More than just transportation and modern luxury, this is the ultimate creation of dynamic engineering, rich heritage, and iconic legacy into automotive flamboyance and power like no other. It is what reigns among all – the black car.
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In the March 2019 Geneva International Auto Show, Bugatti has revealed a modern interpretation and one-off homage of the founder Ettore Bugatti's son, Jean Bugatti, in his personal Type 57 SC Atlantic that was lost in the World War II. The grand tourer was made in celebration of Bugatti's 100th anniversary with such a sculptural beauty created with unique technology and was named the Bugatti “La Voiture Noire”.
And just like that, the Rolls-Royce was dethroned from being the most expensive automobile in the world.
Peaking at cutting edge of automobile production, La Voiture Noire features a sleek, handcrafted carbon fiber body with a flaring full-width LED brake light strip with a strikingly illuminated "Bugatti" badge out its back. The hypercar also marginally deviates from the reminiscent of the smooth coupé contours and elongated bonnet of the original 1930 Atlantic while highlighted by a remarkable front fascia with tailored horseshoe grille, quad exhaust tips, and gleaming LED headlights that extend on top of the wheel arches.
The La Voiture Noire is built in a timeless color that demands attention and displays absolute class. But, don’t let its magnificent mesmerize you because it can speed up to 380 km per hour, reaching 60 km in 2.4 seconds with its innovative engine and transmission, making it one of Bugatti’s fastest cars.
Origin and Inspiration
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The masterpiece that is Bugatti La Voiutre Noire is a reminiscence and tribute to the fourth, all-black Type 57 SC Atlantic that’s missing since the Second World War. Ettore Bugatti’s eldest son Jean designed four Type 57 SC Atlantic coupes in the 1930s with the vision of creating standout masterpieces manifesting the company’s desire to continually redefine its limits and pioneering stand for pure elegance and sophistication.
Truly iconic, the most famous creation in Jean’s classic visionary projects is the original "La Voiture Noire", which translates to “The Black Car” from French. Now, this modern modification of La Voiture Noire is not just a modern interpretation of the ghost of the gran turismo into a new era, but also an aesthetic innovation of automotive haute couture.
Similar to the specifications and sketch of the original Atlantic, particular details such as the six tailpipes, and the dorsal seam running up along the bonnet, between the windows, and over the roof of the body were incorporated to the new hyper-car. However, the smooth contours and elongated bonnet of the coupé were not retained but still integrated to the exterior features of the vehicle. It is indeed a rich heritage and empowering legacy inspired from the stylistic ideas and designs for bodies, engines and chassis of Jean Bugatti.
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Engine: 8L Quad Turbo-charged W16 [cylinder]
Transmission: 7-Speed Dual-Clutch
Horsepower: 1,500 hp
Torque: 1180 lb-ft
0-60 [time] mph: Under 3 Seconds
Top Speed: 261 mph
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8.0L Quad Turbo-charged W16. This is the general description of the engine that powers the new La Voiture Noire.
This sleek coupe carries a bespoke exhaust set-up comprised with six separate pipes running away from the car's 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-foot of torque that propels it from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.5 seconds, giving it a top speed of 261 mph for more touring refinement. The 16-cylinder internal combustion engine was likewise resurrected by Bugatti, with the quad-turbo engine arranged in "W" pattern similar to the specs of Bugatti’s Chiron, Chiron Sport, and Divo. More cylinders mean more power.
The use of sequential turbochargers improved the engine as it keeps two smaller turbines spinning and ready to make boost. La Voiture Noire is ultimately ready even for the Gran Turismo.
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Bugatti La Voiture Noire’s 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox transmission was expertly engineered in order to accomplish its power-holding capabilities. Its dry-sump system was created with multiple cooling circuits that send power to a multi-plate rear differential with the front end controlled by a Haldex unit. Components that were used are all rigorously tested against destruction to ensure years of worry-free shifting. Everything is specialized for absolute strength, potency, and power that is seamless and functions without any hitch. More importantly, it is 100% born within Bugatti.
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Despite the lavish exterior and intense capabilities of its engine and transmission, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire’s interior is just as specialized. It is acclaimed as one of the most comfortable cars ever produced with symmetrical layout and ergonomic controls will let you cruise without any apprehension, even at its top speed.
