As part of a special program, Bugatti will be premiering the ‘Rembrandt Bugatti’, the fourth model in the six-part edition of ‘Les Légendes de Bugatti’ at this years Geneva Motor Show that opens it doors to the public on Wednesday. This ‘Legend’ car, as with all other cars in the series, is based on the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The three examples that will be built have been created to pay homage to French artist Rembrandt Bugatti. The car is expected to sell out very soon as all previous cars in the series have done.
The art world views Rembrandt Bugatti, known commonly as Rembrandt, as one of the most notable and artistically independent sculptors of the early 20th century. His fame was achieved through his animal sculptures and cast a large part of his work in bronze. The pieces are now on display in several of the most prestigious collections and museums across the globe for the public to admire. In the same way that Ettore saw automobile creation as an artistic process, Rembrandt Bugatti’s rise to stardom was based on his extraordinary artistic talent and his formidable ability to manipulate and sculpt many different materials and surfaces that still stuns critics to this very day.
The series of Bugatti Legend cars was launched in August 2013 at California’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with the Vitesse ‘Jean-Pierre Wimille’ a stunning car that was finished in a light and dark shade of blue, complemented with the very intricate Super Sport design wheels. This was followed by the Legend car, ‘Jean Bugatti’, which was presented at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, a much more subtle car finished in black. The third Legend Edition, dedicated to ‘Meo Costantini’, was revealed to the public for the first time in Dubai at the Dubai Motor Show, a car that dazzled in its blemish free chrome against a very striking blue that made the car really stand out.
The body of the “Rembrandt Bugatti” Legend Vitesse was designed with the “horizontal split” that we have seen on the Vitesse a numnber of times before. This example is largely composed of bronze-coloured clear-coated carbon as a gesture to the artist’s favoured material. The vehicle’s lower half is painted in an elegant and mellow light shade of brown, “Noix” that works very well with the aforementioned color. The famous Bugatti horseshoe gleams in real platinum that forms the front grille, with platinum also ringing the EB logo at the vehicle’s rear. The wheels are painted in dark “Firefinch” and light “Noix” browns matching the body and finishing color combination perfectly. The brown/bronze color scheme is continued in the interior, again complemented with more platinum on the EB badge on the steering wheel.
As previously mentioned the car is based on the sublime Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. Its 8-liter W16 engine achieves an unparalleled torque of 1,500 Nm from 1,200 hp at 3,000–5,000 rpm, and can accelerate from 0–100 km just in 2.6 seconds. The Vitesse was driven to a top speed of 408.84 km with the roof down in April 2013, making it the fastest production roadster ever built. A staggering achievement indeed.
The “Rembrandt Bugatti” Vitesse will be priced at a cool €2.18 million Euro net. Be quick with placing your orders as just three will be built! Be sure to stay tuned with GTspirit for all of the latest news and info from Geneva 2014!