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Art of Bugatti Exhibition Goes Beyond Cars

Art of Bugatti Exhibition Goes Beyond Cars

The world of the automobile would be significantly poorer without the legacy of Ettore Bugatti. Just the 1924 Type 35 confirms this but Bugatti’s legendary vision also obscures other facets of the family’s creativity, which a new retrospective at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California aims to address. Yes, there is more to the Bugatti name than Ettore and more to that legacy than beautiful cars.

Set to open to the public October 23, “The Art of Bugatti” is as much a showcase of fine art, sculpture and furnishings as it is of the engineering genius that made cars such as the 1927 Bugatti 35C unbeatable on the track.

“The Bugattis were an incredibly fascinating family and their history, like all families, is filled with both triumph and tragedy,” said Peter Mullin, chairman of the board of directors for the Petersen.

Art of Bugatti Exhibition Goes Beyond Cars

The Petersen Automotive Museum presents The Art of Bugatti.

Ettore is indeed the most conventionally famous Bugatti, thanks to those superlative automotive designs and the legacy of the same, kept alive by hypercars such as the Bugatti Veyron and the new Chiron – both of which will be on display. But this Italian-born family was overflowing with artistic capability.

“Their incredible aptitude for art and engineering is unparalleled by any family before or since and their legacy is worthy of celebration,” explained Mullin, who is providing several classic Bugattis from his personal collection for the year-long retrospective. “It’s a great honor to share these works with the public.”

“The Art of Bugatti” begins its journey with a look at the life of Carlo Bugatti – Ettore’s father – including the skills he mastered, from fine art to furniture design, before showcasing the work of his children and grandchildren.

Art of Bugatti Exhibition Goes Beyond Cars

A 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante

“The Art of Bugatti is a show unlike any other,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry Karges. “The quality and variety of the art and automobiles on display is incredible and it truly gives a unique insight into the history of a fascinating and talented family. Art of Bugatti is an exhibition that isn’t to be missed.”

And that is true simply for the show’s automotive content. Vehicles on display will include a Type 41 Royale, Type 57 Atalante, Type 35 and Type 46, in addition to the ill-fated EB110 (1991-1995) and the aforementioned Chiron. Each model was chosen because of the role it played in the company’s or the wider automotive industry’s evolution.

The exhibition will receive its grand gala premiere on October 22, hosted by British comedian, actor and talk show host, James Corden, before opening officially to the public on October 23.

Art of Bugatti Exhibition Goes Beyond Cars

A 1930 Bugatti Type 46

Giorgio Armani Capsule for Bugatti

Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani and French carmaker Bugatti have joined forces for a capsule collection of luxury ready-to-wear clothing and accessories, showcasing the elegance and expertise that characterize the two brands.

The “Giorgio Armani for Bugatti” range is a high-end men’s clothing and accessories collection aimed at sophisticated gents. It features superior-quality materials, such as calfskin, crocodile, cashmere and suede, used to craft a series of limited edition and individually numbered garments and accessories.

“It was very natural to come together with Bugatti. We both worship things that are made well, made to last, created out of the best materials. The capsule condenses this encounter in a series of clothes and accessories designed to be worn by men who only look for the best and who live an active and dynamic lifestyle,” explains Giorgio Armani.

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Due to land for the autumn/winter 2016-2017 season, the collection uses the symbols of the Bugatti brand, notably the horseshoe emblem seen on the front of its cars and the color blue. More generally, the collection’s color palette ranges from blue to cognac to khaki green.

The collection includes a wide range of luxury accessories, including a handmade calfskin briefcase — also available in matte crocodile skin — a weekend bag, belts, washbags, wallets and iPad cases.

As for clothing, the “Giorgio Armani for Bugatti” range features a coat and a jacket in double cashmere, cashmere sweaters, a leather jacket, denim jeans, a cashmere cap, a sports blazer in crocodile skin and calfskin sneakers.

The “Giorgio Armani for Bugatti” collection is due out August 2016 in selected Giorgio Armani stores and in Bugatti lifestyle boutiques.

