Bugatti unveiled the one-off “La Voiture Noire” this week at the Geneva Motor show. The car was created to pay homage to the famed Type 57 SC Atlantic and already has been sold — for €11 million ($12.4 million).
It’s been reported that the buyer is former Volkswagen Group chairman Ferdinand Piech, who in 1998 led the effort to add Bugatti to the VW group.
While “La Voiture Noire” is a one-off, it wasn’t the only car Bugatti unveiled at Geneva. It also showed a special-edition Chiron Sport, “100 ans Bugatti,” to celebrate the company’s 110th anniversary. Bugatti said it will make 20 such cars — and they all have been pre-sold, for €3 million ($ 3.39 million) each
Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann said the “La Voiture Noire” is at “the cutting edge of automobile production. It is a sculptural beauty with unique technology, the ideal grand tourisme. This is a coupé with the comfort of a luxury limousine and the power of a hyper sports car.
“Our history is both a privilege and a responsibility – the responsibility for continuing the Bugatti heritage into the future,” he added. “With ‘La Voiture Noire,’ we are paying homage to our heritage and bringing speed, technology, luxury and aesthetics forward to a new era.”
Bugatti added that the car is tailor-made and “only comparable with the haute couture of exclusive Paris fashion designers.”
Empowering the car is a 16-cylinder 8.0-liter engine producing 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque.
Meanwhile, the “110 ans Bugatti” special edition is presented as a tribute to Bugatti’s home base of France, with tri-colors blue, white and red trimming the bodywork and interior.