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Here's Why You Won't See Tom Cruise Driving A Bugatti
By NADEEM SARWAR
Legendary actor Tom Cruise has driven some of the coolest cars in films, from a slick orange Lamborghini Gallardo to a prototype BMW i8. As arguably the biggest and most bankable star in Hollywood, it’s no wonder that any automobile brand would want to associate with Cruise — except for Bugatti, which has banned the actor from buying its cars, and for a rather odd reason.
At the premiere of "Mission Impossible 3," Cruise arrived in a swanky Bugatti Veyron, but had difficulty opening the passenger door for his ex-wife Katie Holmes. Videos captured the uncomfortable moment in all its glory, and Bugatti was apparently not too happy with one of its finest cars looking bad at the packed premiere of a highly anticipated film.
Bugatti subsequently decided to ban Cruise from buying its uber-luxurious cars, and as strange as that sounds, the luxury automaker isn’t alone when it comes to distancing itself from certain celebs. For example, Ferrari was none too pleased with Canadian musician and DJ Deadmau5, who gave his Ferrari 458 Italia a generous makeover inspired by the Nyan Cat meme.
Banning celebrities doesn’t mean they are legally prevented from buying a certain brand’s vehicle, but rather that they will not be on the invite list when those companies make a special edition car that will see a few units produced. Individuals like Cruise always have the option of buying a Bugatti from a private dealer or shelling out on a used vehicle.
The Veyron is arguably the most recognizable car to roll off Bugatti's production line, and it also happens to be one of the most well-known hypercars on the planet. Named after company race driver Pierre Veyron, the car boasts 1,000+ horsepower and a top speed of over 248 miles per hour, and reaches 0 to 62 mph in less than three seconds.