WHEN Bugatti goes full out to salute its heritage with limited editions, we tend to ogle. The Veyron Centenaire had the automotive world abuzz with its two-tone matte and gloss finish 10 years ago. This year, to mark its 110th, the French automakers have gussied up the track-hungry variant of the Chiron – the Veyron’s spiritual successor.
The result’s an unabashed tribute to France; tricolour stripes of blue-white-red make appearances on the wing mirrors and the spoiler underwing, and run down the length of what appears to be Alcantara bucket seats in Bleu de France.
The brake calipers, wearing a French Racing Blue, mirror this palette, lending a splash of overt colour to the handsome, matte blue carbon fibre exterior.
The headrests and dashboard both bear the commemorative “110 ans Bugatti” emblem, as does the hand-polished filler cap.
The car underneath it all remains unchanged – you’re getting a Chiron Sport packing a 1476hp quad-turbo W16 engine that slingshots you to 100 in 2.4 sec, and caps out at an electronically-limited 420kmh.
While the Sport variant boasts the same sprint stats as its vanilla counterpart, it received considerable improvements to handling while shedding 18 kilos from kerb weight. (Famously, it received carbon fibre wipers, which helped knock 1.4kg off the scales).
Here’s the catch: only 20 of these beauts are going to be made, and Bugatti won’t say how many orders they’ve taken on so far. They’ll likely cost a pretty penny on top of the US$3.2m (about S$4.4m) – but that’s the price to pay for a piece of history.