The idea of a "limited edition" Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse model is a bit ridiculous, considering only 150 examples of the wild supercar will ever be manufactured. Regardless, that hasn't stopped Bugatti from crafting a number of bespoke or limited-edition variants, including the new 2013 Bugatti Veyron Jean Bugatti Legend Edition, which debuts at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Named in honor of Jean Bugatti, the eldest son of Bugatti patriarch Ettore Bugatti, this new Veyron is the second in Bugatti's line of Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse models entitled "Les Legendes de Bugatti." Designed to pay homage to prominent figures in Bugatti's history, the series will ultimately consist of five different models, including the Veyron Jean-Pierre Wimille model shown at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
There's little arguing Jean Bugatti was an important figure in Bugatti's corporate history. Beginning in the 1920s, he began helping engineer and shape Bugatti automobiles, staring with the Type 41 Royale roadster. Jean is also credited with the design of the Type 50, Type 55, and Type 57 -- including the legendary Type 57 Atlantic coupe. He essentially assumed responsibility for the company in 1931, but formally took over Bugatti's automotive operations in 1936, at the age of 27. Sadly, his tenure would prove all too brief, as he died in a freak accident while testing the Type 57 C Tank -- a car that just won the 24 Hours of Le Mans -- at over 125 mph.
The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse that bears Jean Bugatti's name is patterned after "La Voiture Noire," a supercharged, black Type 57SC Atlantic once driven by Jean himself. As Achim Anscheidt says, that car was more than just a personal vehicle. "It was his most impressive work of art," Anscheidt notes in a prepared release, "which combined breathtakingly sporty dimensions with fluid, elegant lines."
The Veyron Jean Bugatti Legend Edition is black, but devoid of paint. Instead, its dark hue is the byproduct of clearcoated carbon fiber body panels. The signature horseshoe grille surround and the large "EB" emblem on the rear of the car are both fabricated from platinum. Although Bugatti has used some exotic materials as trim elements in the past -- need we remind you of the ceramic interior of the Veyron L'Or Blanc? -- the automaker says this is the first time it has applied platinum décor to a Veyron. Other unique touches include the diamond-turned wheels with black accents, and Jean Bugatti's signature laser-etched into both the fuel and oil caps.
The Veyron Jean Bugatti Legend Edition's interior is also patterned after La Voiture Noire. Trimmed entirely in leather, the car boasts the same beige and brown hues found in Jean's personal Type 57SC. The seats, center console, door panels, and windshield header are all trimmed in a dark, chocolate brown leather, while a lighter "beige silk" hide is applied to the extended center console, outer door trim panels, and the door handle recesses. The EB logo on the steering wheel is also made from platinum, but it's hardly the most noteworthy design element. That honor likely goes to the embroidery applied to the inner door panels, which emulates the outline of the Type 57SC Atlantic.
Like the other Legends-grade Veyron, the Veyron Jean Bugatti Legend Edition is essentially mechanically identical to "normal" Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse models. The quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W-16 produces a wild 1200 hp and 1106 lb-ft of torque between 3000-5000 rpm. With that sort of power, the Veyron can rocket from 0-62 mph in 2.6 seconds. Despite being fitted with a supercharger, it's safe to say La Voiture Noire was never capable of such speeds.
As is the case with each of the "Legends de Bugatti cars," only three examples of the Veyron Jean Bugatti Legend Edition will be manufactured. U.S. pricing hasn't been announced, but in Europe, the Bugatti Veyron Jean Bugatti Legend Edition commands a pre-tax price tag of roughly $3 million.