Keep in mind when the Bugatti Veyron first came out? You may have to go back the far better part of a decade to 2005. Men and women had been taken aback by the million-dollar asking price tag. But now there are loads of autos with cost tags in the 6-figure selection.
Pagani will get that much for the Huayra, as does McLaren for the P1 and Ferrari for LaFerrari. Aston Martin charged 7 digits for the 1-77, Hennessey expenses that considerably for the Lotus-based Venom GT, Zenvo does for the ST1 and you can bet SSC will charge at least as much for the Tuatara. Suddenly the notion of a million-dollar supercar doesn’;t look so absurd, does it?
$ 3 million – now that is yet another story, but that’;s just what Bugatti gets for the latest particular edition Veyron you see here. The price tag for the “fundamental” Veyron inflated more than the years, of program, and then went up with each iteration. The Grand Sport kicked it up a notch when it blew the roof off. The Super Sport that considerably much more when it upped the electrical power and the velocity. Bugatti got that significantly much more when it mixed the ideal attributes of the 2 to make the Vitesse roadster, and squeezes out just an further minor bit for each edition of its Legends series.
This would be the latest in that line of hyper-unique hypercars. Brief of sister-organization Lamborghini’;s outrageously pricey Veneno, it’;s the most costly new car we have ever witnessed. It’;s named right after Ettore’;s son (and Jean’;s brother) Rembrandt Bugatti, and bears the rearing elephant icon which he developed. At €2.18 million (which translates to $ 3 million at recent exchange charges), it commands a princely sum, but like the prior editions in the series, you can bet Bugatti will sell each last one.
Globe première of the “Rembrandt Bugatti” at the Geneva
Worldwide Motor Present
– The 4th model of the unique, 6-portion Legends edition honours Rembrandt Bugatti
– Rembrandt Bugatti was the brother of firm founder Ettore and one particular of the most important sculptors of the 20th century
– “Rembrandt Bugatti” Legend fees 2.18 million euro net and will be strictly restricted to 3 autos
– All 1st 3 model series of the Legends edition have been offered
Molsheim/Geneva, 3 March 2014. Bugatti is continuing its 6-part edition series, “Les Légendes de Bugatti”, at the Geneva Worldwide Motor Present (6–16 March) to honour some of the more critical individuals in the company’;s historical past. Last year the lengthy-established French brand efficiently presented the initial 3 Legends models. All 9 vehicles of these model series have been offered. Now Bugatti is celebrating an additional higher stage with its 4th legend – named in honour of Rembrandt Bugatti, brother of organization founder Ettore and one of the most essential sculptors of the early 20th century. One particular of his most important operates is the sculpture of a dancing elephant. It decorates the radiator of the Bugatti Kind 41 Royale and became the brand’;s symbol. The Legends model is primarily based on the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse1. As with the other Legends versions, only 3 will be manufactured. The “Rembrandt Bugatti” Vitesse costs €2.18 million Euro net.
“Rembrandt Bugatti was an excellent sculptor. He represents the strong artistic roots of the Bugatti household, as did his father, Carlo,” mentioned Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, President of Bugatti Vehicles S.A.S., at the presentation of the Legends edition. “As automobile developer and founder of the Bugatti brand, Ettore was also inspired by this artistic heritage. Art is of program a single of our 3 brand values, namely ‘Art, Forme, Technique’;. This can make Bugatti special in automotive historical past, and was the reason we focused this striking Legends model to Rembrandt Bugatti.”
The art world views Rembrandt Bugatti as 1 of the most notable and artistically independent sculptors of the early 20th century. He became famous via his animal sculptures, and cast a large component of his work in bronze. The pieces are now on show in several collections and museums across the globe. In the same way that Ettore saw car creation as an artistic procedure, Rembrandt Bugatti’;s fame was based on his extraordinary artistic talent and his formidable manual capabilities in manipulating surfaces.
All very first 3 model series of the Legends edition have been sold
The “Rembrandt Bugatti” is the 4th Legend from the brand. To launch the “Les Légendes de Bugatti” edition final 12 months, Bugatti presented “Jean-Pierre Wimille” at California’;s Pebble Seashore, “Jean Bugatti” at the IAA in Frankfurt and “Meo Costantini” at the Dubai Motor Show.
All 9 vehicles of these 3 Legends have been offered.
“The Legends edition is a wonderful success for Bugatti. The response from our customers is incredible,” explained Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, President of Bugatti Vehicles S.A.S.
“Rembrandt Bugatti”, the new Bugatti Legend
The “Rembrandt Bugatti” is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. Its 8 litre W16 engine achieves an unparalleled torque of 1,500 Nm from 1,200 PS at 3,000–5,000 rpm, and can accelerate from 0–100 km in 2.6 seconds. With a maximum pace of 408.84 km/h with the roof down, the Vitesse is the fastest production roadster ever developed.
