After unveiling the tribute-paying Bugatti Veyron Jean-Pierre Wimille edition at Pebble Beach in California, Bugatti has now taken the wraps off the second addition to its “Les Légendes de Bugatti” (Bugatti Legends) series — the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse “Jean Bugatti”.
The Bugatti Legends series will consist of six special edition models that celebrate the people who have played a crucial role in the French automaker’s storied history. As implied by its name, the “Jean Bugatti” model pays tribute to the oldest son of company founder Ettore Bugatti and his most famous creation, the Type 57SC Atlantic.
As the most gifted of Ettore’s four children, Jean used his own structural and design ideas to greatly influence influence over the development of the company, securing a place in automotive history thanks to his pioneering engine and chassis designs and concepts for vehicle bodies.
Like the Type 57SC Atlantic, the Veyron Jean Bugatti features a jet black, clear-coated carbon fiber exterior finish and diamond-cut alloy wheels. The front grille is surrounded by Platinum, while Jean Bugatti’s signature was lasered onto the petrol and oil cap and then painted in Arctic grey.
Inside, the seats, instrument panel, steering wheel, dash panel, centre console, door trim panels and windscreen crossmember are all covered in chocolate brown. “Type 57” is embroidered onto the doors using contrasting beige silk thread.
Under the hood is the same ol’ W16 8.0-liter quad-turbo engine found in the regular Grand Sport Vitesse. It produces 1,200 horsepower and 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) of torque, enough to launch the supercar from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.6 seconds.
Like all the models in the Legend series, production of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse “Jean Bugatti” will be limited to just three units, with each costing 2.28 million euros ( tax and other charges).
Is Bugatti Working On More Hardcore Chiron Than The Divo?
Because the Divo just isn’t hardcore enough…
Despite sharing most of its parts with the Chiron, the that, unlike the Chiron, can actually handle well on a race track. Well, Bugatti thinks it can do better than the Divo.
The reportedly received word from sources familiar with the matter that the companyis planning an even more extreme Chiron, one possibly wearing the ‘Super Sport’ badge. Sketches of the car were supposedly shown to VIP customers at the Divo’s unveiling.
Described as “a beauty of speed” and a “ground-to-ground Missile”, the super duper Chiron is claimed to be powered by the same 8.0L quad-turbo W16 engine found under the hood of both the Chiron and Divo, but its output will pass 1,500 horsepower mark.
It will be produced in extremely limited numbers — 20 to 40 units are planned — much like the Divo.
Bugatti hasn’t confirmed anything, but if the report is accurate, we’ll see the more hardcore Chiron at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
A Bugatti SUV Seems More Likely By The Day
Bugatti seems to really want an SUV.
Less than two months after hinting at the possibility of its first-ever SUV, Bugatti hits the news wave with yet more hints.
At the 2018 Paris Motor Show, company CEO Stephan Winkelmann told that his team is discussing a range of chassis and engine variants and an SUV that fits with the brand’s billionaire target audience. He also alluded to the fact that its trademark W-16 engine won’t be around forever.
Bugatti is not impervious to industry trends and will likely introduce a hybrid powertrain at some point, one that could potentiality be used by the new SUV.
“The brand is ready for more,” Winkelmann said. While there will be no expansion to the lineup if it is not economically viable, is there really anything hotter on the market than SUVs and crossovers?
An SUV with Bugatti’s brand image and engineering pedigree surely cannot fail, especially when considering it will be targeted at ridiculously wealthy individuals with a bottomless pit of money.
How Does The Idea Of A Bugatti SUV Sound?
The SUV-crossover segment might be too lucrative to ignore.
Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann has hinted that the brand is ready for a second model, and it could be an SUV.
During the reveal of the Bugatti Divo (pictured) at Pebble Beach 2018, Winkelmann revealed to that Bugatti is ready to expand its lineup, stating “It’s clear that if we do something different from a super-sports car like the Chiron, then it would not be enough just to be in love with one type of car.”
When asked if the second Bugatti would be a sedan or an SUV, he replied “We would look at every bodystyle and regional demand and not put our money into something that is fading.”
As you probably know, the SUV and crossover segments are anything but fading and are, in fact, growing perceptibly at the expense of all other segments, especially four door sedans. So Winkelmann stating that Bugatti is not interested in participating in a “fading” segment suggests that a Bugatti SUV is at least under consideration.
If Bugatti is truly working on an SUV, how do you want it to turn out? Let us know in the comments below.