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Bugatti Veyron GS Vitesse Ettore edition, last of Legends

August 8, 2014

Bugatti has revealed its sixth and last ‘Legends’ special edition, with this version dedicated to the company’s founder, Ettore Bugatti.

Bugatti Veyron Vitesse Legends Ettore edition-side

Like all of the previous versions, the Ettore edition is based on the Grand Sport Vitesse. This means it joins the club as the fastest convertible ever made. Separating from the rest of the bunch is a range of unique highlights paying tribute to the legendary Italian-born Frenchman.

It features a bespoke clear-coated carbon fibre and hand-polished aluminium body in a royal blue colour, inspired by the 1932 Type 41 Royale. The Royale was the most powerful and most luxurious car of its time.

The same can be said for the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. Power comes from an 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine generating an unearthly 883kW and 1500Nm. It’s able to cover 0-100km/h in just 2.6 seconds and hit a record-breaking top speed of 408.84km/h.

1932 Bugatti Type 41 Royale

Back to that body though, the special edition uses clear-coated aluminium panels around the front end and side, a first for a production car. While the rest of it is in dark blue exposed carbon fibre, with matching diamond-cut eight-spoke wheels.

The wheels pay tribute to the original eight-spoke alloy wheel that was originally invented by Ettore. On the Veyron, the wheels feature Ettore Bugatti inscriptions. Other inscriptions include Ettore’s signature on the fuel cap and oil cap, all painted in silver.

Bugatti Veyron Vitesse Legends Ettore edition-trim

Inside, it is as exquisite as ever. There are two types of leather used for the upholstery, as well as exposed blue carbon trimmings, and the famous dancing elephant logo in aluminium at the back. The logo is featured in all other five special editions, originally designed by Ettore’s brother, Rembrandt Bugatti.

Bugatti is making just three examples of the Ettore edition, just like the other special Legends models. These are set to be the last Veyrons ever made.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.