RE: Bugatti La Voiture Noire: Geneva 2019

RE: Bugatti La Voiture Noire: Geneva 2019

Tuesday 5th March

Bugatti La Voiture Noire: Geneva 2019

Bugatti pays tribute to Type 57 SC Atlantic with most expensive one-off car of all time



Now this is more like it. While Bentley celebrates its centenary with a couple of trim pieces and some green paint, fellow VW Group resident Bugatti is showing them how it's done. To mark its 110th anniversary, the manufacturer has released a Chiron-based homage to its legendary Type 57 SC Atlantic. Dubbed 'La Voiture Noire', the one-off creation pays tribute to the original car of the same name.

That was a model designed by Jean Bugatti, son of company founder Ettore, only four of which were ever built. With the whereabouts of just three known today, it has become one of the most valuable classic cars in the world - fitting then that its namesake is said to demonstrate Bugatti's "perfect command of handcrafted coachbuilding" while representing "another pinnacle in the history of the automobile".


Of course, it's easier to create bespoke birthday presents to yourself when you have customers like former VW boss Ferdinand Piech, widely believed to be the unnamed "Bugatti enthusiast" willing to drop a cool €11m (€16.7m after taxes) in order to have the one-off machine commissioned. And what a thing it is.

The changes are most visible at the rear where the Chiron's recessed vents, straight light bar and dual exhaust have been replaced with a more curvaceous, flowing design featuring flared haunches, a swooping engine cover and six enormous tail pipes. Those aren't just for show, either; the Voiture Noire's 8.0-litre W12 engine may not produce any more power than standard, but it hardly needs to when 'standard' is 1,500hp and 1,180lb ft of torque.

The front end is extended, mimicking the Type 57's prolonged bonnet, the windscreen flows seamlessly into the windows "like the visor on a helmet", while a dorsal seam similar to that of the Atlantique runs the full length of the car, even incorporating the windscreen wiper.


Every single panel on the car is crafted from high gloss black carbon fibre, while there are new designs for the headlights and wheels, though the interior remains under wraps.

As you might imagine, there are some choice quotes from Stephan Winkelmann, who said: "Our history is both a privilege and a responsibility - the responsibility for continuing the Bugatti heritage into the future. With "La Voiture Noire", we are paying homage to our heritage and bringing speed, technology, luxury and aesthetics forward to a new era" before going on to describe the car as "a feast of aesthetics." Those aesthetics won't be to all tastes, of course, but from where we're sitting, it's hard to disagree with Mr Winkelmann.






 

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TREMAiNE

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2,812 posts

88 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Not how I would personally spend £10+ million but I'm sure it will make someone from the middle east very happy!

It almost looks nice too. Wheels are a bit much though.

Burwood

11,377 posts

185 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Needs more exhaust pipes hehe

NJ72

142 posts

37 months

Tuesday 5th March
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It's nice, but the front looks a little Alfa 4C to me...

ZOLLAR

19,629 posts

112 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Wow.

That windscreen/visor on a helmet look is great.

epom

6,152 posts

100 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Its called selling out, but alas I've no doubt it is sold. Shameless.
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big_rob_sydney

2,239 posts

133 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Coming soon to a car cocoon...

Fast car, probably wont be driven due to "investment" status. What a pity that such technological excellence might not be put to its intended function.

morgs_

1,416 posts

126 months

Tuesday 5th March
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CM954

498 posts

124 months

Tuesday 5th March
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epom said:
Its called selling out, but alas I've no doubt it is sold. Shameless.
Did you read the text or just look at the pictures? Assuming Ferdinand Piech is keeping it, having spent his own money on it - exactly how is this "selling out"?
Bizarre.

Pothole

26,460 posts

221 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Vile. Amazing how much money there is to be made scamming emissions regs, eh?

Fire99

9,515 posts

168 months

Tuesday 5th March
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The exhausts remind me of an old Mercedes coach.. I'm sure I used to see a few of those as a kid with many 'pipes'.

As has already been said.. It's going to be bought and locked away somewhere far far away. May have been less hassle for Bugatti to make a moveable bodyshell and no engine. If it's going to be treated like a piece of art, it may as well behave like one.

tuffer

8,449 posts

206 months

Tuesday 5th March
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TREMAiNE said:
Not how I would personally spend £10+ million but I'm sure it will make someone from the middle east very happy!
Of course, it's easier to create bespoke birthday presents to yourself when you have customers like former VW boss Ferdinand Piech, widely believed to be the unnamed "Bugatti enthusiast" willing to drop a cool €11m (€16.7m after taxes) in order to have the one-off machine commissioned.

scottygib553

61 posts

34 months

Tuesday 5th March
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From some angles it looks superb, others it is not so good but there is no doubting the car is a work of art. The price doesn't even matter.

Greenmantle

342 posts

47 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Given the colour of the brake calipers I am going to stick my neck out and say Qatar!

Gecko1978

2,241 posts

96 months

Tuesday 5th March
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I like it and if I were a billionaire then perhaps 10m plus for a car is actually not a problem. The world is a better place for creations like this like it or not. If they made 20 then I suspect the cost would fall an be less special but I also suspect its a test bed for further one off models like Ferrari do

gigglebug

996 posts

61 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Not sure about the front but the rear is step up from the standard Chiron which I've never been a massive fan of after the restrained elegance of the Veyron. Maybe a few less exhausts if I'm being picky. Presumably there will be pictures of the interior at some point?

Do folks bother to read the text nowadays or is it just a case of a quick look at the pictures then see who can post the most obvious cliché the fastest?

Petrus1983

1,746 posts

101 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Personally I think it’s beautiful.

redroadster

860 posts

171 months

Tuesday 5th March
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I suppose it makes sense to whoever buys it .Not that it matters I think it's crap .

Ardennes92

186 posts

19 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Think I would rather have the original and settle for a bit more pedestrian performance

C7 JFW

966 posts

158 months

Tuesday 5th March
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I hope the handbrake works well, it'll be the only part of the car that's ever used.

aazer89

282 posts

83 months

Tuesday 5th March
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The more I look, the more I like it.