The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess is the fifth model in the six-part “Les Légendes de Bugatti” (Bugatti Legends) series. Rather than pay tribute to a person, this special Veyron is a fitting homage to the Type 18 “Black Bess”, an iconic sports car described as “one of the first ever street legal super sports cars.”
Produced when none of us were alive and named after an English race horse, Black Bess was powered by a 5.0-liter inline-four engine that produced more than 100 horsepower, enough to launch it to a top speed of 100 mph (161 km/h). Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti drove it in several races, winning the 1912 Mont Ventoux hill climb.
Only seven models were ever produced, one of which went to famous French aviator Roland Garros after he successfully crossed the Mediterranean in an airplane.
Back to the future, where 100 hp and a top speed of 100 mph are child’s play. The tributary Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is powered by an 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbo engine that produces 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb-ft (1,500 Nm) of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.6 seconds before hitting a top speed of 253 mph (408 km/h). My, how the times have changed…
What sets the exterior of this Veyron apart from the others in the Legends series are its all-black exterior accented by thin gold stripe and the genuine 24-karat gold inlay on the horseshoe. Inside, it features light beige and brown upholstery; dashboard, cowl panel and door trim panel covered in Havanna leather; and a steering wheel wrapped in red Crimson leather.
The door panels display hand-painted images Type 18 Black Bess, as well as Roland Garros’ airplane, the Morane Saulnier Type H.
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Arrives with More Power, Better Performance
Porsche rounded out its 718 lineup by unveiling the 2017 Cayman at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show. The German sports coupe joins the 718 Boxster roadster.
The new 718 Cayman has near identical technical specifications to its soft top counterpart. The naturally-aspirated flat-six engines of the previous model have been replaced with a two-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower and 280lb-ft of torque and, in the more capable Cayman S, a 2.5-liter engine that produces 350 horsepower and 309lb-ft.
Each powerplant boasts 25-horsepower more than their respective predecessor, and Porsche claims that the base Cayman only requires 4.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour, while the Cayman S does the deed in 4.0 seconds flat.
Porsche also re-engineered the suspension and upgraded the brakes to accommodate the increased performance. Depending on the region, a six-speed manual transmission and/or seven-speed PDK twin-clutch automatic will be available.
Torque vectoring is optional, as are various individual upgrades.
For the first time ever, the Cayman is now priced lower than the equivalent Boxster. Prices in the United State start at at $54,950 (including destination) for the base model and at $67,350 for the Cayman S.
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Citroen C6 Has Been Revived for China Better Than Ever
Four years after the original model was cancelled in Europe, the Citroen C6 has been resurrected as a China-only model, making its world debut at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show.
The new C6 might very well be a Dongfeng Fengshen A9, which itself is based on PSA Peugeot Citroën’s EMP2 platform. It is less distinctively-styled than its predecessor, which , but comes across as a handsome executive sedan that will surely turn heads with its bold grille.
With an overall length of over 16 feet and a wheelbase of 9.5 feet, it offers more than enough roof four give passengers. The luxurious interior can be equipped with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a large touchscreen display for infotainment duties, Nappa leather seats, four-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof.
The Citroen C6 is believed to be powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter gasoline engine that produces 204 horsepower and 280 newton meters of torque, sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
An even more luxurious DS-branded edition of the large sedan will likely be introduced later on.
Acura CDX Small SUV Debuts in China, Based on Honda HR-V
Acura used the 21016 Beijing Motor Show to show off its newest model, the CDX. The small SUV is the first Acura to be built in China.
Although based on the same platform that underpins the Honda HR-V, the CDX looks completely different from the Honda, featuring a unique front fascia highlighted by a bold hexagonal grille and headlight design inspired by the Acura Precision Concept that debuted earlier at the Detroit Auto Show.
The rear end is more subdued, but still looks like nothing seen on the HR-V.
Opening the front doors reveals a uniquely Acura interior with a higher quality materials and more available options than any Honda of its size.
A 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine is the only powerplant Chinese buyers get, at least initially, and it produces 182 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque. Both front- and all-wheel drive configurations are available, each with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Acura CDX goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2016. It is unclear if the Japanese automaker will sell the compact luxury crossover in North America, Europe and other markets, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually does considering how red-hot the global crossover-SUV segment is.