Alpha-class exotic carmaker Bugatti decided to resurrect the Chiron model for a special, limited-edition themed production run that pays homage to the French pioneers of the air, and the close connection between aircraft and automotive that prevailed during the golden age of the automobile. To wit, many Bugatti racing drivers of that era happened to have had careers as pilots in the French Air Force. Bugatti calls the variation on the Chiron Sport Les Légendes du Ciel. Among these legends of the sky: Roland Garros, who lends his name to the Grand Slam tennis tournament colloquially known as the French Open. Also on the list is Albert Divo; the Bugatti Divo is named after him.
The Chiron Sport Les Légendes du Ciel features an exterior that calls to mind aircraft of the era. Bugatti calls the color ‘Gris Serpent’—it’s a matte gray tone—and accents it with a glossy white ‘runway-like’ stripe that bisects the car from its bi-wing nose to its rear wing. The Chiron’s horseshoe grille recalls a parade formation of aircraft, and the side sills—in exposed carbon fiber—are given the colors of the French flag. To highlight the heavenly aspirations of the early pilots, buyers can option a glass roof for their car.
Inside the Chiron Sport Les Légendes du Ciel, a cockpit-like design is used. The primary thematic decoration is a sketch on the doors featuring a Nieuport 17 Biplane and a Bugatti Type 13 in furious, simultaneous motion. The saddle-brown upholstery and trim in Gaucho leather recalls a Nieuport 17’s interior, and the parade-formation flourish is reprised in the stitching. A propeller logo appears on the headrests and as a brushed aluminum badge on the console, and the seats feature aero-like ports.
The Chiron Sport’s version of the famed Bugatti 8L W16 engine transfers into Les Légendes du Ciel; its maximum speed is limited to 261 MPH. Give it wings, it might take off.
Only 20 will be produced.