4 Supercars Dominating Goodwood 2016

The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in England has always been a great opportunity for various automobile marques to showcase their best creations. This year’s festival is no different, as our previous story on this subject indicates and our selection of highlights proves. We have already witnessed a comeback by sportscar company Alpine with its 11 model display in the festival, but quite a number of notable supercars showed up as well. Ranging from names like Ferrari to Mercedes – these are four of the biggest show-stealing supercars at Goodwood.

Ferrari

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The company dropped a couple of cars never before seen in the UK. Among those, though, the cream of the crop was definitely the Ferrari 458 MM Speciale. This bespoke commission was based on the standard 458 Speciale and boasts of a variety of uniquely reworked features.

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Even more exclusively tailored was the drop-top variant of Aston Martin’s Vantage GT12 coupe – the Vantage GT12 Roadster, done up by the bespoke department of Aston Martin. With its carbon fiber stylings and beefed up performance, it made for quite a ferocious model among the other cars to appear at the festival. In fact, to further maintain its exclusivity, the client who requested the model paid a premium so that no other Aston client could ask for something similar.

Bugatti

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Although it is yet to be confirmed as the world’s fastest production super sports car by Guinness, the Bugatti Chiron roared into action at Goodwood with its 1500PS and 420km/h top speed. It has already stood out in its rarity, desirability and collectability – with only 500 models scheduled for production, the first 200 are already spoken for.

Mercedes

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Even with the sheer power of the Chiron on display though, it was the Mercedes-AMG GT R that potentially made the deepest impression on the crowd. In the twisting circuits set out by the festival, it proved to be the direct competitor to the Porsche 911 GT3 in terms of thrills, spills and track-friendly performance. The active aerodynamics in the design, coupled with its 4-liter twin-turbo V8 (which outputs 585hp), as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and active rear-wheel steering – made it a pleasure to behold in action. Best of all, its production isn’t restricted, and it’ll go for around $200,000 at the end of the year.

Bugatti Chiron to Race at Goodwood

Rejoice all ye Bugatti watchers because the Goodwood Festival of Speed organizers have confirmed that the latest multi-million-dollar Bugatti creation is coming to this year’s event. The vaunted and much-lauded speedster will take on the hill climb course in its first-ever public performance.

The new car, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show just three months ago, has 1,500 horses chomping at the bit (Wikipedia says 1,479) and an insane 261mph+ (420kmh, which is faster than any Formula 1 car ever) top speed. Needless to say, it is one of the rarest and most expensive and potentially collectible cars money can currently buy. Only 500 units will be made and more than a quarter are already spoken for. Oh yes, the expected price is north of $2.6 million…

The Bugatti Chiron is going to be put through its paces on the legendary hill climb course at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, and will be racing on every single day of the event. Who knows how many hypercars it will slay over the course of the three-day event?

The appearance will be the first time that it has been on British shores since its launch, and the fact that it will be racing, rather than sitting on a revolving stand, is a world first. How will Chiron perform? We know the people at Koenigsegg will be watching closely…

This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is at Goodwood House, Sussex, England from June 23-26.

Venom GT Spyder Hits Convertible Record

Up against supercar giants such as Ferrari, McLaren, Lamborghini and Bugatti, Hennessey Performance came up with the Venom GT as a speed-demon contender hypercar in 2010. Now, for their 25th anniversary, Hennessey took the Venom GT Spyder variant for a run to check its open-top speed, and hit a record breaking 265.6mph peak, beating the 254.04mph record for the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Vitesse.

Unfortunately, the record isn’t official, even though the speed was independently verified by Racelogic Vbox. Guinness only considers cars as valid production cars if more than 30 identical examples can be built. Still, it’s quite an underdog victory for a car that was built off a Lotus Exige, with a bit of extra American engineering knowhow. On the other hand, the Bugatti Veyron was a car that cost billions of euros and 10 years of development.

