New Times Takes a $2.5 Million Bugatti Veyron Vitesse for a Spin (and a Burrito)

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As we leave the station, a woman with a shiny purple tiara yells for us to wait. "I want to take a picture!" she says. "It's my birthday. Can I take drive the car around the block?"

"Um, no," Leitzinger says. "Sorry." The woman's boyfriend hangs back, a bit embarrassed. Maybe he could buy her a Bugatti for a birthday gift? "If I win the Powerball tonight," he says.

As I drive us back to New Times HQ, I have one last request.

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The author pretends to be a Bugatti owner for a day, and ends up at Taco Bell
"Well, that's a first," Leitzinger says as we pull into a Taco Bell drive-thru. I order the cheapest item on the menu: a bean burrito with no onions.

"Are you sure that's all you want?" the dude at the cash register asks when I pull up. "Damn, that's a nice ride!" the teenager says as he hands me a steaming tube of trans-fat-filled lard. "I'd have to sell a lot of tacos to buy that thing!"

Moments later, I step out of the Bugatti and back into my life as a professional journalist whose only flirtation is with poverty.

As Leitzinger pulls away in the car I never knew I always wanted, I count my change. Taco Bell Boy stiffed me 9 cents. I guess he figured that if I was driving that car, I didn't need it.

I shake my head and shuffle inside to fill out an expense report for $1.06.

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On Fifth Street, a pearl-white Ferrari 458 Spider stops behind us and the driver screams for us to pull over. We duck into a gas station."What the hell is going on here, boys?" croaks the man, who turns out to be a 54-year-old insurance mogul named Eric Giglione. "This is the most beautiful fucking car I've ever seen. Is this your bad boy?" he asks me. When he hears I'm a journalist, he laughs. "I thought you were Justin Bieber."No doubt the Bugatti is a beautiful car, but hotter than the Ferrari ? No way, I have eyes and I don't even consider the 458 the most beautiful Ferrari just the same.

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