The sixth and final model of the exclusive “Les Légendes de Bugatti” (Bugatti Legends) edition honors company founder Ettore Bugatti. As with the five previous Legends, only three of the final Legends model will be produced, each priced at €2.35 million net.
Alongside the world premiere of the Ettore Bugatti Legend, for the first and only time, Bugatti will be presenting all six models of the Legends Edition in Monterey, California on Friday, August 15 at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering and also on Sunday, August 17 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The “Ettore Bugatti” Legend is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse1, as are all the other Legends. The super sports car is powered by a 1,200 PS, 8-litre W16 engine that transmits an unequalled 1,500 Nm at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm to the tarmac. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes 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 design of the carbon body of the Legends model “Ettore Bugatti” is based on a 1932 Type 41 Royale with the chassis number 41111 and sports a “yin-yang” color split. The front part is made of hand-polished aluminium and finished with a clear coating. Bugatti is the only manufacturer to use clear-coated aluminium on a production vehicle.
For the first time, this material is used for the entire front and side panels including the bonnet and the doors. The vehicle’s rear, sill panels and A-pillar trims are finished with dark-blue exposed carbon.
Bugatti is using two types of leather for the first time in the “Ettore Bugatti” Legend. Traditional calf’s leather in a natural brown (Brun Cavalier) is used throughout the vehicle interior. Those parts that are typically touched by hand including the steering wheel rim, gear lever, door handles, centre console armrest and door handle recesses, the switches in the door trims and in the roof module are all jacketed in an exclusive, natural cordovan leather.
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. The figure was originally sculpted by Ettore’s brother, Rembrandt.
Other well-known Legends features have also been included in this vehicle, namely the “Brun Cavalier” leather-clad insert in the centre console extension which bears the “Les Légendes de Bugatti” nameplate and the relief of the dancing elephant as well as the door sills bearing the portrait and signature of Ettore Bugatti.