This phenomenal speed for the Spyder comes from its 7-liter turbocharged V8. The car was driven down the runway by Brian Smith, the director of Ford Performance’s Driving School. It’s only 5mph slower than the hardtop Venom GT. This achievement will be celebrated with Hennessy building three World Record Edition models of the hypercar, each with a $1.3 million (plus tax) price tag.

Although we can be sure that a future version of the Bugatti Chiron will have something to say about this, for now, you can catch the thrill of the moment in the video below.

Breguet Brings Home No. 2023 Chronograph

Breguet has welcomed another antique timepiece to its own collection. Acquired at the Rétromobile Exhibition auction held on February 6, the Breguet No. 2023 has now found a home at The Breguet Museum. The timepiece happens to be one of the nine car timepieces that the watchmaker had originally sold for Bugatti in 1932.

With a chrome-plated metal case, the 8-day power-reserve chronograph was designed specially for Bugatti, which explains why Breguet chose to use tachymeter scale for its complication. Measuring in at 67mm, the words “Special pour Bugatti” sits proudly on the dial, above the six o’clock window. The timepiece also features the famous blue steel Breguet hands that were designed nearly three centuries ago while an elapsed minutes counter sits in place of the digit six.Breguet-Bugatti-Chronograph-article

The timepiece was meant to sit in the middle of the steering wheel and has an unusual crown that can be found, again at six o’clock. Powered by a mechanical movement (quartz didn’t happen till later in the 20th), the creation is one that adds showcases the diverse range of creations that the Manufacture produced in the inter war years. Sold in its original box, the timepiece helps to enrich the Manufacture’s history and cultural heritage, a desire that Marc A Hayek, President and CEO of Breguet aims to fulfil. No price was announced by the Swatch Group-owned firm for this acquisition.

Bugatti Niniette is Open Water Veyron

The rumor about the Bugatti yacht is a fact, thanks to a new partnership with US boat builder Palmer Johnson. Seafaring supercar fans will be able to take to the open waters in a choice of open-top sports yachts imbued with the storied French marque’s design philosophy, attention to detail and obsession with exotic lightweight materials. Well, for now it is all CGI goodness and promises but we recommend just going with it for now – riding the wave if you will.

The Niniette, as it is being christened, will come in three carbon fiber constructed sizes, from 12.8-26.8m (that’s 42ft to 88ft), and prices will start at €2 million.

Bugatti is not the only company more closely related to going very fast on land to turn its attentions to the sea. Aston Martin, through its partnership with Dutch yacht-maker Quintessence, has the AM37, which handles like an Aston and feels like an Aston in terms of its use of precious woods and leather. Pininfarina, the Italian studio that has been responsible for Ferrari’s exterior design for decades, has just collaborated on its first superyacht, and Mercedes has its Arrow460 Granturismo luxury motor yacht.

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However, unlike the competition, Bugatti’s history is as closely related to the sea as it is the track. Ettore Bugatti was just as adept at building very fast ships, and his favorite yacht was called Niniette, which also happened to be the pet name of his daughter, Lidia.

Therefore the new boats could be seen as a return to the brand’s roots. This existing connection is why the two companies have looked to the classic Bugatti cars of the ’30s and ’40s for inspiration for the positions, strength and directions of exterior lines.

The central model, the 30ft Niniette, offers owners accommodation for four guests, a 63 sqm salon on deck and another 43 sqm space below, all within a carbon fiber hull clad with titanium, and a choice of bubinga, maple or morta oak wood.

Each boat will take 12 months to construct and clients can work with Bugatti to ensure that the interior is completely to their bespoke tastes.

Bugatti Veyron Successor Gets Geneva Debut

The Veyron’s reign at Bugatti is about to end and its successor has already been introduced to a privileged few. The next Bugatti hypercar will be called the Chiron and promises to be better in every way than the existing Veyron – still touted as the world’s fastest production car – when it makes its first public appearance at the 2016 Geneva Motorshow next March.

Confirming the news on Monday, Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer said: “The Chiron will set new standards in every respect. We will continue to produce the word’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car.”

