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Bugatti Chiron Sport Takes Centrestage at Geneva Motor Show

Bugatti Chiron Sport in “Italian Red” takes centrestage

Bugatti’s latest version of Chiron Sports in “Italian Red” finish is currently on display at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. The car’s horseshoe features number “16” to honour the famous super car’s 16 cylinders, while under the hood, is managed by a 1,500 hp, W16 engine.

In this Geneva’s edition, Bugatti combined lightweight materials with a firmer chassis to boost the new Chiron’s car performance, to better manage sharper handling and agility.

The Geneva’s edition sees an increased use of carbon fiber with the materials extended to the windscreen wipers. About 18kg have been trimmed off the total weight of the car and it has been modified, incorporating a firmer chassis and suspension as well as new dynamic torque vectoring function.

The Chiron Sport is a new version of the Chiron, developed for customers who want an even sportier driving experience. With the enhanced lateral dynamics on winding roads, the Chiron is capable of sporting corners faster, recording a lap time on Nardò handling circuit five seconds better than its predecessor.

Bugatti’s Chiron Sports will go on sale at 2.65 million euros (excluding taxes) after making its world’s premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. The first deliveries are planned for end of the year.

For more information about the Sports series, please visit the brand’s official website here.

1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic


1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic

Arguably one of the most radically beautiful and exclusive all-black Bugatti 57SC Atlantic cars ever made in the 1930s, this car edition is loved the world over since it was first introduced by Bugatti in 1936. Notable for its gigantic body style, the Type 57SC Atlantic appeals more like a sculptural piece, exactly the same as any sculpture that would go on display in the museum. While the first example produced was finished in silver and made its debut at the 1935 Paris Motor Show.

Currently listed for sale by a private seller on Hemmings for $40,000, one of the world’s largest car collectors, this 1936 Bugatti Atlantic Type 57SC features a manual transmission, a tear-drop shape body style, a powerful engine, and lightweight construction influenced by aircraft styling, which was designed by  Jean Bugatti, Ettore’s son.

The 57SC prototype chassis with original vin plate number 57218

The Type 57SC is a faithful replica from galvanised steel on a real 57SC prototype chassis with original vin plate number 57218. It is handmade with over 12,000 man hours and the vehicle is said to be in excellent condition. Very few of these beautiful prewar automotive example managed to survive and make it to the present age. It’s not exactly a rare, vintage car as this example has gone through a few variations.

1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupes

Only seven of these rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupes were manufactured. One of which was sold for $7.92 million at Gooding & Co.’s auto auction during the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic with chassis Number 57591

Pictured above is a Ralph Lauren’s 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic with chassis Number 57591, which is a redesigned version. It carried the letter “S” in Type 57SC, representing “surbasisse” a French word which means “lowered”.

The Type 57SC Atlantic features a gigantic frame, with a lowered example, featuring also a raked-windscreen, kidney-shaped doors, enormous curved wheel arches, both front and back, long front bonnet, with decent luggage space and a spacious interior.

Powered by 8-cylinder engine as well as a twin overhead camshafts with speeds of 200kph, the design styling was made as penned by Jean Bugatti, Ettore’s son, to reference the Aerolithe, a much more earlier concept car that was fashioned out of magnesium alloy, also used in the manufacture of the aircraft.

Perhaps, what makes this Ralph Lauren’s Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic special is its shiny exterior plus the divider made from a special material that runs through the cockpit area and that segregates the windscreen. This buyer was anonymous but Ralph Lauren is certainly one of the other two very lucky owners.

To view other premium classics for sale on Hemmings, please visit here.

Bugatti Chiron: Breaking New Dimensions

Bugatti Chiron: Breaking New Dimensions

The company has quite a precise modus operandi to create a successor to the record-shattering and world’s most innovative sports car brand of lasting value. Based on their engineering expertise, the innumerable lessons from continuous testing, years of customer experience, and new technology advancements have shaped their knowledge and skills through the passage of time.

What reveals in the birth of this Chiron model, is one such powerful, fastest and exclusive production in Bugatti’s brand history. The Chiron effortlessly blends sophisticated design with innovative technology and iconic, performance-oriented form, will make Chiron one of a unique masterpiece – those of art, form and technique that pushes boundaries beyond imagination.

Breathtaking Automotive Masterpiece: The Engine System

At the heart of Chiron is a 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged, W16 engine complete with the new Bugatti two-stage turbocharging system that generates 1,500 hp and 1,600 Nm of monstrous torque. It has an almost linear power curve between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm. Other distinctive features include the intelligent air intake management that significantly improves aerodynamics and enhance the cooling efficiency of the engine.

The special carbon ceramic brake discs and brake callipers are developed exclusively for the Chiron, with eight titanium pistons to bring back maximum performance on-the-road. That’s not all for a breathtaking beauty, nothing completes a super car without an unforgettable sound engine combine for an incomparable driving experience.

Finished in carbon blue with red highlights inside and out, as well as red brake calipers, this astonishing Bugatti Chiron is ready to out-perform anything that dares challenge it.

For more details on Bugatti Chiron, please visit the brand’s official website here.

