Would the Dubai auto show be the Dubai auto show without the launch a special-edition Bugatti Veyron variant? Of course not – so it’s no surprise to learn Bugatti used the show to debut the latest in its Bugatti Legends series of Veyrons, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Meo Costantini.
The Bugatti whozit? If you remember Bugatti’s original pitch for this “Bugatti Legends” series of cars, each special-edition Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse pays homage to significant figures in the automaker’s history. Bartolomeo “Meo” Costantini may not be a household name today, but he played an active part in the automaker’s racing pursuits after World War I. Behind the wheel of a Type 35, Costantini won the Targa Florio in both 1925 and 1926, and won both the Spanish Grand Prix and Grand Prix of Milan on 1926. Shortly afterward, he retired from driving, but helmed Bugatti’s competition department until 1935.
It isn’t surprising to learn Costantini’s namesake Veyron was inspired by a racing Bugatti, but Bugatti’s design team employed some unique touches in order to avoid stepping on the toes of the earlier Jean-Pierre Wimille Legends Veyron, which was also patterned after a Bugatti race car. The majority of the Meo Costantini Veyron’s exterior is painted in a new “Dark Blue Sport” paint, developed exclusively for this model, but the aluminum doors, fenders, and front bumper are hand-polished to perfection and bathed in clearcoat. Costantini’s signature is laser-etched into the aluminum fuel and oil caps, while the outline of the Targa Florio course is painted on the underside of the rear wing, visible primarily while the car is braking.
Predictably, the Veyron Grand Sport Vittesse Meo Costantini’s two-tone interior is trimmed entirely in leather. The headliner, footwells, seat inserts, and rear cockpit walls are all clad in cognac-colored hides, while the seat cushions, arm rests, center console, door panels, dashboard, and steering wheel wear “Lake Blue” leathers. Light blue decorative stitching is scattered throughout the cabin, and is used to embroider Costantini’s signature into the headrests. A polished aluminum relief of the Targa Florio circuit is affixed to the rear cargo box cover, but is nowhere as interesting as the inner door panels. The leather inserts have been laser engraved with a scene depicting Costantini in action, leading a pack of competitors while driving his Bugatti Type 35.
Like other Bugatti Legends Veyrons, the Meo Costantini car is mechanically identical to a Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. 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. Bugatti says pricing is set at just north of $2.8 million, and as is the case with each iteration of Veyron Bugatti Legends, only three examples of the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Meo Costantini will be built.