Friday, 13 September 2013


At the beginning of production, Bugatti had promised to build only 300 units of the ultra-fast Veyron. We are almost at the point of 300, with at least one of them having come to Mzansi’s Johann Rupert, and another being owned by actor Brad Pitt. Latest is the new Jean Bugatti.

They have named it after Jean Bugatti, the son of Ettore Bugatti, the company’s founding father. It’s the second of a series of these cars named after people closely associated with it. Jean created the 1934 classic Type 57SC Atlantic which at the time made a “whopping” 150kW.

Fast forward almost 80 years later and you have the 8.0-litre W16 Jean Bugatti with four turbos and 10 radiators. It’s based on the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and only three of them will be made at a cough-inducing price of around R32 million a pop. The three lucky bastards will each get 883kW and 1500Nm of torque under their feet, with the ability to translate it into a 0 – 100km/h sprint in just 2.6 seconds. As we know from the old Top Gear clip, Veyrons can reach 407km/h.

Setting it apart from other special edition Veyrons are fittings such as the platinum horseshoe logo on the rear end above the Jean Bugatti signature, black diamond-cut wheels, and a body made of jet black clear-coated carbon fibre.

With this kind of trend happening, it appears the last Veyron may be the most powerful and exclusive. We bet it will be called the Ettore.

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