One-Off Bugatti La Voiture is World’s Most Expensive New Car

By Paul Joseph

Among the array of stunning cars on display at the 2019 edition of the Geneva Motor Show currently taking place in Switzerland is the Bugatti La Voiture Noire, a one-of-a-kind hypercar claimed to be the most expensive new car in the world.

Taking inspiration from Jean Bugatti’s legendary 57SC Atlantic, often considered the most beautiful car ever built, the La Voiture Noire is a Chiron-based one-off and comes with an eye-popping starting price of $12.5 million.

Bugatti has launched several Chiron-based special cars over the past year, including the track-focused Divo. However, the La Voiture Noire takes exclusivity to a new level, going back to its coachbuilding heritage with bodywork entirely handcrafted out of carbon fibre.

Just like all the other Chiron-based hypercars, the La Voiture Noire is powered by the same quad-turbo W16 8.0-litre engine that produces 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque.

The name “La Voiture Noire” translates as “the black car” – and the one-off Bugatti is almost entirely finished in black. The carbon fibre body has a deep black gloss that shows the material’s ultrafine weave, and another visual element that harks back to the original La Voiture Noire is the cluster of six exhaust tips.

On top of the exhaust tips is the full-width LED brake light strip that wraps around the entire rear end of the car. Complimenting it are the sleek LED headlights on the front that extend on top of the wheel arches.

The La Voiture Noire has already been purchased, and its buyer is rumoured to be Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche and former chairman of the Volkswagen Group.

By Paul Joseph