Meet the world’s most expensive car, The Bugatti La Voiture Noire
Unveiled at the last Geneva Motor Show, it joins the Divo as a derivative from the already famous Chiron hypercar. The La Voiture Noire is a modern reinterpretation of the Type 57 SC Atlantic from the 1930s and was built to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary.
Unlike the Divo, a car that’s going to be built in 40 units, the La Voiture Noire will remain unique. This vehicle was created specifically for a Bugatti enthusiast that’s “fascinated by the Atlantic,” a coupe that the French firm built in the 1930s. Despite the unique bodywork and detailing, the La Voiture Noir remains a standard Chiron under the hood, so performance is similar to the vehicle it is based on.
Specs at a Glance
- Make: Bugatti
- Model: La Voiture Noire
- Engine: W16
- Horsepower @ RPM:1479 @ 6700
- Torque @ RPM:1180 @ 6000
- Displacement:8.0 L
- 0-60 time:2.4 sec.
- Top Speed:260 mph
- Price: $18.9 million, including taxes
- Car segment: Supercars
- Body style: Coupe
Under the Hood
The La Voiture Noire is a standard Chiron under the hood. While it may sound a bit disappointing, we must not forget that power comes from a massive, 8.0-liter W-16 engine that cranks out an amazing 1,497 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. Compare this to the Type 57’s rating of only 135 horsepower and you’ll quickly understand what Bugatti has been up to since the 1930s.
It’s not the most powerful supercar you can buy though. The new Koegnisegg Jesko can deliver 1,578 horsepower on E85 biofuel, while the SSC Tuatara is rated at an astonishing 1,750 horsepower using the same type of fuel.
Although it’s based on the Chiron, just like the Divo, the La Voiture Noire boasts a unique exterior. The supercar still features Bugatti’s iconic horseshoe grille, but almost everything else is different or loosely based on the Divo.
Needless to say, both the splitter and the bumper vents are similar to the Divo’s, but both have a more aggressive design. It’s like Bugatti revised the aerodynamics for this model, but there’s no specific info on that. The headlamps are also new. Not only larger than the Divo’s, but they also have a new LED pattern that looks as if it’s made from diamonds. The front hood misses the vents we say on the Divo, and the louvers on top of the front fenders were removed as well.
Bugatti had nothing to say about the La Voiture Noire’s interior and didn’t publish any photos. We didn’t manage to get inside the car at 2019 the Geneva Motor Show either, so we don’t know what’s going on in the cabin. However, it should be heavily based on Chiron. Bugatti did the same with the Divo, and I’m pretty sure that this supercar has a similar cabin. After all, every Chiron is highly customizable, so the owner had access to a wide range of options.
It’s difficult to say what might hide behind the doors, but given that the guy who ordered this car is a big fan of the old Atlantic, the interior could draw inspiration from the iconic coupe. My guess is that the owner went for either an all-black leather interior or a combo that combines black and brown, just like the only two black-painted Atlantics had.
Pricing and Availability
La Voiture Noire is a one-off, and the French firm won’t build another one like it. The unique status explains why Bugatti sold this car for a whopping €11 million before taxes. This converts to around $12.4 million as of March 2019, but word has it the owner actually paid around $18.9 million after taxes.
This makes the La Voiture Noire the most expensive new car of all time, exceeding the value of the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta ($17.5 million) and the Rolls-Royce Sweptail ($13 million). That’s three times more than the Divo and six times more than the Chiron.