Top Gear Top 10 Cars Best

Bugatti Veyron tops countdown of the most important cars of the last two decades by Top Gear

BBC Top Gear magazine has declared the Bugatti Veyron the greatest car of the last two decades.

In a bumper issue celebrating the 20th anniversary of the best-selling car mag, the 267mph Veyron topped a countdown of the 50 most significant cars since 1993.

The cars were decided by BBC Top Gear magazine’s editorial team and an online poll of more than 100,000 readers.

“Following heated discussion and a staggering response online, the Veyron emerged as a worthy winner,” said Charlie Turner, editor of BBC Top Gear magazine.

He added: “In its latest iteration, the world’s fastest car costs two million euro, makes 1,187bhp and 1,107lb ft from its 8.0-litre engine, will hit 267mph and burn eight litres of fuel every minute while doing so. But it is more than just a sledgehammer of physics. The Veyron is the distilled essence of the Volkswagen empire: as luxurious as a Bentley, with the build quality to put an Audi A8 to shame.”

The “high watermark of humanity” Veyron pipped the second-placed VW Golf GTI – described as “the finest hot hatch of the last 20 years” and the “sublime” Rolls-Royce Phantom in third.

BBC Top Gear magazine’s top ten runs as follows:

Top Gear Top 10 Cars Best

1. Bugatti Veyron (2005)Top Gear Top 10 Cars Best
2. VW Golf GTI (2005)Top Gear Top 10 Cars Best
3. Rolls-Royce Phantom (2003)Top Gear Top 10 Cars Best
4. Ferrari 458 (2009)Top Gear Top 10 Cars Best
5. Porsche Boxster (1996)Top Gear Top 10 Cars Best
6. BMW 320d (1999)Top Gear Top 10 Cars Best
7. Ford Focus (1998)Top Gear Top 10 Cars Best
8. Porsche 911 (1993)

Top Gear Top 10 Cars Best
9. Renault Clio Williams (1993)

Top Gear Top 10 Cars Best
10. Lexus LFA (2010)