- Bugatti Vitesse Legend “Black Bess” next to the Bugatti Type 18 “Black Bess” and a Morane Saulnier Type H -
This is the ‘Black Bess’ Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, the latest run-out special in the manufacturer’s ‘Legend Edition’ series. It was unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show 2014.
Black Bess, which was named after an English racehorse, was the name of a Bugatti Type 18 owned by French aviator Roland Garros. The original vehicle is now in a museum in the Netherlands.
Just like the original Type 18 the complete carbon fiber body has been painted black. The Bugatti horseshoe grille is surrounded by 24 carat gold. The cabin includes sketches of the historic Type 18 Black Bess and Garros’ airplane, a Morane Saulnier Type H. These sketches have been hand-painted onto the leather.
The “Black Bess” is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport. Its 1,200 PS, 8 litre W16 engine achieves an unparalleled torque of 1,500 Nm at 3,000–5,000 rpm, and can accelerate from 0–100 km in 2.6 seconds. With a maximum speed of 408.84 km/h with the roof down, the Vitesse is the fastest production roadster ever built.
The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Legend Black Bess is priced at $2.97 million, making it one of the most expensive and exclusive cars on the planet.