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Unveiled: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess

Meaning we’re almost through with this tedious “Legends” series.

As number five of the six-part Legends series, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Black Bess’ continues to pay tribute to the company’s heritage. It’s getting a little bit old, and it seems Bugatti has run out of people to commemorate, so this time the car is dedicated to another car: the Bugatti Type 18 Black Bess, a legendary race car that was built from 1912 to 1914. The Black Bess series will be officially unveiled in Beijing, and will include only three examples.

The Type 18 was driven by Ettore Bugatti and led him to a class victory in the 1912 Mont Ventoux hill climb. The commemorative Veyron will feature an 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16 engine, making 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb-ft of torque. It will sport a carbon body in black and gold and light beige upholstery with Crimson leather finishing. There are also Havanna leather inlays in the doors, dashboard and cowl panel, featuring the Type 18 and the Morane Saulnier Type H, an airplane which was flown by one of the original car’s owners. The sixth and last special edition Veyron, which we told you about a while back, will probably appear at the Paris Motor Show in October.

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