Dubbed “La Voiture Noire” this luxury sports car is the only one of its kind ever built and was specifically designed and developed to honour 110 years of the Bugatti brand.
Enthusiasts of this subsidiary of Volkswagen eager for Bugatti news were rewarded with the unveiling at the prestigious 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.
Although the buyer remains unconfirmed to date, the one off coupe has earned itself the title of the most expensive car in the world by selling for an unmatched 16.7 million euros. Industry news suggests that Ferdinand Piech may have secured the sale for himself adding to a number of rare cars in his collection. Grandson to Porsche’s founder and a former executive at Volkswagen, Piech earned a reputation in his time with the manufacturer for supporting the most costly projects under development.
History in its making
To celebrate this grand occasion for Bugatti the design of La Voiture Noire pays due homage to Jean Bugatti’s Type 57 SC Atlantic. Just four examples of this legendary model were produced in the years spanning 1936 to 1938.
Although La Voiture Noire gives tribute to its revered ancestor, Stephan Winkelman, President of Bugatti insists “it is far more than a modern interpretation.”
Distinctive design both outside and within
This unique hyper sports car is presented in a deep black carbon fibre body with elegant contours and integrated bumpers. The windscreen was carefully crafted to reflect the seamless look of a racer helmet’s visor allowing nothing to interfere with the aerodynamic flow of the aesthetics. To the rear the car is afforded six exhaust pipes.
All components of the car have been handcrafted and painstakingly refined by its engineers and designers. The 16-cylinder engine possesses a 1,500-horsepower capability although its top speed has not been revealed by Bugatti at this time. The vehicle’s specifications are comparable to the Bugatti Chiron that was unveiled at a previous Geneva Motor Show in 2016. The Chiron can accelerate from two to four seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 261 mph.
La Voiture Noires is more than just a luxury sports vehicle. By combining the premium comfort and technology of a limousine with the V-16 power of a hypercar the designers at Bugatti have created the perfect example of Grande Tourisme.