Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatti Heads to Pebble Beach
The final of six "Legends" versions of the Bugatti Veyron makes its debut at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The car, called the Ettore Bugatti, honors the company's eponymous founder, and is designed with inspiration taken from a 1932 Bugatti Type 41 Royale.
As with every previous "Legends" models, this car is based on the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. The convertible packs a 1200-hp, 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W-16 engine that can hustle the car to 62 mph in 2.6 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 254 mph.
On the outside, the special-edition Bugatti Veyron features a "yin-yang" color scheme split aft of its doors. The front half of the car is finished in clear-coated aluminum, while the rear wears dark-blue carbon fiber. Special eight-spoke wheels were commissioned for the car to match the design Ettore Bugatti created for some of his early racing cars. His signature is painted in silver on the fuel filler cap.
For the cabin, the Bugatti Veyron uses two different types of leather. Most of the interior is covered in a brown calf leather, but everything a driver or passenger might touch -- including the steering wheel, door handles, and armrests -- is instead covered in a darker cordovan leather. There's also a relief of a platinum dancing elephant, based on a design created by Ettore Bugatti's brother, Rembrandt.
Just three copies will be produced, at a price of €2.35 million each -- or about $3.2 million. The car will be displayed alongside the five other Legends models (the first time all six have been shown together) first at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering on Friday August 15, and then subsequently on Sunday August 17 at the Pebble Beach Concours.
Previous Bugatti Veyron Legends cars include the "Black Bess" revealed in Beijing and the Rembrandt Bugatti shown at the Geneva auto show. Bugatti has almost totally sold out of the current Veyron; the replacement will reportedly use hybrid power and could boast as much as 1500 hp when it arrives in 2015.