Would you spend £9,500,000 on a new car? You’ll probably answer no to that! What if, however, you could afford – money is no option – and the car in question is an absolutely unique one-off Bugatti?
This is the Bugatti ‘La Voiture Noire’ – our school level French tells us that is simply ‘The Black Car’ – and it’s a truly one-off, unique and never to be repeated car that has already been sold to a Bugatti collector for the figure mentioned.
What’s it all about? Well, the Bugatti brand was first seen in 1909 – 110 years ago this year – and Bugatti’s current owners thought it apt to create a car the would celebrate the wonderful designs of the master, Jean Bugatti, and encapsulate the spirit of luxury that is part of the brand.
The result, as we are sure you will agree, is something special.
When Stephen Winkelmann, Bugatti President, claims ‘La Voiture Noir’ to be at “the cutting edge of automobile production” and “a sculptural beauty” we can’t disagree. Like all Bugatti cars, it takes a different route to other hypercars, and dares to be very, very different.
Inspired by the iconic and very beautiful Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic, ‘La Voiture Noire’ features flowing lines and glorious swathes of sheer black curves, yet follows the trend of incorporating aggression into the overall design. To use a cliché without shame, it really does look fast while standing still.
At the very heart of the car is that simply amazing V16 engine, a powerplant that has become a legend in its own lifetime. This thundering beast of an engine is actually a jewel, a feat of engineering that set the standards other hypercar makers aim for, and continues to do so.
Would you pay £9,500,000 for a car? Somebody has, and what they have bought may become one of the most iconic vehicles of the era.