Bugatti celebrates 110 years with $16.5M 1-off car

Voiture Noire pays homage to Type 57 SC Atlantic, Bugatti’s most famous car

Published: March 7, 2019, 6:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:56 PM

Bugatti Voiture Noire

Bugatti has a long history of hand-building exclusive cars, so it’s no surprise the company has presented the 1-off “La Voiture Noire” as the ultra-luxury brand’s celebration of its 110th anniversary.

“With La Voiture Noire, we are paying homage to our heritage and bringing speed, technology, luxury and aesthetics forward to a new era,” says Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann. “The true form of luxury is individuality. La Voiture Noire is a sculptural beauty with unique technology, the ideal grand tourisme.”

The car pays homage to the classic Type 57 SC Atlantic (regarded as the company’s most famous creation), with its stretched-out front end. full length spine and the signature Bugatti bodyside C-line, while maintaining the presentation of modern cars like the Veyron and Chiron. It also maintains the Bugatti design history of appearing as if the body is chiselled out of a solid block, instead of assembled.

“Every single component has been handcrafted and the carbon fibre body has a deep black gloss only interrupted by the ultrafine fibre structure,” says Bugatti designer Etienne Salomé. “We worked long and hard on this design until (there) was nothing that we could improve (on). For us, the coupé represents the perfect form with a perfect finish.”

Befitting the name, the car is all black, with the only colour added by the red Bugatti badge and brake callipers in the company’s traditional racing blue. And befitting the performance tradition of the brand, power comes from the 8.0-litre quad-turbo W-16 that makes 1,479 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque.

The car has been bought by a Bugatti enthusiast, and Type 57 Atlantic admirer, for a sum of €11 million (about $16.5 million Canadian), making it, by far, the most expensive new car ever.