Bugatti La Voiture Noire unveiled: 2019 Geneva Motor Show

AutoTrader NZ
Published 3 September 2020

The ‘new’ Bugatti that had been teased by Molsheim for the past two weeks has finally been revealed as the Bugatti La Voiture Noire.

The one-off car, a homage to the lost ‘fourth’ Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic once owned by Jean Bugatti, has also already been sold.

Bugatti La Voiture Noire

Its sale price of 16.7 million Euro makes it the most expensive new vehicle ever sold.

It features the same drivetrain as Bugatti’s current lineup – an 8.0-litre W16 engine with four turbochargers pumping out gargantuan numbers.

Underneath, it’s likely based on a similar structure to that of the Bugatti Chiron or Divo.

Its 1103kW and 1600Nm W16 engine is, Bugatti says, part of the reason it decided on six tailpipes for the rear.

Bugatti La Voiture Noire

“Six tailpipes at the rear bear witness to its incredible power and are also a tribute to the 16 cylinders.”

The more obvious connection, for the keen-eyed, is that the original Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic also sported six pipes.

Though La Voiture Noire’s design is heavily inspired by the lost Bugatti which is the namesake of this new one-off, Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann says the car also takes into account Bugatti as a modern brand.


Bugatti La Voiture Noire



“La Voiture Noire is a far more than a modern interpretation of Jean Bugatti’s Type 57 SC Atlantic. It is a feast of aesthetics,” Winkelmann says.

“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.”