The potentially huge financial implications of the Volkswagen Group’s emissions cheating problems had led many to believe the Bugatti brand’s future was in doubt. Developing and building a car to meet superlatives rather than budgetary requirements, is a hugely expensive undertaking.

However, the automotive obsessed can breathe a huge sigh of relief. A new Bugatti is on its way and it promises to deliver. “The development brief for the Chiron can be summarized in one sentence and is probably the shortest in the history of the automobile: we want to make the best significantly better,” said Dürheimer.

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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

That’s a tall order considering the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport could accelerate from 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 268mph (431km/h) every time it was asked to do so. Or it could just as easily drive its owner and a companion in both style and comfort to the opera.

Bugatti is being coy about how it will better those numbers while still keeping the car comfortable and practical enough to be driven on a normal road. When briefing the press earlier this year, the company hinted that hybrid power, like that used by the current flagship Porsche 918 Spyder, could be the key to faster acceleration, a higher top speed and an engine that conforms to emissions requirements.

However, whatever the firm has settled on, clients are impressed. The Chiron has already been shown to select interested parties — resulting in 100 pre-orders.

As for the name, Louis Chiron wrote his name into the history books by winning a host of Grand Prix races behind the wheel of a Bugatti during the 20s and 30s.

“In Louis Chiron, we found a worthy patron for a new model in the history of our brand,” Dürheimer explained. “The name of the best racing driver and the most successful Bugatti driver of his time for the best super sports car of the present day — that is the ideal combination.”

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Louis Chiron, the patron of the new Bugatti super sports car, was amongst the most legendary race drivers of all time.

Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

Bugatti reveals Vision supersports car

Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

With the Veyron era having drawn to a close, Bugatti has unveiled the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo at Frankfurt.

Designed as a concept for the PlayStation video game Gran Turismo, the Vision show car is also indicative of Bugatti’s intentions for the future.

“Given the nature of the project, our concept car is overstated and pushes performance to the limits,” said Achim Anscheidt, head of the Bugatti design team, “but its progressive design language will clearly show the direction that Bugatti’s design will take in the coming years.”

Nonetheless, key differences exist between the Vision GT and the next Bugatti production model.

“For Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo, we’ve geared every parameter to maximum performance, unlike with our production car, where it goes without saying that comfort and easy handling are also key factors,” explained head of chassis development Florian Umbach.

Vehicles previously designed and released for 2013 PlayStation 3 game “Gran Turismo 6” include the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo, Alpine Vision Gran Turismo, Lexus LF-LC GT Vision Gran Turismo, Mini Clubman Vision Gran Turismo, BMW Vision Gran TurismoVolkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo, and Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo.

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Bugatti releases teaser for new model [VIDEO]

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Speculation is rife after Bugatti released a short video hinting about the successor of its legendary Veyron.

The video features just 35 seconds of road surface paired with an intriguing voiceover that begins with, “A new chapter begins, join us. In the endless hunt for speed the horizon beckons… I go beyond reality.”

While the lyrics and the images may not be very telling, it is the hashtag that has automobile fans excited on social media. Many have noticed the capital E in #imaginEBugatti and have speculated that the successor to Veyron may be electric, or at the least a hybrid version.

Bugatti announced it had sold the very last Veyron back in February this year, and it has been working on a new model for some time.

It is rumored that this successor will be revealed to a select group of enthusiasts at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the coming days.

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

Watch the Making of the Bugatti Veyron La Finale

Bugatti has already built and sold the last Veyron, the “La Finale”, which was presented at the Geneva auto show earlier this month.

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

The last Bugatti Veyron was built entirely by hand, just like the 449 cars before it, as the following video uploaded by the automaker shows.

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The Bugatti Veyron “La Finale” is an homage to the first Veyron built in 2005, sporting a similar black and red paint scheme.

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

This is the last Bugatti Veyron ever built

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

After 10 years of production and 450 multi-million-dollar examples, the hypercar that broke all records from top speed to price tag is bidding farewell at the Geneva Motor Show with the “La Finale”.

