Every time there’s an international motor show, Bugatti looks sheepish and scuffs its shoes when the teacher asks for its homework. ‘Not done it, miss’.
While Koenigsegg pulls the wraps off a car with almost 150bhp more than the Veyron Vitesse, all Bugatti can muster is yet another spurious special edition. This is the fourth in a series of six (yes, six) ‘Legend’ edition Veyrons.
What’s special about this Bugatti Veyron Vitesse?
The same thing that’s special about every Bugatti Veyron Vitesse: it’s a quad-turbo, W16-powered, roofless missile with 1183bhp. It’s a road-legal cruiser that can achieve 0-62mph in 2.6sec and 253mph flat out – with the roof removed.
But wait. This Legend edition Veyron has a two-tone brown paint job, and celebrates the life of Rembrandt Bugatti, the brother of company founder Ettore Bugatti. Yes, that Rembrandt. Nothing to do with the 17th century Dutch painter.
History lesson time
Rembrandt was a talented sculptor, famous for his sculptures of elephants, horses and myriad other animals. His bronzed works are the inspiration for the colour scheme of the Veyron dedicated to him, says Bugatti.
Only three Rembrandt edition Veyrons will be made, each costing €2.18m (£1.8m).