Bugatti La Voiture Noire Is The World’s Most Expensive New Car At €16.7 Million

Bugatti has teased a modern-day Type 57 SC Atlantic, and the ‘La Voiture Noire’ has just broken cover, though it’s not exactly new.

Unveiled during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, it’s described as “the ultimate GT” by CEO Stephan Winkelmann and builds on the Chiron, to which it adds a custom, and very impressive, bodywork.

‘La Voiture Noir’ is French for ‘The Black Car’, “a reminiscence of the Type 57 SC Atlantic”, says Bugatti, and best describes the glossy black finish chosen for the handcrafted carbon fiber bodywork. Nothing disturbs the optical flow; the bumpers are integrated into the body and the window design was inspired by a helmet visor, with the windscreen appearing to flow seamlessly into the side windows.

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There are no surprises in the engine compartment, as power comes from Bugatti’s 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16. It pushes out 1,500 PS (1,479 hp / 1,103 kW) and 1,600 Nm (1,180 lb-ft) of torque, identical to the one used in the Chiron and Divo, and “bearing witness to its incredible power” are the six tailpipes located at the rear.

The La Voiture Noire has become the most expensive new car of all time, after it was sold for €16.7 million ($18.9 million), tax included. If previous reports are correct, the man who purchased it is the former Volkswagen Group chairman Ferdinand Piech, adding it to his extensive collection that includes several high-end machines, including Le Mans racers.

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  • Miknik

    Better looking than a Chiron, but please, don’t even try to compare it to the thing of timeless beauty that the 57 SC Atlantic is…

    • Bash

      Amen to that! Well said!

    • donald seymour

      Not trying to sound like a era piece snob, but you are absolutely right! Even though the “modern” interpretation is delightful on the eyes, it doesn’t dare stand up to the original. The original was the definition of grace.

  • Mark Hawthorne

    It’s so confusing when brands hark back to their heritage and the produce an “homage” which has virtually nothing to do with the car they are referencing. There was so much anticipation of what a bespoke $10m+ car would look like from Bugatti but in truth, we all knew it was going to be a Chiron reskin and this isn’t even a particularly good one. Why talk of the Type 57? The design sketches allegedly providing inspiration do no such thing. The engine is in the wrong place. The proportions aren’t “cab-back” and the “fin” is at best vestigial.

    No doubt Piech or whomever has created this, is happy as the owner of the questionnably tasteful Mclaren X1 undoubtedly was. However, this is far FAR from a pinnacle of design as Winkelmann would have everyone believe. Not timeless, not elegant, not Type 57 inspired at all.

    • Mr. EP9

      I can’t even see the inspiration at all.

  • Bash

    It’s good, really good, what about the interior.

    • DaruniaG

      Probably the same as Chiron

  • KenjiK

    We had the race to horsepower, then the race to max speed, then the race to 0 to 60s… Now we have the race to the most absurd pricetag.
    16.7 millions for a rebodied chiron/divo…

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  • StrangerGP

    Six exhausts is one of the most tackiest design bits I’ve ever seen.

    • Bo Hanan

      Yeah, but when it takes flight its the coolest thing you’ve ever seen.

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  • MarketAndChurch

    scary gorgeous. A lambo concept made me feel similarly to the way this makes me feel. So did the El Miraj, and the Onyx, where I felt “I don’t think anyone’s going to top this for a while.”

  • exeptor

    The overall shape is awesome and the upper part of the back is simply staggering. There are several things that really annoys me:
    1. The wheels – just not working for the overall shape of the car. Probably are too big and the design doesn’t correspond good enough;
    2. The exhaust – six pipes are way too much. 57SC has 6 pipes but they are tiny and I really see no reason to be so accurate on this specific item when the rest of the car is quite different from the original;
    3. The rear diffuser – why so big? They made a stylish version of Chiron and just put this massive thing on the back. Why not something more rounded? I think that both the exhaust and the diffuser would’ve looked much better if they follow the ideas behind Veyron Super Sport back.

    P.S. Still the best looking modern Bugatti.

    • What really bothers me is how do you divide six pipes across 16 cylinders!

      • exeptor

        It is really strange and I’m not an expert but if I have to guess I think that it is this way:
        1. The farthest (from the back) 8 cylinders are divided in 4 groups of 2 in each group. Each group receive a pipe which makes for 4 out of 6;
        2. The closest 8 cylinders are divided in 2 groups of 4 in each, which makes for the rest 2 pipes;

        I guess the size (width) of the first 4 pipes is smaller than the last 2. My assumption is based on space under the hood and also with heat distribution.

    • donald seymour

      What! I love the wheels. I guess to each their own.

      • exeptor

        Absolutely. I personally think that they take too much attention and in my eyes are overdone.

  • Jorge Teixeira

    Seeing that there’s nothing french about this current incarnation of Bugatti, the fact that this monstruosity looks nothing like the Atlantic actually makes sense

  • Tinky-Winky

    Well, so much of the hype..

