Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bugatti's New Meo Constantini Legend Model Debuts at Dubai Motor Show


The third in a series of six limited-edition Bugatti Legends models is dedicated to Meo Constantini, a close friend of company founder Ettore Bugatti, the head of Bugatti factory race team and a two-time winner of the Targa Florio race.

The Bugatti Legend Meo Constantini is also a tribute to the Bugatti Type 35, one of the most successful racing cars of all time, which Constantini drove in Targa Florio races.

The car debuted at the Dubai International Motor Show (November 5-9). Just like the previous two Legend models, dedicated to Jean-Pierre Wimille and Jean Bugatti, the Meo Constantini edition is based on the Veyton 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse and will be limited to only three cars, priced at €2.09 million each ($2.82 million), excluding taxes and transport.

Unique styling touches include aluminum wings, doors, parts behind the doors, the “medaillons” and corners of the front bumper. The parts are hand-polished and coated with clear lacquer. The carbon fiber parts are painted blue, France’s classic motor sport color, with the color “Bugatti Dark Blue Sport” being specially developed for the vehicle.

The silhouette of the historic Targa Florio race course is painted on the underside of the rear wing, while Meo Constantini’s signature is engraved by laser into the aluminum tank and oil caps and painted in silver.

The interior is completely upholstered in leather, with the roof, footwell, center sections of the seats and rear wall sporting the color “Gaucho”, a sophisticated cognac tone. The seat’s side cushions, arm rests, extended center console, door panels, dash panel, instrument panel and steering wheel are all trimmed in dark blue leather in the “Lake Blue” color. The cabin also features racing scenes and vintage car motifs on the doors, which have been laser-engraved into the leather trim.

Technically, it is identical with the Bugatti Veyron16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, which means it’s powered by an 8-liter W16 engine producing 1,200hp and 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) of torque. The roadster accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.6 seconds and can reach a top speed of 409 km/h (253 mph) with the top down.

By Dan Mihalascu


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