Bugatti's concept sits on wheels that are some of the wildest, most sculptural hoops we've seen anywhere. Following the Aerolithe concept, which was constructed of aeronautical grade magnesium alloy, only four Bugatti Atlantics were produced. Then there's the Chiron Sport variant, which tacks a few hundred thousand dollars onto that number, and options like the Sky View roof and colored carbon-fiber body panels raise the price even further. The special edition comes in two versions, the Noire Élégance and Noire Sportive, and only 20 will be made. It still has an aggressive front end with massive grille openings and an even deeper front splitter, but the large front fender intakes are hidden and gone are the openings ahead of the rear wheels. Company lore has it that the sleek ride mysteriously disappeared while being transported from Molsheim to Bordeaux, and the modern concept plays tribute with the addition of an aluminum centerline that echoes the long-lost example's riveted rib. It's called La Voiture Noire, and Bugatti says it's the most expensive new car of all time, costing its owner $18.9 million including taxes (or $12.5 million before them). That said, Heyl remarks that it took "a lot of tricks" to get appropriate levels of air pressure into the Chiron's side ducts for proper engine cooling. There's no such thing as a "cheap" new Bugatti. The Secrets of Bugatti’s $19 Million La Voiture Noire. The carbon-fiber body is finished with a deep black gloss that shows the material's weave, and only a sparse amount of chrome trim breaks up the darkness. Bugatti's new La Voiture Noire is designed to recall the Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic of the 1930s.

Compared to the Divo, La Voiture Noire's body is extremely smooth and streamlined, and the nose is much longer, giving it an almost front-engined look. One of the biggest differences is seen when viewed from the front 3/4 angle: While the Divo has a prominent A-pillar that flows back, merging with the roof and becoming the signature Bugatti "C-line" that surrounds the windows, La Voiture Noire has "hidden" A-pillars, making the windshield appear to wrap around the body like the visor on a helmet. As on the Chiron, the taillight is one giant LED strip that extends across the length of the rear, but on La Voiture Noire it follows the curvature of the rear end that is created by the rear haunches and deck. Either way, the Atlantic has never been seen since. So far, Bugatti is keeping La Voiture Noire's interior a complete secret by not releasing photos of the cabin or leaving the vehicle's door open on the Geneva Show stand. The Limited Legends.

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Our car experts choose every product we feature. Bugatti has only constructed one La Voiture Noire, the homage to the Jean Bugatti… "That customer didn't hesitate," said Auger. The most coveted of those cars is chassis #57453, original La Voiture Noire, which was Jean Bugatti's personal car. The one-off homage to a classic Bugatti car celebrates the company's 110th anniversary But today at the Geneva auto show, Bugatti has revealed a one-off car that truly does make the rest of its lineup look cheap and basic.

Of the four, the most legendary is the second car, which was Jean Bugatti's personal example. One of the defining features of the classic Atlantics is the large central dorsal seam that runs the entire length of the car. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links. Unfortunately, the clip doesn't provide an opportunity to see La Voiture Noire show off its performance or make music from the six exhaust outlets. What a difference a splash of Italian sunshine makes. 10 months ago. Underneath the taillight is a large lit-up Bugatti script, with a piece of bodywork below it splitting the rear end's venting into two sections and aping the shape of the diffuser. That's one more than was found in the Atlantic's row of tips, with the new number representing the engine's 16 cylinders. Unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show, La Voiture Noire – French for "the black car" – was sold to an unnamed Bugatti aficionado for an eight-figure sum.. The two-tone wheels have an almost organic look to them, and the car seems to use Bugatti's 3D-printed brake calipers. This concept can be driven, though at "show-car speeds." The one-off has been inspired by Jean Bugatti's legendary 57SC Atlantic.