Bugatti to honor Ettore Bugatti with last Legend
During the week of 11-17 August Bugatti will celebrate the conclusion of its "Les Legendes de Bugatti" edition (Bugatti Legends) with the world premiere of the company's sixth Legend. The car, which is based on the historical model Type 41 Royale, will honor the founder of the Bugatti car company Ettore Bugatti and only three units will be produced, just like with the five previous Legends. A single Ettore Bugatti vehicle will cost EUR 2.35 million. In addition Bugatti will present all six Bugatti Legends together for the first and only time.
"Ettore Bugatti is our ‘patron'. His demand that an automobile be a perfect harmony of technology and aesthetics still applies to us today," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. "Ettore Bugatti always strived for the creation of a total work of art. His ideas and vehicles set the foundation stone for an automobile brand that was lauded then and now as the most valuable in the world. Ettore Bugatti himself is a legend. It was clear from the start that we should dedicate the final Legends model to him personally."
The "Ettore Bugatti" Legend is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, just like all other Legends. The luxurious sports car is driven by a powerful 1200 horsepower (882 kW) 8-liter W16 engine that produces unequalled 1500 Nm (1106 lb.-ft.) of torque at 3000-5000 rpm and takes the car from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 2.6 seconds. In addition the "Ettore Bugatti" Legend reaches a top speed of 408.84 km/h (254 mph), which makes it the world's fastest production roadster ever built.
On the outside the "Ettore Bugatti" Legend is made of carbon and hand-polished aluminum. Bugatti is the only manufacturer to use clear-coated aluminum on a production vehicle. For the first time, this material is used for the entire front and side panels including the bonnet, the mirror bases and housings, the exterior door handles and the corners of the bumpers, the wings, the doors and the regions just behind them, the so-called "medallions" (in French). The vehicle's rear, sill panels and A-pillar trims are finished with dark-blue exposed carbon. The car also features polished, diamond-cut wheel rims with eight spokes and a dark-blue finish.
On the inside the "Ettore Bugatti" Legend makes use of two types of leather - traditional calf's leather – here in a natural brown (Brun Cavalier) – is used throughout the vehicle interior. Cordovan leather is used for the steering wheel rim, gear lever, door handles, center console armrest and door handle recesses, the switches in the door trims and in the roof module. The eye-catching feature of the interior is the platinum-coated dancing elephant that is inset in the cover of the rear centre box and reminiscent of the hood ornament of the Type 41 Royale.
You can see all six models of the Legends Edition on Friday, August 15 at "The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering" and also on Sunday, August 17 at the "Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance".