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Bugatti uncovers the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess, the fifth Legends Edition

When Bugatti launched the first “Les Légendes de Bugatti” Edition, we didn’t like the idea as we knew it was just a marketing thing to get rid of all the Veyron models it didn’t sell. Meanwhile, after seeing the model dedicated to the design genius and son of company founder Ettore Bugatti, the Meo Costantini Edition and the model dedicated to Rembrandt Bugatti, we admit that we became huge fans of these special editions.

Now, the fifth model has arrived and as its name says it, this special edition revives the iconic Bugatti Type 18 “Black Bess”. For those who don’t know, this model was the first-ever street legal super sports car and one of the most important Bugatti model of the pre-war era. The Type 18 was powered by a 5.0-liter 4-cylinder in-line engine capable to generate over 100 hp and to push the vehicle to a top speed of 160 km/h or 100 mph, an unbelievable number for the time.

Ettore Bugatti drove the Black Bess in races and he secured a win in his class in the 1912 Mont Ventoux hill climb. Despite its success, Bugatti only built 7 vehicles and sold them to an extremely select group of customers. One of these customers was the famed and celebrated French aviation pioneer Roland Garros, the man who successfully crossed the Mediterranean in an airplane in 1912.

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2013 Dubai Motor Show: Bugatti Legend “Meo Costantini” introduced

Bugatti introduced the Legend “Meo Costantini”, its third model in the six-part edition “Les Legendes de Bugatti”. As its name says it, this special edition of the Veyron Grand Sport is dedicated to Meo Costantini and is reminiscent of the Bugatti Type 35 a.k.a. one of the most successful racing cars of all time.

The new supercar was introduced at the 2013 Dubai Motor Show and as we said it pays tribute to Meo Costantini, a close friend of the company’s founder Ettore Bugatti as well as the head of Bugatti’s factory race team for many years, but also a driver, winning the Targa Florio two times in the Type 35. The Legend Edition “Meo Costantini” costs 2.09 million euros, excluding taxes and transport, and if you want one you’d better hurry up as only three units will be available.

Just like the Vitesse “Jean Pierre Wimille and the Vitesse ”Jean Bugatti”, the Legend “Meo Costantini” is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, which means it uses the same 8-liter W16 engine rated at 1,200 hp and 1,500 Nm of torque. With these numbers, it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.6 seconds and has a top speed of 408 km/h (253 mph) with the roof down.

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Bugatti unveils unique Grand Sport Vitesse for Lang Lang

Bugatti took inspiration from a concert grand piano to build a Grand Sport Vitesse in celebration of the concert by prominent pianist Lang Lang in Molsheim, France. The one-off model is inspired by the Type 57 Atalante and features black-tinted carbon fiber and Blanc Atalante paint meant to imitate piano keys.

This two-tone styling could be seen further in the cabin as the car has white leather door pads with black contrast stitching that is intended to bring to mind "note lines" on sheet music. In addition, the steering wheel has piano black trim and gold-plated accents.

Just like the standard model, the car is equipped with a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine that delivers 1,200 HP (882 kW) and 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) of torque. It is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, enabling the model to make the zero to 100 km/h sprint in 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 408.84 km/h (253 mph) if it has its roof down.

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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Legend Jean Pierre Wimille arrives at Pebble Beach

As it promised, Bugatti brought the first of its five Legends (or Les Legendes de Bugatti) cars at Pebble Beach this weekend. For those who don’t know, the first vehicle is dedicated to company’s longest-serving test driver, Jean-Pierre Wimille and it is based on the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. Under the hood of this beauty is the same 8.0-liter W16 engine developing 1,200 PS and a maximum torque of 1,500 Nm @ 3,000 – 5,000 rpm.

The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse zooms from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 253 mph or almost 409 km/h. Regarding the vehicle you see in the photos, this draws inspiration from the iconic Bugatti Type 57G Tank driven by Jean-Pierre Wimille at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1937.

The legendary vehicle won the 24 hour race and the new Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse features the same Le Mans-inspired graphics as well as lasered logos of Jean Pierre Wimille’s signature.

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