  • Major Lee Gassole

    I was at an auto show recently and someone was sitting in a 4-door PowerStroke Ford F250 Limited, listed for $83,000. His friend poked his head in the window and said, “The base price for an F250 is $35,000. Where’s the extra $50,000 in this one?” Same question I have for this “new” Bugatti.

  • Blade t

    I like it . I would like to see bugatti have some other models in their lineup..

  • MarkoS

    Gorgeous. I believe this would be called coach-building not simply re-skinning.

  • rover10

    What you are looking at is a motorised gold bar x many more. It represents another universe that masquerades as a car.

  • MIL1234

    The Lamborghini guy strikes again

  • nik

    The wheels don’t belong here! Also I’m curious to see what other details the black paint is hiding…

  • donald seymour

    Unlike @@disqus_GhwAuub2vv:disqus I Love the wheels.

    • nik

      Haha whatever Donald

  • Mr. EP9


    Needs more exhaust tips.

  • Dude

    The front is worse than the Devo but everything else is drop dead gorgeous

  • wtvlol

    16.7 million bodykit. Overpriced.

  • Thunderbolt

    All of those peasants in the background make the car look so ugly. Get out of the pictures already!

  • enthusia

    Love the wheels, everything else is decent. I feel like I’ve seen this before. But I don’t think any of us are surprised that it’s a one-off Chiron.
    And for well over $18 million… you just KNOW they are trying to bait some Saudi billionaire

  • exeptor

    Of course. I also gave an example with Veyron SS – it is still the fastest Bugatti and the back looks more elegant … so I guess it is possible.

  • Six_Tymes


  • Blade t

    I really like the design, but those wheels don’t work..

  • europeon

    Those 3d printed wheels are amazing. Unfortunately, the painted tires ruin everything.

    • SteersUright

      Exactly. Wheels are a work of art. The paint on the wheels seems like a cheap trick.

  • Kir Rik Davis


  • Six Thousand Times

    They haven’t improved on the Chiron.

    • SteersUright

      Don’t think so? I think this design is far less forced and better resolved. I like it far more than the Chiron, personally.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Fair enough.

  • Astonman

    Have to agree with you that is the best iteration of the present day Bugatti. It’s more elegant compared to the others.

  • Astonman

    good point – didn’t think of it that way

  • Livethedream
    • SteersUright

      This is hideous.

  • Eric D


  • Enter Ranting

    Is the whole back end a fake grille?!

    • MJ Coffey

      It’s not a real car, just a detailed 1:1 model.

  • SteersUright

    Calling this car is beautiful is an understatement. Its also no modern interpretation of the venerable Bugatti Atlantic.
    The price is lunacy, and clearly VW group testing the upper limits of the market. I’d love to have seen many of these made and at a price below the Chiron, not above. After all, this car is recycling the same basic platform almost entirely, thus development costs should’ve been paid for by the Chiron. Why not introduce something in greater numbers already? How else will they keep an awesome brand like Bugatti viable for the years to come? In fact, I’m really surprised we haven’t yet seen plans for a $500k-$1mil Bugatti SUV’s.

    • exeptor

      The general idea for Bugatti was not to make a huge profit, but to be a testing ground for new technologies and something as image maker for VW group. At least these were the plans when they aquired it back in 1998 when Ferdinand Piech was on charge. Of course the plan was never to generate loss, but this is exactly wat happened with Veyron – not sure what was the number but it was some hundreds of thousands per unit.

  • eb110americana

    I cannot tell, does this car have functioning headlights? They look like show car headlights, which are designed to illuminate, but that don’t actually throw any light onto the road ahead. If it is street legal, surely it needs them. They could be hidden in the slots below, or those could just be brake-cooling ducts, which seems to be the case. Also, the blocked-off rear grille looks very show-car. I could see some of it being blocked off, but all of it says to me that this may not be a functioning vehicle.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    For that price, I’d rather find someone to build me a new 57 Atlantic with original specs

    • exeptor

      If I recall correctly thing like that happens a few years ago. I remember that the whole body was done from magnesium and this exact part was quite a challenge. Can’t remember the price, bit it was nothing with 8 digits. In addition I guess that Pur Sang Argentina might be happy to get your 2-3 millions and make you a perfect recreation. With the rest of the money you can still buy the Jesco and a decent house in Hollywood.

      P.S. This is the way of thinking of someone who can only dream to sit inside one of these cars. The person who can afford them probably sees thing differently.

  • sidewaysspin

    Not bad overall, but the original from the 1930’s is impossible to beat. This is just a normal looking supercar with classic bugatti inspired small details everywhere but the overall shape is almost boring.

  • Big Black Duck

    Everything on this car screams WOW…especially the price tag!

  • exeptor

    No, it was more modern build. I tried to find it but without result. Of I somehow find it I will put it in this thread.

  • exeptor

    Hmmm, this might be it. But it is still an original car with new body.

  • paperloader

    Who is going to blow $12.5M on a car? Answer: Someone with more money than brains.


    HA HA HA Ha Ha haha….!

  • Infinite1

    Insane car

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