8th Sep 2014
Final Veyron legend
If Holden wants to give the Commodore a kick along you can bank on a limited edition ‘Equipe’ pack hitting dealer forecourts at driveaway prices. But when you’re dealing with one of the most exclusive and expensive, not to mention fastest cars in the world, it’s a slightly different story.
The sixth and final model in the ultra-exclusive ‘Les Légendes de Bugatti’ series of Veyrons will be shown on August 15 at ‘The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering’ (August 15) and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (August 17), during this year’s Monterey Car Week in California, USA.
Honouring company founder Ettore Bugatti, the ‘Legend Ettore Bugatti’ is based on the 883kW/1500Nm Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, and is claimed to blast from 100 km/h in 2.6secs, with a maximum speed of 408.84 km/h
Inspired by the imposing Bugatti Type 41 Royale, of which just six were built in the late 1920s and early ‘30s, the front of this special Veyron is made of hand-polished aluminium, finished with a clear coating. The rear (sill panels and A-pillar trims) is finished in dark-blue exposed carbon.
The interior is trimmed in two types of leather; the majority in traditional, natural brown calf’s hide, while parts typically touched by hand (steering wheel rim, gear lever, door handles, centre console armrest, door handle recesses, switches in the door trims and roof module) are wrapped in extra durable cordovan (equine) leather.
Major interior highlight is a platinum-coated dancing elephant, inset in the cover of the rear centre console, reminiscent of the hood ornament of the Type 41 Royale, originally sculpted by Ettore’s brother, Rembrandt.
If you fancy slipping one of the three examples to be produced into your garage, prepare to part with $3.4 million.
It’s also worth noting, for the first and only time, Bugatti will present all six of the Legends Edition models (Jean-Pierre Wimille, Jean Bugatti, Meo Costantini, Rembrandt Bugatti, Black Bess, Ettore Bugatti) at Monterey this year.
8th Sep 2014