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28 July 2020

You can now buy a budget Bugatti - but there's a catch...

By Matt CampbellMatt Campbell
  • Each Bugatti Baby II sports the distinctive Macaron badge. Each Bugatti Baby II sports the distinctive Macaron badge.
  • The Bugatti Baby II finished in French Racing Blue. The Bugatti Baby II finished in French Racing Blue.
  • The distinctive four-spoke steering wheel is a scale recreation of that seen on the Type 35. The distinctive four-spoke steering wheel is a scale recreation of that seen on the Type 35.
  • Andy Wallace on his way to the test track at Bicester Heritage. Andy Wallace on his way to the test track at Bicester Heritage.

If you can afford a Bugatti, you probably play striker for Manchester United, own a Fortune 500 company or have many hundreds of properties under development around the world. 

But now you don't have to be a squillionaire to get your hands on a handmade French supercar - because the Bugatti Baby is back!

If you're unaware, Bugatti branched out and built a bunch of these pint-sized electric toy cars for kids a few years back, and now the Bugatti Baby II has been launched to take advantage of bulging wallets and oversized egos the world over.

The rear-wheel drive, limited-slip-diff-equipped Bugatti Baby II can be had in Base spec with a 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a composite body, capable of up to 4kW of power and a top speed of 45km/h. It costs €30,000 (AUD $49,354), and it has a range of 25km.

Step up to the Vitesse and you get a carbon-fibre body, a battery pack that's twice the size (2.8kWh) and come with a Bugatti Speed Key, unlocking up to 10kW of power and a top speed of 70km/h. In fact, 0-60km/h is done in just six seconds, according to the brand, while range is double that of the Base, at 50km - but there are replaceable battery packs for swap-and-go fun. The Vitesse costs €43,500 (AUD $71,590).

And the range-topping Pur Sang is "targeted at collectors", scoring hand-formed aluminium bodywork that takes 200 hours to perfect. It gets the same power and driving specs as the Vitesse, but because of its handcraftedness it costs €58,500 (AUD $96,273). 

Maybe "budget" is a relative term, hey?