Glance: Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador and McLaren MP4-12C

2012 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Base price: $1.9 million (estimated)

Price, model tested: $1.9 million (estimated)

Powertrain: 8.0-liter, quadruple-turbocharged, W-16-cylinder engine; seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters; permanent all-wheel drive

Horsepower: 1,001 at 6,000 rpm

Torque: 922 pound-feet at 2,200-5,500 rpm

0-62: 2.7 seconds according to Bugatti, though some tests have shown 2.5 seconds

Curb weight: 4,338 pounds

Wheelbase: 106.7 inches

Overall length: 175.7 inches

2012 Lamborghini Aventador

Base price: $382,695

Price, options tested: $421,145; matte black paint, optional painted rims and brake calipers, transparent engine cover, premium sound system, multifunction steering wheel, carbon fiber trim, parking assist.

Powertrain: 6.5-liter, DOHC, V-12 engine; seven-speed, single-clutch automated manual transmission with paddle shifters and Normal, Sport and Track settings; permanent all-wheel drive

Horsepower: 691 at 8,250 rpm

Torque: 509 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm

0-62: 2.9 seconds, according to Lamborghini

Curb weight: 3,600 pounds (estimated)

Wheelbase: 106.3 inches

Overall length: 188.2 inches

2012 McLaren MP4-12C

Base price: $231,400

Price, options tested: $287,740; complete interior and exterior carbon fiber trim kit, sport exhaust, optional wheels, Alcantara and leather interior, heated power seats, premium sound system, parking sensors

Powertrain: 3.8-liter, DOHC, V-8 engine; six-speed, dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters and Normal, Sport and Track settings; rear-wheel drive

Horsepower: 592 at 7,000 rpm

Torque: 443 pound-feet at 3,000-7,000 rpm

0-62: 3.1 seconds, according to McLaren

Curb weight: 3,161 pounds (estimated)

Wheelbase: 105.1 inches

Overall length: 177.4 inches

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