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The €30,000 Bugatti Baby II You Can Drive Without a License

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Ettore Bugatti’s famous 1926 “Bugatti Baby” is being re-released in a limited edition run of 500 units and has started series production.
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The limited edition Bugatti Baby II. Credit: The Little Car Company/Bugatti

Last year at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Bugatti revealed plans to re-release the original 1926 “Bugatti Baby” in collaboration with The Little Car Company.

Originally developed back in 1926 by Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean, the Bugatti Baby was built as a scaled-down version of the Type 35 (and affectionately known as the “Type 52”) to celebrate the fourth birthday of Ettore’s youngest son Roland.

Ettore Bugatti Type 52 Baby Bugatti For Roland's Birthday
Ettore Bugatti with his youngest son Roland and the gifted “Type 52”. Credit: Bugatti

Initially, it was only going to be a one-off build. However, as others witnessed little Roland tearing around the Molsheim homestead and workshop in the miniaturized Type 35, it quickly became apparent that other parents wanted in, and the popular Bugatti Baby went into production between 1927 and 1936, producing around 500 units during that time.

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A larger scale version of the 1926 Bugatti Baby. Credit: Bugatti

While the original Bugatti Baby was a 50% scale of the Type 35, it struggled to fit a child any older than eight. In contrast, the Bugatti Baby II has been designed at 75% scale and will be suitable for ages fourteen upwards.

“Ettore Bugatti himself was already interested in catering to the children of Bugatti enthusiasts and designed the Type 52 miniature car as a genuine Bugatti. That was a sensation at the time,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “We are continuing this tradition with the new edition of the Bugatti Baby II, and I am delighted that we have found The Little Car Company, a partner that shares the same values as us. With the Bugatti Baby II, we invite a young generation of enthusiasts to fall in love with the wonderful world of Bugatti.”

Bugatti Baby II Aerial View
Details like the egg-shaped radiator and long tail body have carried through to the new edition. Credit: Bugatti

To cater to clients’ varying needs, the Bugatti Baby II is being produced in three different versions:

The Bugatti Baby II Base model 
  • Prices starting at €30,000
  • Composite body 
  • 1.4kWh battery pack
  • Novice drive mode – 1kW of power and limited to 20km/h (12mph)
  • Expert drive mode – 4kW of power and limited to 45km/h (30mph)
The Baby Bugatti Vitesse model
  • Prices starting at €43,500
  • Carbon fiber body
  • More powerful 2.8kWh battery pack with an upgraded powertrain and a Chiron-like “Speed Key” to enable it to go even faster
  • Novice drive mode – 1kW of power and limited to 20km/h (12mph)
  • Expert drive mode – 4kW of power and limited to 45km/h (30mph)
  • Bugatti Speed Key option to increase to 10kW of power and a top speed of 70km/h (42mph)
– The Bugatti Baby II Pur Sang collector model
  • Prices starting at €58,500
  • Hand-built aluminum bodywork (most closely represents the traditional coachbuilding techniques – taking over 200 hours to create)
  • More powerful 2.8kWh battery pack with an upgraded powertrain and a Chiron-like “Speed Key” to enable it to go even faster
  • Novice drive mode – 1kW of power and limited to 20km/h (12mph)
  • Expert drive mode – 4kW of power and limited to 45km/h (30mph)
  • Bugatti Speed Key option to increase to 10kW of power and a top speed of 70km/h (42mph)

Although more attuned to the power and dynamics of the much larger models, even Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace has been impressed with the smaller version sharing, “When you first sit in the car and look at each tiny detail, it reminds me in some ways of the first few months with the Chiron. You get the same feeling walking around the car, as everywhere you look there are beautifully engineered solutions and design details that really are quite amazing. It would be easy to create something like this with a quarter of the quality, but that’s what’s so brilliant about this car: it’s absolutely top-of-the-line, a work of art on wheels. “

Bugatti Baby II with Andy Wallace Test Driver
Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace with the Bugatti Baby II. Credit: Bugatti

“In its most powerful mode, when you have the ‘Speed Key’ inserted, the Baby II is a very fast car. It’s quite impressive and brilliantly fun. You get a lovely feel of balance, it handles just like the original Type 35 and the regenerative braking is a very cool touch. It’s truly an authentic Bugatti, there are no questions about that.”

Bugatti Baby II with Andy Wallace Test Driving
Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace taking the Bugatti Baby II for a drive. Credit: Bugatti

The Little Car Company CEO Ben Hedley shared, “To develop the Baby II we had to walk a fine line. We wanted to pay tribute to the original Bugatti Baby and Type 35, but also wanted to integrate modern technology and make it fun to drive. We are delighted to deliver the hand-built Baby II to customers and allow multiple generations to share the joy of driving. We believe that the vehicle is something really special, delighting collectors and car enthusiasts around the world. As a counterpoint to Bugatti’s production car world speed record last summer, we have developed a vehicle which you can enjoy at much lower speeds with your children and grandchildren”.