The farewell model, a Grand Sport Vitesse, takes its exterior design cues from the very first Veyron — chassis #01 — and the two cars were unveiled side by side at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale

However, while the very first customer Veyron was finished in black and red paint, the 450th example is finished in exposed red- or black-tinted carbon fiber, a technique the marque has pioneered over the past decade.

There are two other big differences: The 450th Veyron is a convertible rather than a hard top and its engine more potent.

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale interior

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has a W16 engine with around 1,200hp, which takes it from 0 to 100km/h in just 2.6 seconds.

With a record top speed of 408.84 km/h for the convertible version with the top down, the model is still the world’s fastest production roadster.

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Every Bugatti that leaves the factory does so with its prospective owner’s input and La Finale is no exception.

The owner — the car has already been sold — has gone for subtlety. The only clues as to the car’s significance are a small “La Finale” badge under the right headlamp and the same legend written on the underside of the car’s airbrake spoiler.

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Bugatti is now working on a replacement model which it hopes to debut next year and which promises to carry on where the old car left off.

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The very last Bugatti Veyron has been sold!

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The 450th and final Bugatti Veyron, dubbed La Finale, has been sold, and will be on display at the upcoming 2015 Geneva motor show.

The Volkswagen-owned manufacturer achieved a 0 to 100 km/h time of 2.5 seconds and a world record speed of 431 km/h with its 2005 Veyron 16.4.

Three major revisions were introduced to the Veyron 16.4 over a ten-year lifecycle: an open-top Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport arrived in 2008, a more powerful Veyron 16.4 Super Sport in 2010, and its roadster equivalent, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse in 2012.

Recent prices for new Veyrons, including options, had been averaging out at €2.3 million ($2,6 million), and a client from the Middle East ordered Veyron #450, a Grand Sport Vitesse.

The last Veyron will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show, March 5-15, alongside the very first.

Bugatti store in London

Debut Bugatti lifestyle boutique opens in London

Bugatti store in London

 has unveiled its first lifestyle store, located on the Brompton Road in London’s exclusive Knightsbridge district.

The brand first unveiled a lifestyle collection in Milan last year, which led to the move into the luxury lifestyle area.

“Of course, luxurious and exclusive super sports cars will remain our core business, but we intend to transfer the brand’s huge appeal into areas of life beyond the automotive sector,” explained Bugatti president Wolfgang Dürheimer. “Our lifestyle collection was a successful first step, which paved the way for our first boutique.”

“London was our first choice when deciding on a location for the boutique,” he added. “The city is a key market for the Veyron, and is also one of the most important international centers of fashion, design and art, which makes it an ideal location in which to showcase our luxury lifestyle brand. We go where our customers are.”

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The store includes the two current Fall/Winter 2014 Bugatti lines; the EB — Ettore Bugatti Collection, and the sportier high-tech Bugatti — Performance Luxury Collection. In addition there’s also an exclusive bespoke tailoring service available exclusively for Bugatti customers.

The exterior channels the brand’s classic blue color, with a three meter aluminum arch modeled on the famed horseshoe radiator grille.

Interior design touches include aluminum, wood, glass and carbon elements all found in the  .

New boutiques are planned to open in 2015 in Tokyo, Dubai and Doha, with further stores in Paris and Milan. Bugatti also plans to open its first stores in the USA from 2016 onwards.

Capsule Collection Bugatti Legends

Bugatti launches first clothing line

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The Bugatti Legends Capsule Collection is as exclusive as the cars on which it is based. So much so that only 36 people in the world will ever get the chance to add a piece of it to their wardrobes.

A year ago, the German-owned hypercar company set out to create six limited edition .

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Each of the six models would be inspired by a person who was crucial to shaping the car company’s history; each car would have a €2.35 million price tag and each of the special models would be limited to three examples.

The sextet includes the Jean-Pierre Wimille, Jean Bugatti, Meo Costantini, Rembrandt Bugatti, Black Bess and Ettore Bugatti editions

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And, despite the astronomical fee, every single model has sold out before its official launch, including the latest and final edition, the Ettore Bugatti Legend, which only made its debut at Pebble Beach in California on Sunday.

