Gordon Murray, designer of the McLaren F1 (which for many years was the fastest production car ever built) said the following about the Bugatti Veyron in UK auto magazine evo during its development period:
"The most pointless exercise on the planet has got to be this four-wheel-drive 1000 horsepower Bugatti. I think it’s incredibly childish this thing people have about just one element - top speed or standing kilometre or 0-60. It’s about as narrow minded as you can get as a car designer to pick on one element. It’s like saying we’re going to beat the original Mini because we’re going to make a car 10 mph faster on its top speed - but it's two foot longer and 200 kilos heavier. That’s not car designing - that just reeks of a company who are paranoid."
Murray was less hasty about the Veyron after it came out and he test drove one, nearly praising it in an article he wrote about it in Road and Track magazine.