An Air of Elegance: Bugatti Type 55

An Air of Elegance: Bugatti Type 55

A rare 1931 two-seater vintage Bugatti Type 55 is soon to go under hammer for between $4 million and $5 million dollars at the Gooding & Co sale in Scottsdale, Arizona in January 2018. Recognised as one of the most coveted sports cars from the 1930s, some of the distinct features found in Type 55 were not seen in the later versions of the Bugatti.

Defining features that are uniquely Bugatti Type 55 Roadster

This Type 55 is unique for its GP-style hood with shortened louvers on the side, diagonal louvers in the top of the hood, and yellow-tinted glass on the headlamps. The vehicle came with a chassis number 55201, which was a requirement from the automaker for the motor vehicles manufactured prior to 1989.

Only 38 units of the Type 55 examples were manufactured by the Italian between 1931 and 1935, and it was proudly displayed at the 1931 Paris Motor Show, and has been described as “one of the most coveted pre-war sports cars.”

To make a comparison between the Type 55 and the modern day’s Chiron, the engine under the bonnet of this classic Bugatti features a supercharged, twin-overhead cam eight-cylinder with a four-speed manual transmission and an output of 132 horsepower.

The chassis 55201 won the French Cup

Previously owned by Duc de le Tremoille, one of the prominent French aristocrats and then by Dr Peter Williamson who has a penchant for Bugatti. The Bugatti Type 55 Roadster was finally restored by a marque specialist in 2012 before the chassis 55201 went on to win the French Cup at The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®.

“It’s easy to see why the auction estimate is so high.”

The 4 Most Desirable (and Expensive) Cars to Drive in Singapore: Bentley Bentayga, Aston Martin Vanquish S, Lamborghini Aventador S, Bugatti Chiron

In 2014, a high net worth Singaporean with the initials PL debuted his US$3 million bespoke Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘1 of 1’ special edition at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show in California. Though he wished to remain unanonymous, it became readily apparent to all and wealthy who the Bugatti Veyron belonged to since the statistics of high net worth men in Singapore with PL initials (easily identified since the letters were laser cut into the grille of his new Grand Sport Vitesse) could only be the famed Peter Lim, Singaporean business magnate and investor.

The 4 Most Desired (and Expensive) Cars to Drive in Singapore

With COE prices what they are in Singapore, the $3 million price tag shouldn’t faze anyone but what is especially mindblowing, even by standards of conspicuous consumption is that his special edition Bugatti Veyron is left-hand drive and thus illegal to be on Singaporean roads. That said, here are 4 of the most desirable and expensive cars you could drive in Singapore. First up:

Bentley Bentayga – US$278,380 or SG$920,000 (not incl. COE)

Hand-built, all-terrain and to borrow Gandalf’s description for Shadowfax, “the Lord of Horses”, Bentley’s Bentayga SUV is the “Lord of luxury SUVs” in a Singaporean landscape of Land Rovers and Porsche Cayennes. The distinctive muscular powerline of the Bentley Bentayga’s advanced aluminium exterior is defined by the sharply-defined crease that draws your eye from the front wheel along the front of the car and the B-shaped wing vents.

Bentayga’s distinctive design cues don’t stop at the exterior. The interior is beautifully handcrafted, too. Bentley employs exquisite wood veneers to create a seamless ‘ring of wood’ around the driver and passengers while light floods into the cabin via panoramic sunroof. Solid metal detailing with precision-knurled finish and the hand-stitched leather interior features serve to augment the ultimate expression of opulence – an analogue clock by way of Breitling, which can even be further customised with a white or black mother-of-pearl face and even diamonds inset in eight index positions.

Performance wise – the 2017 Bentley Bentayga is the fastest, most exhilarating production SUV in the world, with a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h) with its powertrain producing an impressive 900 Nm (664 lb ft) of torque.

 

Aston Martin Vanquish S – US$312,950 or SG$420300 (not incl. COE)

The Aston Martin Vanquish S embodies the essence of Aston Martin while redefining the core aesthetic and technical elements which make the British automobile such an icon of sportive capability, craftsmanship and power – everything a suave MI6 operative needs.

Building on the heritage of Aston Martin’s flagship Grand Tourer, the Vanquish S delivers improved engine power via an uprated 8-speed Touchtronic III Transmission 6.0 V12 engine producing 603 PS, enhanced dynamics throughquad-exhaust tailpipes, and revised inlet manifolds for increased engine airflow and all new styling to create a Grand Tourer of unprecedented grace, performance and superlative driving experience.

Form follows function as the design choices for the Aston Martin Vanquish S build on its powerful technical characteristics with functional aesthetics – a suit of carbon-fibre – creating a Grand Tourer of unprecedented lightness: Its new aerodynamic focused design features carbon fibre 2×2 twill front splitter and rear diffuser, improving high speed stability and accentuating exterior styling. Inside the cabin, Vanquish S delights with interior features such as Filograph quilt design options, Bang & Olufsen audio and the AMi III Infotainment system with all new satellite navigation.

Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster – on application

Building upon a legacy of Lamborghini’s historic S models like Miura, Islero, Countach, and Urraco, the Raging Bull returns with its most exciting version yet – the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster. Highly desirable, make no mistake, with new V12 engine with a whopping 740 HP, it’s no Aventador S coupe with its roof removed, the Aventador S Roadster is an entirely different beast thanks to the new LDVA (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva) and all new aerodynamics designed specifically for open-air driving like the electrically-operated rear window that maximizes air flow during normal operation but lets you hear the throaty Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster’s new V12 engine when down. Performance-wise, the Roadster outputs 740 horsepower like the coupe, delivering its century sprint in 3 seconds with a top speed of 349 kmh.

The new Aventador S Roadster delivers the utmost driving experience thanks to its innovative Lamborghini Active Vehicle Dynamics (LDVA) control unit, a system of active technologies that can manage each of the dynamic axles of the vehicle. LDVA system combines all the information coming from the car’s sensors and establishes in real time the best setting for each driving condition – what results is a steering system that involves all four wheels using Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) and Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering (LRS) while the vertical vehicle dynamics is handled by the Lamborghini Magneto-rheological suspension (LMS) and the active rear aerodynamics.

Above the hood, lies a combination of deep and bold lines, dressing the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster for topless aerodynamics, inspired by nature and aeronautics, with exhaust terminals that transform the rear end into that of a space shuttle and a front end that recalls the strength and elegance of nature’s apex predator. Inside, the interior of the Aventador S Roadster includes the finest materials and superior bespoke possibilities like the new S-trim configuration and use of exclusive innovative material such as Carbon Skin® to be the covering for some of the interior details. It’s little wonder that this Aventador Roadster is among Singapore’s most desired cars to have.

Bugatti Chiron – US$2,998,000 or SG$4,027,200

A successor to the Veyron, the Bugatti Chiron is the most powerful road car ever produced, with newly developed W16 engine producing an insane 1,500 hp, 25 percent increase in performance compared to its predecessor,from its 8 litres of displacement.The engine reaches its maximum torque of 1,600 Nm thanks to the 4 double-powered in-house Bugatti turbocharger which guarantee maximum torque at 2,000 rpm where the torque is maintained at this level all the way up to 6,000 rpm. The result is unbelievable acceleration which only comes to an end in the twilight zone somewhere beyond the 400 km/h mark, helped along by the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system, and carbon fiber monocoque.

The jaw-dropping performance of the Bugatti Chiron is matched only by the opulence of its exterior and interior – stylistically, it carries the demanding design characteristics worthy of the world’s most exclusive production super sports car, inspired through Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, the new design language is characterised by extremely generous surfaces, which are demarcated by pronounced lines in the case of the Chiron. The interior is extremely luxurious, with hi-res digital displays, lush leather upholstery and a world-class audio system. Production is limited to 500 cars, and nearly a third of them have already been spoken for. Each and every Chiron is a one of a kind – as individual as its owners as the level of bespoke custom options that can be achieved is subject to very few limitations.

 

Bugatti opens its world’s largest luxury hypercar showroom in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is the single biggest market for Bugatti‘s hypercars so where better to build the marque’s biggest official dealership to date? Located on the Sheikh Zayed Road, the showroom is impossible to miss despite the exclusivity of the address or of neighbouring structures, thanks to an architectural recreation of the marque’s famous horseshoe grille that serves as a four metre high arch over the plate glass doorway.

The space occupies over 240 square metres, a huge area for a dealership dealing in a single model. However, as the United Arab Emirates boasts more Bugatti owners per capita than any other region in the world, the space, created and managed by Al Habtoor Motors, needs to be something special.

“A location of this significance and appeal for our brand has earned a superlative showroom,” said Dr. Stefan Brungs, Bugatti‘s global head of sales, marketing and customer service. “Many Bugatti customers who have been the closest and most loyal ambassadors of our brand for many years live in this region.”

Indeed, Al Habtoor Motors is the world’s most successful official Bugatti dealer. It maintains 55 Bugatti Veyrons for their owners and is now in the process of honouring 30 local orders for its replacement, the 1500hp multi-million-dollar Chiron.

“The UAE is always striving to be the best. Our target was, therefore, to bring the largest, most beautiful Bugatti showroom to the heart of Dubai,” said Sultan Al Habtoor, President of Al Habtoor Motors.

The experience is meant to be akin to a private art viewing while ordering a bespoke suit. Clients are welcomed into a lounge furnished with unique Bugatti furniture where they work through every conceivable option and element of personalization they would like to see on their Chiron, before examining the car itself and taking in art and design drawn from Bugatti’s rich heritage.

Such attention to detail or to personalization may seem extreme, but the average Bugatti owner also has a fleet of other equally exotic and rare automobiles and every step must be taken to make the Chiron seem like a true object of desire. “Some of [our UAE clients] are proud owners of car collections with even several Bugatti super sports cars,” said Dr Brungs, “The new showroom will not only be the perfect platform for the Chiron but also honours our special customers.”

The Chiron will be capped at exactly 500 examples. Bugatti has confirmed that over half have already been sold and that to date, 26% of all orders taken have been from clients living in the UAE.

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

Bugatti-Chiron

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.

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale

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.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale

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.

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

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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Bugatti store London

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.