“Rembrandt Bugatti had a particular talent for capturing the movement of animals at their most expressive minute,” explains Achim Anscheidt, Head Designer at Bugatti. “The patina, the soul and the crafted character of his bronze sculptures guided us to the colour and materials choices in the Legend automobile that carries his name.”
Anscheidt continues: “The end result is a super sports automobile that fuses beauty and elegance with excellent dynamics and sporting appeal.”
Exterior: The entire body of the “Rembrandt Bugatti” Legend Vitesse was designed in the “horizontal split”, and is largely composed of bronze-coloured clear-coated carbon as a gesture to the artist’;s favoured materials. The vehicle’;s decrease half is painted in an elegant light brown, “Noix”. The renowned Bugatti horseshoe gleams in platinum from the front grille, with platinum also ringing the EB logo at the vehicle’;s rear. The wheels are painted in dark “Firefinch” and light “Noix” browns, and these colours mix to total the sophisticated appearance and set the super sports auto off towards the asphalt. In reference to the artist and Legends car’;s namesake, Rembrandt Bugatti’;s signature has been lasered onto the petrol and oil cap.
Interior: The elegant and harmonious physical appearance continues in the vehicle’;s interior. The Vitesse is completely upholstered with leather in light brown “Cognac”. The rear centre box amongst the seats has a striking design. It proudly sports activities Rembrandt Bugatti’;s renowned elephant sculpture, the hood ornament of the Variety 41 Royale and these days is the symbol for both the brand and the Legends edition. The elephant was cast in bronze with fantastic technical talent and worked as an insert into the cover. The cover is created of bronze-coloured clear-coated carbon. The door trim is extraordinary evidence of Bugatti’;s popularity for functioning substantial-top quality supplies in a unique type, with braided leather in the softly contrasting colors of “Cognac” and “Coffee”. This sophisticated style was produced exclusively for this Legends auto.
Platinum is also in evidence in the vehicle’;s interior, on the EB logo on the steering wheel. Other interior particulars certain to this Legends Vitesse are the insert of bronze-coloured clear-coated carbon on the extended centre console with the lettering “Les Légendes de Bugatti” and Rembrandt Bugatti’;s elephant, and the door sill plates displaying the sculptor’;s portrait and signature.
Rembrandt Bugatti – remarkable sculptor and Bugatti legend
Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916) ranks between the most exceptional and individually artistic sculptors of the early 20th century. Born in Milan, Rembrandt was Ettore Bugatti’;s younger brother. His outstanding talent was discovered early on, although his father Carlo Bugatti, himself profitable as an artist and designer, had at first planned a potential as an engineer for the youthful Rembrandt. After Rembrandt started sculpting at an early age, his father sent him to the Brera Ar2rk Academy in Milan. His really initial exhibitions in Venice and Paris triggered excellent sensations. Over the course of his brief existence, Rembrandt’;s oeuvre came to consist of above 300 bronzes, paintings and drawings. Rembrandt’;s wonderful artistic passion for animals emerged at an early stage. He began modelling cows, horses and dogs, and was later on inspired by the more exotic forms on display at the zoological gardens in Paris and Antwerp this kind of as anteaters, tapirs, hippopotamuses and elephants.
Rembrandt produced a fantastic several elephant sculptures, but it was his dancing elephant that grew to become perhaps the most recognisable symbol for the Bugatti brand. It is, after all, the silver hood ornament that adorns the Sort 41 Royale. Simply because of his extraordinary flair for capturing the extremely essence of the animal in a sculpture, he was recognized across Europe and America.
The Initial World War drove Rembrandt Bugatti to consider his existence in Paris in 1916. He was only 31 many years old.
Bugatti unveils its “Rembrandt Bugatti” Legends vehicle just a few days just before an exhibition on the artist opens in the Previous Nationwide Gallery in Berlin
From 28 March to 27 July, a solo display at Berlin’;s museum island will be devoted exclusively to the function of Rembrandt Bugatti. The Old Nationwide Gallery will show in excess of eighty of the artist’;s sculptures from museums and private collections from across the planet, and offer the fullest insight into the artist’;s function ever seen. (www.rembrandtbugattiinberlin.com)
The Geneva Worldwide Motor Show runs from 6 to 16 March 2014 at the Palexpo Exhibition Centre. The Bugatti exhibit will be in Hall one, Stand 1159.
one Fuel consumption, l/100km: 37.2 in urban regions / 14.9 in added urban regions / 23.1 combined mixed CO2 emissions g/km: 539 efficiency class: G