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BUGATTI LEGEND BLACK BESS x 3

 

Bugatti has announced it will reveal the fifth model in its six-part special series labelled “Les Légendes de Bugatti” (Bugatti Legends) Edition at the Auto China Beijing 2014 auto show.

The “Black Bess” limited edition on display is one of the three only to be built by the French luxury manufacturer owned by the Volkswagen Group.

As with all models in the Edition series, the current Legends model is limited to a run of three vehicles and is available for a net price of € 2.15 million. All twelve units (indeed each is a work of art and crafts) of the four Legend models created so far have been sold.

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    Design Sketch: Scene depicting the historic Type 18 "Black Bess" as well as Roland Garros' airplane, a Morane Saulnier Type H.

     

    The ultimate Bugatti Veyron Vitesse takes its «Black Bess» name from the legendary Type 18 “Black Bess”, which went down in automotive history as one of the first ever street legal super sports cars (indeed a racing car for the road). An original Bugatti Type 18 will also be on display in Beijing.

    The Type 18 was one of the most important Bugattis of the pre-war era, both ahead of its time and in a league of its own thanks to its impressive technical features. With a 4-cylinder in-line engine and five-litre capacity, the vehicle was capable of producing over 100 PS. With a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph), a feat deemed virtually unbelievable for the times, the Type 18 was a true racing thoroughbred and the fastest road vehicle around.

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    “As the fastest road vehicle of its time, the Type 18 was in a class of its own. It truly is the legitimate forerunner for the Veyron, and is therefore a Bugatti Legend.” Stressed Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. adding that: «Over the course of its history, Bugatti has not only been responsible for crafting enormously successful race cars, but has also created some outstanding road vehicles.»

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    As is the case with all of the Legend vehicles, the “Black Bess” is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. Its 1,200 PS, 8 litre W16 engine achieves an unparalleled torque of 1,500 Nm at 3,000–5,000 rpm, and can accelerate from 0–100 km in 2.6 seconds. With a maximum speed of 408.84 km/h with the roof down, the Vitesse is the fastest production roadster ever built.

     

    All the details.

     

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    Bugatti Vitesse "Black Bess" Legend

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    With its fifth model in the six-part "Les Légendes de Bugatti" (Bugatti Legends) Edition, Bugatti has revived the legendary Type 18 "Black Bess.

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    {jcomments on}Carbon fibre body with gold-coloured stripes starting below the headlights and radiating out over the front wings towards the rear, before tapering off at the end of the door line

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    Bugatti horseshoe coated in 24-carat gold

    tapering off at the end of the door line

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    Black rims and hub covers sporting a brilliant 24-carat gold finish and the EB logo

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    Fuel cap engraved with the "Black Bess" nameplate and elegantly finished with gold paint

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     Platinum EB logo coated in 24-carat gold

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     Door sill bearing the image of the Type 18 "Black Bess"

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    EB logo coated with 24-carat gold on the cover of the rear storage compartment finished in beige leather and hand-painted with motifs showing the historic vehicle

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    Door panels upholstered in "Havanna" leather and hand- painted with scenes of the historic Type 18 "Black Bess" as well as Roland Garros' airplane, a Morane Saulnier Type H

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    Door panels upholstered in "Havanna" leather and hand- painted with scenes of the historic Type 18 "Black Bess" as well as Roland Garros' airplane, a Morane Saulnier Type H

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    Selector lever and centre console panel refined with high- quality rosewood

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    Bugatti Legend " Centre console insert with "Les Légendes de Bugatti" logo and the Dancing Elephant (the symbol for the Legend edition) refined with a gold finish

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     Present meets past: Bugatti Vitesse Legend "Black Bess" next to the Bugatti Type 18 "Black Bess" and a Morane Saulnier Type H

    PHOTO GALLERY

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