hope they get something with the US version up and going, too bad Jay Leno refused to host it.

If you somehow don’t know about this show, read up on the WiKi.



  1. It would be nice to finally get a proper match-up between the Veyron and the CCX. Volkswagen is refusing the Koenigsegg team to pick up on the challenge and test the CCX on their 5,5 mile straight track. The “record” is therefore grosely misleading since the CCX had to set it’s record on a oval.

    The new biofuel CCXR Edition will however smoke it regardless and is reported of doing 260+ MPH in Koenigsegg’s unofficial testing.

    The Koneigsegg CCXR Edition presented by Christian von Koenigsegg:

    The Topgear test of the CCX:

    And with the “Topgear wing” (actually an option ever since Koenigseggs first car. The team was nice enough to ablige the goons at Topgear, but the problem was actually Topgear not setting the suspension from top speed performance to handling performance):

    and heres another vid worth checking out –

  2. i guess clarkson has been here before, clips from his prev show back in the 80/90s?

    part 1 –

    part 2 –

    part 3 –

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