And if roaring around town isn’t enough to get the adrenaline pumping for your young ones (and let’s be honest – probably yourself after you’ve attempted to squeeze into the driver’s seat), as a Bugatti Baby II owner you’ll also get the added perk of becoming a Bugatti Owner’s Club member and be invited to all member events, allowing your kids and grandkids to race around some of the most famous motor racing circuits in a pint-sized Bugatti!

Bugatti Baby: www.bugattibaby.com

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Jaguar to Re-Release Special Classic Edition to Celebrate 60 Years of the E-Type

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Jaguar will release six restored and matched pairs of the iconic E-Type to celebrate the sports car’s 60th anniversary, known as the “E-Type 60 Collection”.
Jaguar Classic E-Type 60 Collection Edition 9600 HP and 77 RW
The Jaguar E-Type 60 Collection Pair in “Flat Out Grey” and “Drop Everything” Green. Credit: JDHT

It’s almost been 60 years since Jaguar launched the iconic Jaguar E-Type. To celebrate the anniversary that occurs in March 2021, Jaguar is releasing six special matched pairs of two of the oldest and most famous E-Types: The “9600HP and “77 RW”.

These two specific cars played a pivotal role in the original unveiling of the car at its world debut in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 1961.

Jaguar Classic E-Type 60 Collection 1961 Geneva William Lyons 9600HP
Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons presenting the E-type ’9600HP’ to media in Geneva, March 1961. Credit: JDHT

The “9600 HP” E-Type Coupe was an Opalescent Gunmetal Grey colored 3.8-liter Fixed-Head Coupe and one of the first two models to be revealed to an invite-only event at the Parc des Eaux Vives. To make it to the launch, public relations manager Bob Berry drove it “flat out” from Coventry to Switzerland the night before the launch and managed to make it with only minutes to spare in time for demonstration drives.

Jaguar Classic E-Type 60 Collection 1961 Geneva William Lyons
9600HP’ with Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons at the E-type launch, Parc des Eaux Vives, Geneva, 1961. Credit: JDHT

Due to the overwhelming response and demand for test drives, Jaguar Test and Development Engineer Norman Dewis was told to “drop everything” and join Bob in Geneva. It was the British Green 3.8 liter “77 RW” roadster that he drove overnight to Geneva to complete the media road test drives.

Jaguar Classic E-Type 60 Collection 1961 Geneva Norman Dewis
Jaguar test and development engineer Norman Lewis driving the “77 RW”. Credit: JDHT

Once described by Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car ever made,” the sleek, long lines and rounded curves of the E-Type were appealing to a wide range of customers and with an impressive top speed of 150mph saw over 70,000 racing off the factory floor over its 13 year production period.

“The Jaguar E-type is a genuine icon, as sensational today as the moment it was unveiled in 1961,” shared Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic. “It’s testament to the E-type’s advanced design and engineering that it can still be enjoyed and admired as passionately almost 60 years on. The E-type 60 Collection is a lasting tribute for E-type admirers, honouring the car’s legacy and the achievements of the team that created it – many of whom have descendants working for Jaguar Classic today, expertly restoring, maintaining and future-proofing enjoyment for generations to come.”

Like the first two models shown in 1961, the six matched pairs of E-Type 60 Collection will feature a coupe and a roadster in commemorative detailing and two exclusive paint colors: “Flat Out Grey” for the “9600 HP” coupe and “Drop Everything Green” for the 77 RW roadster.

Jaguar Classic E-Type 60 Collection 1961 Geneva Jacques DeClippel
Belgian Jaguar importer Jacques DeClippel with the original Jaguar E-Type Roadster “77 RW”. Credit: JDHT

Every E-type 60 Collection edition built by the team at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Warwickshire will be an existing 1960s 3.8-litre E-type fully-restored to exclusive 60th anniversary tribute specification.

Orders are currently being taken and pricing available through Jaguar Classic directly.

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Bentley Bentayga Speed SUV Is the Ultimate Performance Edition

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Bentley reveals the new Bentayga Speed model – the ultimate performance edition of the brands popular SUV.
2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Driving Front Side View
The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed. Credit: Bentley Motors

Bentley has announced a new “Speed” version of the Bentayga SUV, building on Bentley’s tradition of Speed models dating back to 2007 with the Continental GT Speed.

The most luxurious version of the Bentayga Speed to date, the new Speed version tweaks the 6.0-liter W12 engine to deliver maximum performance and includes many luxury extras as standard, including the Mulliner Driving Specification.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Driving Side View
Available with Bentley’s Black Specification. Credit: Bentley Motors

Hand-built at Crewe, the new Bentayga Speed increases the Bentayga’s performance to new levels, utilizing the 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbocharged engine to achieve a top speed of 190mph (306km/h) and deliver peak power of 635 PS (626 bhp).

