It is fitting that the most expensive “new car” in history is a $12.45 million tribute to Jean Bugatti’s lost Type 57 SC Atlantic called simply La Voiture Noire. Just so you know, the pictures do it little justice.
Sometime during World War II, Jean Bugatti’s personal Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic was lost meaning that only three of the original four remain to this day. The Volkswagen Auto Group has created a modern interpretation of that car calling it the Bugatti La Voiture Noire. And it’s already sold.
One of the things we wondered about when the teaser images of the Type 57 SC Atlantic were circulating on the interwebs, referred to as La Voiture Noire, was if it was to inherit the Chiron’s W16 engine. It has and so the quad-turbo 8.0-liter engine, which produces 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb.-ft. of torque, does power all four wheels.
As difficult as it may be to believe, this is probably the least impressive bit about La Voiture Noire. The car has a handcrafted carbon fibre body, six exhaust tips (as the originals had), a full-width LED brake light strip, magnificent wheels and the most prominent Bugatti horseshoe grille to date.
As we’ve said, the car is sold. The price paid? Somewhere in excess of $18 million. That makes it the most expensive car ever and certainly the most expensive at the Geneva Motor Show which is saying something.
The question we’re all asking is who bought it? Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann responded only that a “Bugatti enthusiast” now owns it. Last week, it was rumoured that the car was commissioned by Volkswagen Group Chairman Ferdinand Piëch for the sum of $18 million. We think the question is answered.
This is one incredible way to mark the brand’s 110th anniversary. Let’s take a closer look at this incredible piece of automotive art
Bugatti La Voiture Noire Pictures Gallery