One year ago, Bugatti launched the exclusive model series “Les Légendes de Bugatti” during the Monterey Car Week with the first Legend. This year, the crowning conclusion will be held on August 15 at “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” with the world première of the company’s sixth Legend.
The final vehicle will honor Ettore Bugatti, founder and patron of the brand, and is based on the historical model Type 41 Royale. As with the five previous Legends, only three of the final Legends model will be produced. It costs €2.35 million (equivalent to $3.14 million at today’s rates). Bugatti is presenting 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 brand’s values of “Art, Form, Technique” define this unique approach. Under his leadership, vehicles were produced that were ahead of their times both technically and stylistically. Two such vehicles are the Type 57 SC Atlantic and the Type 41 Royale that Ettore Bugatti built as the most powerful and luxurious car of its time. The Type 41 Royale serves as the historical basis for this Bugatti Legend.
The “Ettore Bugatti” Legend is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, as are all the other Legends. The super sports car is powered by a 1,200 PS, 8-litre W16 engine that transmits an unequaled 1,500 Nm at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm to the tarmac and rockets it from zero to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds. With a maximum speed of 408.84 km/h (254 MPH) with the roof down, the Vitesse is the world’s fastest production roadster ever built.
The signature of the company’s founder Ettore Bugatti is engraved into the tank and oil cap and painted in silver.
To mark the occasion, Bugatti will assemble one example each of the entire Legend series at Pebble Beach, bringing the Ettore Bugatti edition with the Jean-Pierre Wimille, Jean Bugatti, Meo Costantini, Rembrandt Bugatti and Black Bess editions all together for one multi-million-dollar send off.
Once production is completed, Bugatti will likely announce its next step, which is expected to be an even faster, more powerful supercar that could pair the W16 engine to an electric motor for hybrid propulsion. We eagerly await further details.
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