Well, they've done it. Bugatti has finally managed to make a special edition I really don't care about.
I'm a huge Bugatti fan. I think the pre-war cars are as close to art as automobiles will ever come, and even though the most prestigious of French manufacturers is now German, I'm thankful that it still exists and I think Volkswagen have been doing a terrific job with the brand. They've written a new page in its history worthy of Ettore's legacy.
And I love the Veyron. I think it's awe-inspiring and beautiful, and even today I would have one over a McLaren P1 or a Koenigsegg, if I was given the choice. That means when everyone sniggered and scorned at every new "special" edition Molsheim came up with, I welcomed the new addition in Bugatti's long list of modern-day one-offs and marveled at each new ambitious and (almost always) tasteful use of colours and materials. The "Légendes de Bugatti" series of 6 special editions, even if it's an obvious attempt at getting rid of the remaining unsold chassis, has been a real treat for me, with every new model more beautiful than the last and each one highlighting parts of the brand's history I didn't always knew of. The Meo Costantini and the Jean Bugatti ones are already among my two favourite Veyrons of all time.
Then came the Rembrandt Bugatti, named after Ettore's brother, a sculptor. I liked it, but it wasn't very inspired visually, to say the least. But that was nothing next to the latest one, the penultimate in the series : the Bugatti Veyron Black Bess. I don't know why, but after 4 fantastic Légendes models, this is the one that's lost my attention. It tries too much to look like the old Type 18 Black Bess, and in doing so ends up looking weird and cheap. It just has too many colours, and although the gold stripes are okay, the red steering wheel is just too much. Speaking of the gold, by the way, it's all real gold. Way to go full Mansory, Bugatti. And then there's the dubious callbacks : it's got a picture of Rolland Garros' Morane-Saulnier on the doors, because the guy had a Type 18 and he also had a plane. Sure...
The whole thing just feels forced, and boring as hell. Come on, Bugatti, get this over with and give us a successor to the Veyron already ! Also, you suck for not building the Galibier.
Pictures : Bugatti via Carscoops.