The Baby II Is A Bugatti You Can Actually Afford

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Just don't expect to be able to keep up with a Chiron.

If you were to put an inexperienced 14-year-old behind the wheel of a new car, your first choice is unlikely to be a Bugatti, maker of some of the quickest hypercars in existence. Chances are, such an event would end in disaster. But believe it or not, Bugatti has commenced production of a new car designed for youngsters aged 14 and above: it's called the Baby II.

First unveiled at last year's Geneva International Motor Show, it's a tribute to the original Bugatti Baby which arrived in 1926. That car was a scaled-down version of the Bugatti Type 35, initially conceived as a one-off for Ettore Bugatti's son, but customers who saw it were interested enough that around 500 went on to be produced.

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The new fully electric Baby II, produced in collaboration with The Little Car Company, was built at 75 percent scale so is bigger than the first Baby, allowing smaller-framed adults to also hop in for a ride.

Three versions are available and all power the rear wheels, with the Base using a composite body and a 1.4 kWh battery pack. The Vitesse has a carbon fiber body and a 2.8 kWh battery pack, while the Pur Sang is aimed at collectors with its hand-formed aluminum body. The Base model has a limited top speed of just 30 mph, but the Vitesse and Pur Sang can reach a top speed of 42 mph and sprint to 60 kph (just over 37 mph) in around six seconds if the driver hasn't had a heavy lunch.

Using the Bugatti Speed Key, the top two models can unleash up to 13.4 horsepower. The Baby II weighs a mere 507 pounds, so you'd need around eight of these to match a Bugatti Chiron's weight.

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Much in the same way that Rolls-Royce applied its typically astonishing attention to detail when creating a Cullinan scale model, Bugatti went to great lengths to endow the Baby II with handling characteristics that the Type 35 would be proud of. A digital 3D scan was created based on an original Lyon GP car when designing the Baby II's suspension, and it even has adaptive dampers and a limited-slip differential. A turned aluminum dashboard is another clear nod to the Type 35, and a range of colors is available for customization.

"With the Bugatti Baby II, we invite a young generation of enthusiasts to fall in love with the wonderful world of Bugatti," said Stephan Winkelmann, the automaker's president.

They'll need to be a well-heeled younger generation, as the Baby II starts at €30,000 ($34,834 at current exchange rates) and goes all the way up to €58,500 ($67,927) for the Pur Sang.

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