Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire Is the Most Expensive New Car Ever Built
Continuing their 110 year celebrations, Bugatti has revealed a one-off hypercar at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and it’s just a bit special. Called ‘La Voiture Noire’, not only is it beautiful, powerful and rapid, it’s also the most expensive car ever built.
Ettiene Salomé and his design team took a look through the Bugatti back-catalogue to design La Voiture Noire, with the Type 57 Atlantic (as well as the Chiron) the standout inspiration. Only four were ever made between 1936 and 1938, with the final version belonging to Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean – the man who designed it – and it was called ‘La Voiture Noire’.
All that history means the 2020 La Voiture Noire is an extraordinary looking machine. The Chiron has clearly been used as its basis and it packs a near-1500bhp, 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged, 16-cylinder engine underneath the reworked rear end, which also features six tailpipes.
All that carbon fibre has been used to extraordinary effect too with things extended on the front end, while the waistline is elegant and the c-line distinctive. Everything is pure and almost sensual, with even the bumpers flowing into the body smoothly and the windscreen seamlessly integrating into the side windows.
While the exact figure hasn’t been confirmed, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire is expected to set its sole owner back a mere £12 million, making it the most expensive new car ever. Yes, it’s a ridiculous amount of money and nothing will ever truly be worth that. But what is life if you can’t drop your cash on something this stunning?
On the other side of the spectrum, Citroën has unveiled their latest vision for the future of urban exploration at the Geneva Motor Show in the Ami One Concept electric vehicle – set to be operated by people without a driver’s licence.