Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport 2014 Vitesse Black Bess revealed:

Bugatti’s latest addition to their Les Légendes de Bugatti series has the longest name so far. The new model is named after the Type 18 “Black Bess” seen together with the new machine in our lead image. The Type 18 was one of the firm’s most important pre-war cars but we’re not sure that the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport 2014 Vitesse Black Bess will have the same sort of impact its namesake had.

Black Bess

As the Type 18 was raced by the firm’s founder Ettore Bugatti, it holds a special place in their folk law. It was a lightweight sports car that Bugatti took to a class win at the 1912 Mont Ventoux hill climb event. As the Bugatti Type 18 only had a 100mph top speed and could only produce 98bhp, a lighter and smaller car would probably have been a more fitting tribute to the Black Bess, but that’s not what Bugatti make nowadays.

Fastest production roadster

The latest machine is a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse in new clothes, so you get an updated interior and some exterior touches that distinguish it from other Veyron’s. As with other Grand Sport Vitesse models, this one’s powered by a 8.0 litre W16 engine with 1,183bhp and 1,500 Nm of torque. There’s a 254mph top speed and you’ll get from a standstill to 62mph in 2.6 seconds.


Carbon fibre has been used on every panel of the car but you won’t see any of the weave as it’s been covered by a black gloss with golden accents that are made from 24-carat gold. The EB badge on the rear of the Veyron is finished in gold as have the tank and oil caps, which have also been engraved with the “Black Bess” nameplate.

Legends series

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess is the fifth of six models under the Legends Grand Sport Vitesse series. The far prettier Jean Pierre Wimille edition is the best so far but Bugatti could be saving the best till last.


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