Bugatti La Voiture Noire: World’s most expensive car

Bugatti is celebrating their 110-year anniversary and therefore, of course, releasing a new supercar. The Bugatti La Voiture Noire is the most expensive new car ever but, in spite of it’s immediate succes, Bugatti sticks to their decision of only making one.

The one and only Bugatti La Voiture Noire

Because of the price tag of $18.68 million (taxes included!), the Bugatti La Voiture Noire is the most expensive new car! The all black car is made from carbon fiber and built upon the Chiron drivetrain. Therefore, the escalated price is entirely due to the fancy design and the ultra-limited edidion as there are no performance enhancements compared to the Bugatti Chiron. Consequently, the Bugatti Divo is still the best-performing vehicle of the 110-year old Bugatti brand.

Bugatti La Voiture Noire: The world’s most expensive car
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“Once the design team finished with their work, the extremely limited-edition new car was bought by the first person it was offered to”

Bugatti Design director, Achim Anscheidt

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Tribute to the Type 57SC Atlantic

The name of the new Bugatti model is French for ‘The Black Car’. It’s also a modern interpretation of Jean Bugatti’s (eldest son of founder Ettore) Type 57SC Atlantic. The 57 Atlantic had an iconic all-black variant that went missing during WWII and this is what the anniversary model La Voiture Noire commemorates.

Bugatti La Voiture Noire: The world’s most expensive car
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Specs on Bugatti La Voiture Noire (same as Bugatti Chiron):

  • Mid-engine two-seater sports car
  • Based on the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept car
  • 8.0L quad-turbocharged W16 engine
  • Peak power output of 1,103 kW (1,500 PS; 1,479 hp) and 1,600Nm
  • Carbon fiber body structure
  • Accelerates from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 2.4 seconds and 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) in 6.5 seconds – it even does 0-186 mph (0-300km/h) in 13.6 seconds
  • In a world-record setting test, the Chiron reached 400 km/h in 32.6 seconds (after which 9.4 seconds is needed to brake to standstill)
  • Top speed is electronically limited to 420 km/h (261 mph)
  • It is speculated, that the real top speed without limiter is 465 km/h – however, no tires can handle the stress
Bugatti La Voiture Noire: The world’s most expensive car
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“What a badass way to celebrate your own birthday!”


The story of Bugatti

‘Automobiles Ettore Bugatti’ was founded in 1909 in Alsace by the Italian-born industrial designer Ettore Bugatti. To this date, the cars are known for their beautiful design and the astonishing racing performance. Something that has also given Bugatti many victories over the years. When Ettore Bugatti died in 1947, following the death of his son in 1939, there was no successor to lead the factory. As a result, the car manufacturer struggled for years before being bought for its airplane parts business in 1963. Later in the 1990s, an Italian entrepreneur revived the brand with a limited production of exclusive sports cars and in 1998 Volkswagen AC acquired the Bugatti brand.

Bugatti 57S

  • In 2009, a rediscovered Type 57S was sold for €3.4 million EUR at a motor show in Paris.
  • The Ralph Lauren collection includes a 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Drop Head Coupe (valued at $40 million)

The great Bugatti comeback was made with the launch of the Bugatti Veyron in 2005. Top Gear named the model ‘Car of the Decade’ and it is still the world’s fastest street-legal production car with a top speed of 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph).

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Price $18.68 million – but the only example is unfortunately already sold.

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Steen Hansen has always been into vintage, retro, architecture, gadgets and especially everything with an engine! With more than 11 years as Art Director on danish car magazines, test driver and continuously been pushing boundaries on the race track himself.