Last year at the Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti presented the new edition of the original Bugatti Bébé from 1926 to mark the 110th birthday of the luxury brand – at that time an exclusive children’s vehicle built at a scale of 1: 2.
The new edition, now a quarter larger and developed in collaboration with The Little Car Company, was completely sold out after only three weeks. Despite strict limitation to 500 pieces and proud prices from 30,000 to 58,500 euros.
Thanks to Corona, there are babies again
The first Bébé II will soon be delivered to customers. Bugatti announces that “due to global circumstances and the resulting changes in the circumstances of some customers”, some copies from the limited series are available again. Apparently, customers lost so much money in the Corona crisis that they canceled their high-end children’s cars. These are now awarded according to the “first come, first serve” principle.
The 2.80 meter long Bugatti Bébé II is available in three versions: as a base model with a body made of composite materials and a 1.4 kWh battery for 30,000 euros. As a Vitesse variant with a carbon body and twice as large 2.8 kWh battery for 43,500 euros and as a Pur Sang collector model (same drive as Vitesse but with more than 200 hours of hand-made aluminum body) for a breathtaking 58,500 euros.
The original Bugatti Bébé was created in 1926 when Ettore Bugatti and son Jean decided to give Ettore’s youngest son Roland a miniature replica of the Type 35 for their fourth birthday. Originally, only one copy was planned. However, the many positive reactions from customers who noticed the little Bugatti during their visits to the Molsheim plant prompted the Bugattis to build another 499 copies of the Bébés between 1927 and 1936. Today, a Bugatti collection is not complete without the popular Bébé.
Up to 70 km / h top
In the basic model, the beginner mode offers a power of 1 kW and 20 km / h top speed, in the professional mode, however, 4 kW power and a top speed of 45 km / h. With the Vitesse and Pur Sang models, the Bébé pilot can also choose between beginner and professional mode. In addition, the additional boost that can be activated via the legendary Bugatti Speed Key ensures up to 10 kW – and 828 Nm wheel torque! With a total weight of 230 kg, the Bugatti children’s models reach a top speed of up to 70 km / h (!) Depending on the weight of the driver and sprint from 0 to 60 km / h in just six seconds. The range with one battery charge is between 25 ( Base) and 50 kilometers (Vitesse, Pur Sang).
When it comes to handling, the rear-wheel-drive Bébé II is in no way inferior to its legendary ancestor, the Bugatti Type 35. Thanks to insane effort: “Based on a digital 3D scan of the original GP car with identical geometry and suspension, the Bébé II was able to achieve an authentic driving behavior,” says Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann. The only modern detail on the new edition are the adjustable dampers for individual driving behavior adjustments. Just like the big Bugatti for mums and dads.