The fifth edition of Bugatti’s six-part Legend Edition is ready for its debut, the automaker announced today. They will unveil the car at the Beijing Auto Show next week, the Bugatti Type 18 “Black Bess”, paying tribute to the pre-WW1 car, the Type 18.
The legendary Type 18 holds a prominent place in Bugatti’s history. A pre-WW1 favorite, its specifications, a 5.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that put out 99 hp with a top speed of 100 mph were considered too advanced at the time. One of the well-known owners was Roland Garros, the French aviation pioneer. He bought one of the seven units built and renamed it “Black Bess” after the English racehorse.
Just like previous Legends, the Bugatti Type 18 “Black Bess” is also based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. An engine with 1,184 hp 8-liter W16 powers the car that allows for it to dash from 0-62 mph in just 2.6 seconds and a maximum speed of 254 mph with the top down.
All carbon fiber bodywork of the Black Bess features black exteriors with gold-colored accents. The Bugatti horseshoe on the grille, the EB logo at the rear, the hub covers on the black rims and the tank and oil caps are all coated with 24 karat gold.
As with other Legend editions, the Black Bess also comes with hand painted door panels. The drawings depict the original Type 18 “Black Bess” and Roland Garros’ airplane, a Morane-Saulnier Type H. Interiors are completely upholstered with leather and Beige is the preferred color for the headliner, footwell, seats, elongated center console and rear bulkhead. Bugatti’s chosen color for the dashboard, dash panel, door trim panel and hood panel is contrasting “Havana.” While the steering wheel, borrowing elements from the original “Black Bess” is decorated with Red “Crimson” leather.
Limited to just 3 cars like other Legend Editions, the Bugatti Type 18 “Black Bess” is set to sell for $2.97 million (€2.15 million). Bugatti also announced four previous Legend models, 12 cars in total are sold out.