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To celebrate this success and to make ownership of one of the cars even more special, Bugatti has created a line of clothing bespoke to each of the six special edition cars that will be offered exclusively to their owners.

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The jackets, t-shirts, belts, driving gloves and clutch purses have been made from the same buffalo, deer, calf and cordovan hide that adorn the cars’ interiors and feature the same production techniques.

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So, for example, the matching outfits created for the Rembrant Bugatti Legend edition features a man’s or a woman’s jacket in colored calfskin with bronze galvanized metal parts while the silk lining has a herringbone carbon fiber effect print.

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Although the initial collection will be offered exclusively to the 18 Bugatti Legends owners and their partners, this capsule will also serve as a stylistic foundation on which the company hopes to create a full clothing range.

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New Bugatti will aim for a 460kph top speed

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The first details are emerging of what Volkswagen has planned for the ‘s replacement as well as a potential date for when well-heeled petrol heads can expect to place their orders.

The successor to the Veyron will have a tough act to follow. It may be approaching its tenth birthday but in terms of performance, reliability and usability there still isn’t a single car in production, anywhere in the world, that truly comes close to challenging its supremacy.

Capable of accelerating from 0-100kph in just 2.5 seconds and of hitting a world-record top speed of 431kph, it’s little wonder that despite its multi-million-dollar price tag, the car has always been in short supply.

Only 15 examples of the car remain available to order; the other 435 already having found homes.

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And, according to insider sources quoted by Autocar, it is on breaking the Veyron’s current records that Bugatti’s engineers will be focusing all of their efforts. They are certain that they can build a car that can hit 460kph yet is more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient than the outgoing model.

This will mean going hybrid, using a battery-powered electric motor to boost the performance of the V16 quad-turbo petrol engine and making significant adjustments to exterior styling so that it slips through the air better.

However, the new car isn’t expected to look too different form the Veyron as its shape was dictated by aerodynamic necessity and the new car will therefore be more of an evolution, rather than a revolution.

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Inside it’s going to be a different story. The existing car still can’t be matched in terms of performance, but 10 years is a very long time in terms of in-car technology and creature comforts and in that respect alone, the Veyron is beginning to show its age.

So, as well as incredible speed, expect a raft of cutting-edge driver aids and connectivity features when the car is unveiled to the public in 2016, with the first models expected to go into production one year later.

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Bugatti Reveals the Veyron Ettore Special Edition

Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatti special edition

 is concluding its “Les Légendes de Bugatti” family of special editions with the sixth member dedicated to company founder Ettore Bugatti.

In 2013, Bugatti announced that it would create six very special editions of the already very special Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.

Each would be inspired by a legendary figure within the brand’s history, each of the six vehicles in the series would be limited to just three examples and each would come with a €2.35 million price tag.

And as the Bugatti Veyron itself gets ready to say farewell, it is only right that the final special edition is dedicated to Ettore Bugatti himself, the Milanese man whose love of speed, passion for technology and obsession with performance and perfection led to the birth of the brand itself in 1909.

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As such, the Bugatti Legend “Ettore Bugatti” attempts to reflect the great man’s love of purity and of natural materials.

The exterior features hand-polished, clear-coated aluminum paneling and it will contrast against dark blue exposed carbon fiber.

Inside the cabin is wrapped in two tones of cordovan leather and a platinum coated dancing elephant emblem — a reference to the badge that Bugatti’s brother designed and which features on a number of early cars — takes pride of place between the driver and passenger seat.

Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatti interior

But as well as exquisite craftsmanship and extreme exclusivity, the car, like all Veyrons, is incredibly fast. A top speed of 409kph (254mph) and a 0-100kph time of 2.6 seconds makes it the fastest convertible in the world.

And, when it is unveiled at Pebble Beach on August 15, it will be alongside the other five Legends in the series

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(The ‘Les Legendes de Bugatti’ family of special editions has already had 5 Grand Sport Vitesse models: Grand Sport Vitesse models: Black Bess, Rembrandt Bugatti, Jean-Pierre Wimille, Meo Constantini and Jean Bugatti).

