Latest Bugatti Chiron Spinoff Pays Homage to the Dawn of French Aviation11/27/2020
Bugatti churns out more special editions than you’d expect, given how small it is, but these iterative models hardly get boring. Most of the time, they’re pretty darn cool. The latest incarnation of super exclusive Bugs is no exception. The run of “Les Légendes du Ciel” or “Sky Legends” pays homage to the relationship that legendary French pilots of 1920s and 1930s had with Ettore Bugatti and his road cars.
The whole point is to honor France’s daredevils of the sky. Keep in mind that, while Ettore Bugatti was still running his own car company, air travel was just starting to be explored. French fighter pilots like Adolphe Pégoud and Roland Garros (Google them) were pushing the limits of what could be done in planes during World War I, and French commercial flight was in its infancy. Taking to the skies was no small task in the 1920s and even into the late 1930s.
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Only 20 of the special, sky-themed Chirons will be made and they will all be based on the Chiron Sport. The model is painted a matte grey with a gloss white stripe running down the middle, and the grille’s mesh pattern has been reshaped to resemble planes flying in a parade formation. The air ducts just behind the front wheel arch are painted in the French flag’s blue, white, and red colors, and the front fenders say Les Légendes du Ciel and have the propeller logo painted on. The Sky View roof (which is basically panes of glass in the Chiron’s roof) lends a further aeronautical feel.
Inside there are unique aeronautical treatments to the door panels, headrests, the door sills to help make the interior as standout as the exterior. As a quick refresher, the Chiron Sport has the same power output as the regular Chiron—1,479 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque, to be exact—but weighs 40 pounds less. The weight savings come thanks to a healthy smattering of carbon fiber. Each Chiron Sport costs from $3.67 million, but Les Legendes du Ciel will likely run you a little bit more than that due to its exclusivity and the extra handiwork that no doubt went into creating it.
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