GENEVA – The much-anticipated Bugatti one-off hypercar has finally broken cover and nothing about it is subtle.
Named La Voiture Noire, which is French for "the black car," the vehicle is Bugatti's most extreme model yet. And it's already sold.
Bugatti noted that the vehicle cost more than 11 million euros ($14.4 million) before taxes, making it the "most expensive new car of all time," the company added.
The Volkswagen Group subsidiary did not disclose who purchased the vehicle, outside of a saying it was a "Bugatti enthusiast."
Bugatti said the vehicle, which has a carbon fiber body, is a "coupe with the comfort of a luxury limousine and the power of a hyper sports car."
The vehicle is powered by the 8.0-liter, W-16 engine found in the brand’s Chiron hypercar. In the one-off, that equates to 1,479 hp and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. There are six tailpipes in the rear, Bugatti noted.
In terms of design inspiration, Bugatti pointed to Jean Bugatti's iconic Type 57 SC Atlantic.
While the model's relation to another Chiron based model, the Divo, is evident in the headlights, the rest of the vehicle is full of design elements unique to itself, including the wheel design, the rear, a deep black gloss exterior and handcrafted components.
Bugatti said the surface is "all of a piece" and "there is nothing to disturb the optical flow." Each component is handcrafted.
"With the La Voiture Noire, we are paying homage to our heritage and bringing speed, technology, luxury and aesthetics forward to a new era,” Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann said in a statement.