At the top of the pyramid, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is a car so fast and so expensive and so intricately detailed that the competition doesn't stand a chance. The Bugatti name, from French car builder Ettore Bugatti, stands high in your sports-car connoisseur's esteem as pur sang, or pure blooded, and the Veyron carries on that distinction. Powered by an 8-liter V-16 engine producing somewhere on the far side of 1,000 hp, the Veyron is not only stunning to look at, but stunning to drive. In fact, the driver gets two keys: one to start the car and allow enough power for normal driving about town, and a second key (that fits a lock next to the driver's thigh) that unleashes the full power. Of course, at maximum speed, the 22-gallon fuel tank will run dry in just 12 minutes, although you'd have covered 51 miles, probably in white-knuckled terror.