Meet The 'Cougatti' Veyron


Despite what you might (briefly) think, what lies beneath this bodywork is not 987bhp, 16 cylinders or four-wheel drive.

Instead, horror of horrors, this Bugatti Veyron replica is actually a Mercury Cougar.

For those who can't remember the Cougar, we've provided you with a picture of one in original form (to the right - and our sincerest apologies to those who do remember it).


It was one of Ford's less successful coupe attempts (although, coming after the deeply lacklustre Probe, it seemed positively magnificent) and, although badged as a Ford in Blighty, it got Mercury branding in the US.

As one of the less appealing results of Ford's 'New Edge' design philosophy of the late 90s, the transformation from 'Cougar' into 'Cougatti' is arguably a visual success, but we guess that the bodywork runs up a bill that the chassis and drivetrain can't afford to settle.


You see, underneath the swoops and curves lies a 2002 Cougar V6 auto, meaning front-wheel drive and a pretty woossy 168bhp. Hardly the stuff of 200mph dreams.

And the chap who was selling it on a certain US auction site (the item has now ended) wanted a starting bid of $89k (around £55k). Still, compared with the £700k or so it'll set you back to get hold of a genuine used Bugatti Veyron, you might think that's a bit of a steal. Until, we suppose, you actually have to drive it somewhere...



   

 

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  • Moospeed 25 Feb 2011

    TobesH said:
    Kind of annoying if you own a real AC Cobra and everyone asks you, is it real mate, or a kit?
    Spoke to a Lotus 340R owner at goodwood who told me he gets that question a lot. Had to chuckle when he said he wanted to lamp someone in the petrol station that asked if it was based on a beetle biggrin

  • Papa Hotel 25 Feb 2011

    zebedee said:
    what 200 lookalike? All I see is 2 white boxes with red crosses! Intrigued to know what it is as the only 200 I can think of was a Rover and no-one made replicas of those (understandably). RS200?
    Aye, RS200 rep.

    Edited by Papa Hotel on Thursday 24th February 19:23

  • zebedee 25 Feb 2011

    Evil.soup said:
    Im a big big fan of those and briefly looked into it myself but im rather pushed for space to do the work. 7k is bloody cheap mind you, how did you manage that or does it show close up?

    what 200 lookalike? All I see is 2 white boxes with red crosses! Intrigued to know what it is as the only 200 I can think of was a Rover and no-one made replicas of those (understandably). RS200?

  • Evil.soup 25 Feb 2011

    magpies said:
    Apart from the base car and not seeing the interior - ok and the price - it's not a bad effort.

    probably would not have cost as much if he based it on somethibg else with either V8 and/or 4wd

    I managed this 200 lookalike for less than £7k - 300bhp 4wd 1240kg and sva'd


    2nd fastest out of 60 cars at Croft trackday
    Im a big big fan of those and briefly looked into it myself but im rather pushed for space to do the work. 7k is bloody cheap mind you, how did you manage that or does it show close up?


  • parki11 24 Feb 2011

    TobesH said:
    I wonder where the line is drawn - replica vs the real thing and what is good or not so good? For example:

    Some great 'replicas':
    Jag C-type
    AC Ace
    AC Cobra
    Ford GT40
    Lancia Stratos
    Ford RS200
    Bugatti Type 31
    Lotus 'Westfield' 11
    Porsche Speedster

    As the owner of a Cobra replica myself i've realised that if anyones stupid enough to ask you if its real you dont need to tell them it's not :P




    Kind of annoying if you own a real AC Cobra and everyone asks you, is it real mate, or a kit?

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