Effortless acceleration is always guaranteed thanks to 900 Nm (664 lb.ft) of torque, available as a plateau from 1,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm while the Bentayga Speed’s 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint is delivered in 3.9 seconds.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Rear Side View
2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Rear Left View
Updated elliptical rear lights. Credit: Bentley Motors

“The new Bentayga has already raised the benchmark for luxury SUVs, against which all others are measured. Ahead of the launch of the new Bentayga Hybrid – the world’s only definitive luxury hybrid – in the coming months, it’s important that we still recognize the customer desire for absolute performance” shared Adrian Hallmark, Bentley Motors Chairman and Chief Executive. “The new Bentayga Speed remains the fastest SUV in the world, but more than that, it’s also the most luxurious version of the new Bentayga – the best of both worlds, the pinnacle.”

The Bentayga’s appearance has also had a few additions in the form of darkly tinted accents, a new front and rear bumper, and oval-shaped quad exhausts. If that’s not enough, there’s the option to upgrade to Bentley’s Black Specification featuring gloss black or carbon-fiber exterior chrome work and black 22” Bentayga Speed wheels.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Wheel
22″ Bentley Bentayga Speed rims. Credit: Bentley Motors
2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Name Badge
Speed badging on the new Bentayga Speed. Credit: Bentley Motors

The new interior of the Bentley Bentayga Speed also sees Alcantara introduced to the cabin and the Mulliner Driving Spec diamond quilting and “Speed” embroidery across the seats and wall panels.

The new Bentayga Speed now also has a fully digital driver’s information panel similar to the Continental GT and new Flying Spur. The display brings a contemporary look to the cockpit and can be customized to the driver’s requirements.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Interior
Alcantara leather and Mulliner Driving Specification stitching come standard. Credit: Bentley Motors
2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Steering Wheel

Exact release dates of the 2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed and final pricing are yet to be revealed but are expected to be upwards of USD$240,0,000.

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Maserati’s New Trofeo Collection Have Been Given Ferrari Built V8 Engines

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Maserati has announced both the Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo models will be given sporty Trofeo upgrades and powered by Ferrari built V8 engines.
Maserati Trofeo Ghibli Levante & Quattroporte Trio
The new Maserati Trofeo Collection. Credit: Maserati

Beginning in 2018 with the sporty Levante Trofeo SUV, Maserati has now announced the Ghibli and Quattroporte will also receive a super-sports upgrade and be made available in Trofeo versions – the top of Maserati’s range.

Powered by a 580 horsepower 3.8 V8 Twin Turbo engine, both the Ghibli Trofeo and Quattroporte Trofeo have a top speed of 326 kilometers an hour and take the title of Maserati’s faster sedans ever. In contrast, the Levante Trofeo’s maximum speed is 302 km/h.

Maserati Ghibli Trofeo 2021 Side View
2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo will launch in red. Credit: Maserati
Maserati Ghibli Trofeo 2021 Side Right View
Maserati Ghibli Trofeo 2021 Interior

The engine, which is already in the Levante Trofeo, is built at the Ferrari plant at Maranello to Maserati’s specifications, and has been modified and developed to deliver equally impressive performances on the rear-engine sedans.

Although entirely new for Ghibli, the V8 engine has already been used in the past on Quattroporte GTS as the 530 hp version and today is available in the 580 hp V8 engine in the new Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante Trofeo.

2021 Maserati Ferrari V8 engine
580hp V8 engine built in Maranello at the Ferrari plant. Credit: Maserati

The Ghibli Trofeo has also been given two extra air vents on the hood of the car while the lateral air vents are bordered in red with the distinctive Trofeo badge and features a new front grille finished in Black Piano.

2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo Side View
The 2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo sedan will launch in green. Credit: Maserati
2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo Front Right View

The Trofeo details continue into the interior, with a new on-board panel that displays an exclusive interface at switch-on, and headrests that bear the Trofeo badge with the name in three-dimensional embroidery. Both Trofeo models also feature full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather and carbon fiber inserts with the Italian flag embellished on the central pillar.

Like the Levante Trofeo, the new Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo incorporates the Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system, with a specific setup that guarantees enhanced driving dynamics and greater active safety.

2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo White Side Profile
2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo launching in white. Credit: Maserati

Both sedans feature a “Corsa” button that sets the car for an even sportier driving style. Also included is Launch Control, a function that first appeared on Levante Trofeo, to unleash all the engine’s power for the ultimate driving experience.

2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo White Rear View

For their official launch, the Quattroporte Trofeo model will be released in green, the Levante Trofeo in white and the Ghibli Trofeo in red to celebrate Maserati’s all-Italian heritage.

The new Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo will be built at the Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli Plant (AGAP) at Grugliasco (Turin), and Levante Trofeo at the Mirafiori (Turin) plant.

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