Exclusivity Alert: 250-mph Bugatti Now Available with Hermes Leather
by KBB.com Editors | February 3, 2011 10:08 AM
At some point in the 1920s, the man behind Bugatti automobiles ordered a custom-made suitcase from the man behind Hermès leather goods. Thus began the friendship between Ettore Bugatti, a "horse-loving carmaker," and Emile Hermès, a "car-loving saddle-maker." Fast forward almost 90 years and the mutual admiration society is back in business. The Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès makes due with the same 1,001-horsepower, 16-cylinder engine found in lesser Veyrons, but receives exclusive Hermès-themed touches including handcrafted leatherwork throughout. Eight-spoke wheels are branded with a Hermès H, while vents around the wheels mimic Hermès saddle-stitching. Inside, an outbreak of bull calfskin envelops the dashboard, seats and the panel separating the engine and passenger compartments. Even the trunk is lined in leather, and houses specially fitted Hermès cases. The special edition is no faster or quicker than other Veyrons -- which is to say it will rocket to 60 mph in about 2.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of more than 250 mph -- but at about $2.5 million, it is pricier.