The spirit of perhaps the most renown “black” edition in auto history, Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire, is being resurrected as two special editions, appropriately announced on Black Friday.
Bugatti produced just four Type 57 SC Atlantic models, between 1936 and 1938, and one of them — the special La Voiture Noire — went missing at the beginning of World War II and was never found, rendering it the most valuable car in the world, if it were ever rediscovered.
In March 2019, Bugatti paid tribute the long-lost car with a 1-off reinterpretation that presented a coupe with the comfort of a luxury limousine and the power of a hyper sports car, claimed the company. It was bought by a collector for €11 million (roughly $16 million Canadian). With escalating customer interest, Bugatti decided to create two special editions of the Chiron — the sporty Chiron Noire Sportive and the elegant Chiron Noire Élégance — limited to just 20 cars.
The matte black Chiron Noire Élégance displays black exposed carbon covers, a fresh design for the arch grille, a solid silver Bugatti Macaron in black enamel, black calipers showing behind new Caractère wheels, the signature Bugatti “C” finished in matte-polished aluminum, black carbon and polished aluminum mirror and engine covers, and a Noire inscription on the front fenders and rear wing.
The interior is also dominated by black, with the only exception being the copy of the C-line in silk-matte finish. Noire is inscribed on the door sills and the outside of the centre console, which also sports a carbon badge on the armrest.
The Sportive version extends the matte black finish to the exterior carbon fibre trim, C-line, wheels, front spoiler, grille, parts of the engine cover and the four exhaust tips. The monochrome treatment is carried on inside, in the Noire embroidery (on the centre console and headrests), C-line and other aluminum trimmings, steering wheel, door handles and switches, buttons and knobs.
The cars are due to be delivered in the second quarter of 2020, for a cost of €3 million (roughly $4.4 million Canadian). The Chiron Noire treatment can also be added to the Chiron Sport package for €100,000 (roughly $146,000 Canadian).