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Bugatti Veyron Black Bess, latest in Legends series

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As with each model in the company’s six-part Legends Series, the fifth and penultimate car — called Black Bess — will be limited to three examples and is based on a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.

However, in honor of the Type 18 — the historic Bugatti that is serving as inspiration for this very special edition — the car will feature an exterior of painted carbon fiber with gold accents and a special set of alloy wheels.

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Inside the cabin is finished in different contrasting leathers and racing motifs are embossed on the door panels.

One of the most famous Type 18 owners was French aviator Roland Garros who bought an example in 1912 hoping it would be as fast as his plane.

Bugatti Veyron Black Bess interior

As with all Bugattis in the Legends Series, the car will boast an 8-liter W16 engine, 1184bhp and a top speed of 254mph, making it the fastest production convertible in the world. It will also come with a €2.2 million price tag.

The car will go on public display for the first time at the Beijing motor show, which opens its doors to the press on April 20.

Bugatti Veyron legend Black Bess

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Bugatti to focus only on supercars for brand purity

When production of the Bugatti Veyron hypercar finally ceases in 2015, it’s not going to be replaced by a hyper luxury sedan, nor by an even faster version of the current model.

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Back in 2009 ,Bugatti took the wraps off the Galibier concept — a car devised to rocket a driver and three passengers along the road in obscene levels of comfort but, according to Bugatti’s president, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, putting the car into production would ultimately dilute the brand.

“We have talked many, many times about the Galibier, but this car will not come because […] it would confuse our customers. With the Veyron, we placed Bugatti on top of all super-sportscar brands in the whole world.”

“Everyone knows that Bugatti is the ultimate super sportscar. It’s easier for current owners, and others who are interested, to understand if we do something similar to the Veyron [next]. And that is what we will do. There will not be a four-door Bugatti,” he said in an interview with Top Gear.

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There are no plans to make a ‘super’ version of the Veyron. “We will not produce a ‘SuperVeyron’ or Veyron Plus, definitely,” said Dr Schreiber. “There will be no more power. 1200PS is enough for the chapter of Veyron and its derivatives.”

Instead, expect to see a brand new hypercar that once again redefines performance figures set by the Veyron and don’t be surprised if the next Bugatti’s powertrain features an electric motor!

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Bugatti Veyron: just 50 left

Anyone with a Bugatti Veyron on their list of holiday season gifts be warned: only 50 examples of the multi-million dollar hypercar are left and when the final one is sold, production will cease forever.

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And with the end of the 450-model production run will come the end of one of the most remarkable chapters in automotive history.

A car born out of an obsession to create the fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive supercar in history, it was the first production car with over 1000bhp, the first to go from 0-100kph in 2.45 seconds and to this day is still the fastest proven street-legal vehicle in existence — capable of 431kph or 267.8mph. And then there’s the price tag, a whopping $1.3 million for the ‘entry level’ EB 16.4.

Yet despite the price, all of the hardtop coupe editions (limited to 300 examples) have found caring owners, as have 100 open-top roadsters, and Bugatti is this week celebrating the sale of the 400th Veyron to a client in the Middle East — a €2.13 million ($2.9 million) Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Jean-Pierre Wimille’ special edition, which itself is limited to three examples.

Bugatti Veyron Jean Pierre Wimille back

Of hitting this milestone, Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, President of Bugatti Automobiles, said: “With the Veyron, Bugatti has established itself as the most exclusive and most luxurious super sports car brand in the world. The Veyron is a unique success story and sets a high standard for the future of Bugatti.”

And that’s no exaggeration. The Veyron could prove an impossible act to follow, although that won’t stop Bugatti from trying. But as well as replacing the Veyron, the Volkswagen-owned company is also expected to launch an equally sporty executive car that will give the Rolls-Royce Wraith, Bentley Continental Flying Spur or even the Ferrari FF a run for their money.