When one thinks of Bugatti, it evokes a symphony of luxury, engineering, and unparalleled craftsmanship. Yet, the brand’s recent venture, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport ‘Golden Era’, transcends even these superlatives, redefining the realm of automotive excellence. Birthed from a two-year endeavor, the ‘Golden Era’ is not just a car, but a testament to Bugatti’s relentless pursuit of perfection. It embodies the very essence of the Bugatti Sur Mesure program—a program dedicated to bringing even the most ambitious automotive dreams into reality, transcending the confines of conventional customization.
The mastermind behind this opulent dream is a distinguished Bugatti collector, with a profound respect for the brand’s storied past and its pioneering engineering, epitomized by the W16 engine. Desiring to commemorate this iconic engine, the collector envisioned a car that would also pay tribute to the rich lineage that culminated in the engine’s inception. Thus, the ‘Golden Era’ was conceptualized.
This collector’s profound passion ignited a collaborative flame with Bugatti’s design maestros in Molsheim, a journey beautifully facilitated by Bugatti’s esteemed dealer partner in Greenwich, Connecticut. Through countless discussions, visits, and sketches, a shared vision began to materialize, ultimately narrating Bugatti’s illustrious legacy.
The ‘Golden Era’ emerges as a mesmerizing tapestry, with the passenger side adorned by 26 hand-crafted sketches that illuminate milestones like the Type 41 Royale, a marvel of its time in 1926, and the Type 57 SC Atlantic, often acclaimed as the zenith of automotive design. These sketches aren’t mere illustrations; they’re time portals, capturing epochs when Bugatti reshaped the automobile landscape.
On the other side, the driver witnesses the brand’s triumphant resurgence post-1987, with 19 sketches chronicling Bugatti’s modern marvels, from the EB110 to the iconic Veyron and Chiron. Central to this automotive fresco is the W16 engine’s illustration, a testament to the 3,712 components that coalesce to form an engineering masterpiece.
Every sketch is a result of arduous precision, ensuring the perfect amalgamation of scale, proportion, and form. However, such a masterpiece deserved an unparalleled canvas. This was manifested in ‘Doré’, a bespoke golden hue, seamlessly transitioning into a metallic variant of ‘Nocturne Black’. On this grand canvas, the designers embarked on the herculean task of hand-sketching these illustrations onto the car.
Though fraught with challenges, Bugatti’s prodigious designers persevered, dedicating over 400 hours to perfect the car’s exterior, a reflection of their unwavering commitment to perfection. The interior is no less exquisite. It’s where past meets present, a juxtaposition of Bugatti’s historical icons with its modern legends. Each door panel features hand-painted depictions of the EB110, Veyron, and Chiron, juxtaposed against their historical inspirations like the Type 35 and Type 41 Royale. Such detailing wasn’t without its innovations. Novel methods were pioneered to ensure the longevity of these intricate designs, crowned by the subtle ‘Golden Era’ stitching and the ‘One-of-One’ motifs.
A timeless and incomparable homage to the era-defining moments in Bugatti history, the Chiron Super Sport ‘Golden Era’ is beyond comparison in the scale of its bespoke ambition; a project that could only have sprung from the minds of true Bugatti enthusiasts, and one that could only have been finished to such a perfect level of detail by the craftsmen in Molsheim.