The French automobile giant Bugatti on Tuesday unveiled La Voiture Noire, the most expensive car ever.
Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire, which literally means ‘The Black Car’, is a one-of-a-kind creation that reflects Bugatti’s French heritage and its French identity.
The company claims that La Voiture Noire has the “comfort of a luxury limousine” while having the “power of a hyper sports car”.
“With ‘La Voiture Noire’, we are paying homage to our heritage and bringing speed, technology, luxury, and aesthetics forward to a new era,” said Bugatti Automobiles President Stephan Winkelmann.
The hyper sports car has a 16-cylinder engine with a displacement of 8 litres that creates 1,103 kW/1,500 PS and 1,600 Newton-metres of torque.
The car, which has a price tag of $18.9 million (after tax), has already been sold to a Bugatti enthusiast, the company said in a statement. Although Bugatti has not revealed the name of the buyer, the rumour is that is going to Ferdinand Piech, Ferdinand Porsche’s grandson and the chairman of VW Group from 1993 to 2002.
History behind “La Voiture Noire”
Jean Bugatti, the eldest son of company’s founder Ettore Bugatti, was a gifted automobile designer. Jean’s ideas and designs influenced the development of the company even years before given the responsibility for management in 1936 at the age of 27.
His most famous design was Atlantic. Only four of the Atlantics were made between 1936 and 1938, each of them with detailed differences created individually for a customer.
Three of the Atlantics still exist while the existence of the fourth one, which was used by Jean himself, is a mystery. The car disappeared in 1940 when it was dispatched to a safe region just before the German invasion of Alsace.
The new “La Voiture Noire“ is a reminiscence of Jean’s personal “la Voiture Noire“.
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