The world apparently cannot get enough of the Bugatti Veyron, and the Chinese are no exception. For Auto China 2014, currently going on in Beijing, Bugatti is introducing its fifth “Legends Edition” model: the Black Bess.
Following closely in the footsteps of previous Legends editions, the Black Bess is a super-exclusive package commemorating the decorated history of the French marque. Unlike the previous four Legends, which celebrated key people in Bugatti’s past, the Black Bess is dedicated to the 1912 Bugatti Type 18, which was owned by the renowned French pilot Ronald Garros. In its time, the Type 18 was a bonafide supercar, powered by an 5.0L inline-four producing 99 hp and giving a top speed in excess of 100 mph.
A century later, the new Black Bess produces the same awe as its spiritual predecessor, though over time, the horsepower numbers have swelled dramatically. The “regular” Grand Sport Vitesse roadster produces 1,184 hp from its 8.0L quad-turbo W16 powerplant, capable of pushing the vehicle to 260+ mph; the Black Bess has that and adds opulent brown, beige, and red leather throughout, and hand-painted door panels depicting the original Type 18 alongside Ronald Garros’ aircraft. The exterior is painted in a stunning, deep midnight black with 24-karat gold accents extending from the headlight assemblies.
As with previous Legends, the Black Bess is limited to an exclusive three-car run, carrying a hefty price tag of $2.97 million. While Motrolix has yet to learn more about the Veyron’s successor, it is possible that another Legends model will be unveiled to keep the Veyron relevant.