Continuing their 110-year celebration following the anniversary Chiron earlier in 2019, Bugatti has revealed a one-off hypercar at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The coupé, called La Voiture Noire (The Black Car), is said to be the world’s most powerful, luxurious and exclusive to date. “The true form of luxury is individuality. ‘La Voiture Noire’ is now at the cutting edge of automobile production. It is a sculptural beauty with unique technology, the ideal grand tourism,” says Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann.
The Bugatti La Voiture Noire is a modern interpretation of Jean Bugatti’s famous type 57 SC Atlantic, which was only made four times between 1936 and 1938. With its extended front end and the distinctive Bugatti C-line, the Voiture Noire creates an elongated impression with the elegant waistline defining the contours of the coupé.
Purism and elegance are reflected in the surfaces and clear lines. The bumpers are smoothly integrated into the body and the windscreen seems to flow seamlessly into the windows at the sides like the visor on a helmet. Without any irritating lines, the surface is “all of a piece” and there is nothing to disturb the optical flow. This means that the hyper sports car has changed its attitude and become a grand tourism – ideal for comfortable travel on long trips.
The heart of the new creation is the iconic 16-cylinder engine – unique in the automotive world and the peak of the engineer’s art. “This is not only an engine but the heart of the vehicle and a technical masterpiece. There is no other car in the world with such an engine. It is not only extremely powerful but also beautiful to look at,” Stephan Winkelmann enthuses. The 16- cylinder engine with a displacement of 8 litres develops 1,103 kW/1,500 PS and 1,600 Newton-metres of torque. Six tailpipes at the rear bear witness to its incredible power and are also a tribute to the 16 cylinders.
For €11 million (∼$18.9 USD million) this unique car has already been sold to a Bugatti enthusiast. It is the most expensive new car of all time. Only a few months after the presentation of the Divo, designed for even stronger lateral acceleration, Bugatti has once again shown that it has a perfect command of handcrafted coachbuilding and has reached another pinnacle in the history of the automobile.