This Drivable Mini Type 35 Is a Bugatti You Can Afford

The Baby II starts at around $34,000, and goes over 28 mph. Slower than a Chiron, sure, but a lot cheaper.

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Want to own a Bugatti, but can't swing the $2.6 million asking price for a Chiron? Well, you're in luck, because Bugatti just launched a new car to celebrate the company's 110th anniversary, and it has a much more reasonable MSRP. This is , a 3/4th-scale electric Type 35.

The Baby II is equipped with a pack of removable lithium-ion batteries, an electric motor driving the rear wheels, and a limited-slip differential. There are two different power modes: A "child" mode with a 1kW output and a top speed limited to 12.4 mph, and an "adult" mode with a 4kW output and a top speed limited to 28 mph. If you're interested in going even faster, an optional "speed key" (yes, like the Chiron) turns the power up to 10kW and disables the speed limiter. There's even regenerative braking to help recharge the batteries.

Design-wise, it's basically just a miniature Type 35, with eight-spoke aluminum wheels, working headlights, and French Racing Blue paint (with more color options available). The cockpit is pretty accurate too, with a turned aluminum dash, a leather seat, a custom instrument cluster, and a four-spoke steering wheel.

As you've probably guessed by the Baby II's name, this isn't the first time Bugatti has built a scaled-down roadster. The original Baby was a half-scale Type 35 made in 1926 by Ettore Bugatti for his son's fourth birthday. It was meant to be a one-off, but customers visiting the factory saw the Baby and demanded copies of their own, so it was put into production. Around 500 were built, and many have survived to this day.

Perhaps the best part about the Baby II is its price—it's the cheapest new Bugatti by a wide margin. Sure, it's not street legal, and it doesn't go 261 mph, but hey, it's still a Bugatti. Only 500 are being made, so .

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