Antique Bugatti fans with teenagers, be they children or grandchildren, are getting a second chance to scratch a $35,000 itch.
During the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti decided to mark its 110th birthday by producing a replica of the Bugatti Baby. And, to paraphrase a famous line from a now decades-old Kevin Costner movie, if you build it, they will buy it. And they did — all 500 of them.
To paraphrase another Kevin Costner movie, this one more recent, we live in a different world than we did 400 days ago. There was no Geneva Motor Show this year due to the pandemic and that has also meant that some of the folks who committed $35K or more for a really cool looking Bugatti go kart, no longer have $35K to spend on such frivolities.
However, the ultra-premium car maker is committed to a production run of 500 of the Baby II so they’re looking for new buyers, or as the company puts it, “a very few build slots have become available and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.”
The original Bugatti Baby – a scaled-down Type 35 – was born in 1926 for Ettore’s grandson was a supposed to be one-and-done vehicle. However, the car proved to be so popular they put it into production from 1927 to 1936. About 500 of the cars, about 50% of the size of the original, were made during the 10-year run of the vehicle.
The new model, which is a bit larger at 75% of the original Type 35, was developed in partnership with The Little Car Co. Bugatti officials noted the Baby II has been described as “more of an unruly teenager than a Baby.” That’s because when the all-electric model is completely tweaked out, it has a top speed of nearly 45 mph, and will get there in a little more than six seconds.
Eight-year-olds would struggle to fit in the original half-scale Baby, the company notes, whereas at 75% scale and designed for ages fourteen and above, the Baby II has definitely become more of a young adult. Given the potential speed of the new version, the high-speed model is definitely suited to someone a little older.
The Bugatti Baby II is available in three versions:
- Base model with a composite body and a 1.4kWh battery pack.
- Vitesse model with a carbon fibre body, 2.8kWh battery pack and an upgraded powertrain including a Speed Key like its big brother, the Chiron1.
- Pur Sang model, targeted at collectors. The Pur Sang offers the same powertrain as the Vitesse but with beautiful, hand-formed aluminum bodywork. Using the same traditional coachbuilding techniques as the original Bugatti Type 35, each aluminum body takes more than two hundred hours of skilled craftsmanship to create.
The Baby II’s is rear-wheel drive like its predecessor. Additionally, all versions of the Baby II have a limited slip differential, high performance hydraulic brakes and selectable driving modes. The Base model comes with two modes; Novice which is limited to 12mph and 1kW or 1.3 bhp of power, and Expert which is limited to 30 mph and 4kW or 5.4bhp of power.
The Vitesse and Pur Sang versions include the Novice and Expert driving modes, but also offer extra performance from an upgraded powertrain, unlocked by the legendary Bugatti Speed Key. This pushes power to 10kW or 13.4 bhp. With an all up weight of just 230kg, the pair will likely spin their rear Michelin tires from standstill, on the way to a 42 mph top speed. Range on the lithium-ion batteries is about 15 miles.
“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,” said 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.”
Owners have their choice of multiple colors for the exterior and interior, including the exact same solid shades available on the Bugatti Chiron, and an online configurator is available to play with on the BugattiBaby.com website. The car also comes with some of the perks that all Bugatti owners enjoy, including membership of The Little Car Club and the Bugatti Owners’ Club, and be able to attend events where they, their children and grandchildren can drive their cars at famous motor racing circuits.
Again, it is a Bugatti so pricing is a little steep compared with the average “go kart.” The Base model starts at €30,000, about $35,000 while the Vitesse begins at €43,500, or $51,000. However, if you’re looking to go to the top end, the collectable Pur Sang comes in at €58,500, or nearly $69,000. Kevin Costner could probably afford one or two.