It is the modern iteration of the Holy Grail of motoring. The original Veyron brought to the world the ten commandments, re-written and fleshed out in every possible way imaginable. The 8-litre, W16 engine embraced with 4 turbochargers broken the 1000bhp barrier for a production car back in 2005. But as it goes with all things material, the extraordinary one day becomes the ordinary and once in a while has to be resurrected to find its place at the epitome of perfection. The Veyron was succeeded by the Grand Sport and finally the Super Sport which event today stands as the “World’s Fasted Production Car” with a top speed of 431kmph. Infact the Grand Sport Vitesse is the only car in the world that checks the box for a roadster capable of 400kmph speeds (although restricted to 369kmph with the roof down). Highly unrecommended speeds for the roads though, but what a thing to boast about, if you have one, that is.
There is a lot to talk about what the Veyron is capable of. Still, Bugatti is having trouble finding a home for the last lot of the Veyrons. Think of it this way; As a beauty pageant judge, it’s always going to be a near impossible job to judge a winner purely based on their beauty. And that’s the way it is with Super- and Hyper Cars today. For the asking price of $1.5 million one has many options to choose from, and from many equally glorified manufacturers. Thus, Bugatti is still left with a bunch of unsold cars that amount to a total of $ 85 million. To aid in selling the last lot of the 450 planned examples, Bugatti, back in 2013 launched the “Les Légendes de Bugatti” (Legends of Bugatti) – A series of limited edition cars that are inspired the heroes of Bugatti throughout their illustrious 105 years of existence. The Legends series is based on the Grand Sport Vitesse and has been an expedient strategy in the countdown to sell the last of the Veyrons.
The “Black Bess” is the fifth and the penultimate instalment in the Bugatti Legends series succeeding the previous “Meo Constantini” edition paying tribute to aviator, racing car driver and sporting manager of Bugatti, Bartolomeo Constantini. The Black Bess gets its inspiration from the Bugatti Type 18 which was one of the first street legal super sports cars the world had seen. Winning the 1912 Mont Ventoux hill climb event, the Type 18 only sold to a handpicked group of elite customers, of which Roland Garros was one. The French aviator was one of the first to cross the Mediterranean in an airplane and was a winner of a long list of aviation events, had nicknamed his Type 18 “Black Bess”.
The modern day Black Bess carries all the traditional performance and luxury of the Grand Sport Vitesse garnished by exclusive one-off construction. The exterior is made entirely out of carbon fibre painted in black with the Bugatti horseshoe, and the “Black Bess” on the fuel filler cap coated in 24-carat gold. On the insides, the leather gets special treatment too. There are sketches of the Roland Garros airplane and his Type 18 “Black Bess”. To make sure that the sketches stand the test of time, Bugatti has used a special ink that prevents aberration wear. The insides too get the gold plated treatment making with the EB logo. Launched back in April at the Beijing Auto Show, these cars most probably are already in some automobile connoisseurs garage by now. Although, since there is no official word from Bugatti on their availability, if you might fancy this limited edition, do carry a bit extra money, something that amounts to, say about $ 3.0 million.