The ultra-luxury sports car maker Bugatti has unveiled the fifth special edition Veyron, part of its 'Legends' series of six special editions based on the Grand Sport Vitesse, ahead of a scheduled debut at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show on April 20. Named 'Black Bless,' the edition is a tribute to the 'Type 18 Black Bess' which Bugatti describes as being one of the first ever street legal supercars.
The Type 18 known as Black Bess is one of three Type 18s still in existence. Built between 1912 and 1914, only seven exclusive examples were built in total. The car was named after an English racehorse and is currently owned by Evert Louwman, who has it displayed at the Louwman Museum in Netherlands. He has allowed Bugatti to show the car in Beijing next week alongside the modern Bugatti Legend Black Bess Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.
The Type 18 was powered by a 5.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivered close to 100 horsepower, which was enough to see it reach a top speed of 160 kmph, a speed previously reached only on race tracks. While this special edition, is powered by the Veyron's quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 pumping out a whopping 1,184 horses of power.