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It’s the final Bugatti ‘Legends’ edition
Well, sort of. This is, at least, the last in the ‘Legends’ line of Veyrons. Last year at Pebble Beach, Bugatti announced six special edition models would be built, in very limited numbers, celebrating Bugatti’s past heroes. You can read about the others here, here, here, here and, um, here.
One year later, and at this year’s Pebble, we’re promised the final, sixth, Veyron Legend. And fittingly, it honours Bugatti’s founder himself, Mr Ettore Bugatti.
As with all other Veyron Legends, the Ettore Veyron is based on the Grand Sport Vitesse, complete with that monster 8.0-litre W16 engine knocking out a very reasonable 1200bhp, a 0-62mph time of 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 254mph. It is of course, the world’s fastest production roadster.
That’s the inside, but what about the outside? The design, we’re told, is inspired by Bugatti’s Type 41 of 1932, with a ‘yin-yang’ colour split. You’ll notice that Bugatti has applied a clear-coated aluminium finish to the bonnet, the entire face, the wings, the doors and indeed, the wing mirrors.
The rear is finished in dark-blue exposed carbon, there are polished, diamond-cut wheels, platinum EB/Bugatti badging at the rear, natural brown calf’s leather throughout the interior, alongside natural cordovan leather too. The tanning process for this, we’re told, takes six months. Ooh.
Then there are the usual flourishes we’ve come to expect from these Veyron Legends: a platinum coated dancing elephant (not a real one, thankfully) inset in the cover of the rear centre box, and Ettore’s own signature engraved into the tank and oil cap. Just in case you forget, y’know, which name adorns your €2.35 million hypercar.
Bugatti will build just three of these Ettore Veyrons, each costing £1.9 million. At Pebble later this month, they’ll showcase all six Legends in one fell swoop, in case you’re feeling particularly inadequate.
Of course, we know that the Veyron’s chapter is itself coming to a close soon too, with confirmation that the next Bugatti - in whatever shape that will take - will arrive in 2016. And we’re promised it will be ‘incredible’…