Latest ‘Les Légendes de Bugatti’; model is a tribute to Rembrandt Bugatti; debuts at Geneva motor show
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is widely recognized as one of the greatest painters and printmakers to have ever lived. No mean feat, to be sure, but why is Bugatti celebrating his life and work with the special-edition Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse that has just been unveiled at the Geneva motor show?
Well, it turns out that the supercar maker hasn’;t suddenly developed a taste for old Dutch masters: the newest car in the 6-part “Les Légendes de Bugatti” (“The Legends of Bugatti”) series is named after Rembrandt Bugatti, brother of Ettore and noted sculptor. Rembrandt Bugatti is known for his rather expressive animal sculptures; he created the triumphant elephant seen on the hood of the famous Bugatti Type 41 Royale.
The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesses that form the basis of the Rembrandt edition cars won’;t get any mechanical upgrades; as with the other Legends cars, modifications are aesthetic only. Here, the car gets a horizontal 2-tone color split. The top half is clear carbon fiber that has been tinted bronze as a tribute to Rembrandt’;s chosen artistic medium. The bottom is light brown. The Bugatti horseshoe grille, along with the logos on the front, rear and interior, are rendered in platinum.
The interior itself is light brown — Bugatti calls the color “cognac” — and you’;ll see a bronze-cast tribute to Rembrandt’;s famous elephant sculpture in the center console.
As with the other Legends series models, the Rembrandt edition will be produced in a limited run of 3 cars. Though Bugatti says each car will cost more than $ 3,000,000, we don’;t think they’;ll have any trouble finding new homes: The first 9 Legends series cars have already been spoken for.
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