Bugatti invested time to collect ideas and ensure La Voiture Noire’s safety and latest connectivity. Even the seats, pedals, and controls, that are made of leather and smoothly machined metals, are customized according to the buyer or the owner’s conditions.
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Just as the need for speed is guaranteed, so is the decrease in its acceleration in the shortest amount of time possible. La Voiture Noire specs is intricately contrived for braking capabilities of 249-0 mph in only 10 seconds. The coupe’s brakes are 8-piston front and 6 piston rear to maximize the swept area. Its rotors measure 16.5” front and 15.7” out back, with front rotor heat shields that aerodynamically create a turbine effect to increasing downforce at cruising speeds.
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From the growl of the exceptional engine up to the first acceleration and the drifting at such thrilling speed in a metal contraption that fills and sparks the adrenaline within the first second, having a luxury car and actually driving a Bugatti will definitely be an unparalleled event that you’ll always remember.
With these standout features of the Bugatti La Voiture Noire, you’ll swoon over what comes with this exquisite innovation and what is it made of that makes it so special. As it is creatively and uniquely designed to impress, everything about this black car will surely stand out, from interior to exterior features.
The La Voiture Noire is a treasurable heritage that’s enriched with its history and origin that speaks a bold statement to the world, embellishing itself as a true auto art.
- The deep-black gloss finish of La Voiture Noire is intended for a single piece body that eliminates any appearance of seams.
- Its sleek, lustrous body that was meant to look like a solid sculpture that can hold more lateral G force than any other Bugatti while being extremely light because it is composed of carbon fiber in entirety.
- The bumpers integrated into the body of La Voiture Noire are made of carbon fiber and the wheels and tires are specially made and adorned with silver spoke shafts that are made and appeared longer with the sidewall painting.
- The powerful engine is covered in perforated art-deco inspired lid that strikes attention and style upon sight.
- It features the exposed backbone central spine that is a signature in any iconic Bugatti.
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The La Voiture Noire is indeed a one-of-a-kind creation that required a lot of work, inspiration, and attention. It has superb features that can compel anyone, who is privileged to afford it, to make it theirs.
But, it definitely comes at a price of a whopping $19,000,000 (including tax). According to Bugatti, La Voiture Noire stands with a price tag of ˆ11 million, or $12,306,470 before taxes. Its price tag makes it the most expensive [new] car in the world.
Although its price may seem too much, it is within reason because the cars that inspired it alone, the four Type 57 SC Atlantic coupes, are worth ten times that amount. The materials that comprise it are also specially made, which also comes at such prices.
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La Voiture Noire is an utmost luxe on wheels that drives pure automotive fascination with unadulterated originality and dynamics. It definitely is remarkable.
Considering the price of the luxury supercar in itself, the La Voiture Noire and the market it belongs, is not attainable to a normal consumer. It is only for exclusive elite who have the means to afford it. But, Bugatti has always been known for releasing automobiles that are more than just standard vehicles. They are acclaimed to reflect the sophistication, unprecedented elegance, and technical innovation that characterize the Bugatti brand.
One of the most fortunate elite that had the wealth to buy it and can drive this car by 2021, after being built for 2 and 1/2 years, is the famed football player Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bugatti and its company had always produced impressive cars that leap higher than the standards with its exquisite technical abilities and attention to detail, paving its own ways in the world of automotive haute couture. Likewise, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire is indeed a record-breaking hypercar that defies engineering boundaries and only stops at the limits imposed by the laws of physics.
Getting to drive a Bugatti, or any luxury car accessible, is an extravagance that not everyone can achieve. But, to the fortunate ones who are privileged enough to drive these beasts on a regular basis, these luxury cars are just magnificent toys that come with million-dollar price tags and are very fast – fast but won’t make people furious.
Well, how could you not spend a fortune to get what other people don’t? Having the ability and access to necessary means to get what you want, more importantly on remarkable and innovative masterpieces of automotive art, is a gratifying satisfaction that will be of tremendous value to you and will give you an experience of a lifetime no matter how people interpret its value.
Nevertheless, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire is a work of art that reflects generations of inspired heritage, engineered advancement, and iconic legacy. Not only will it be a wonder to behold on the streets, but also a magnum opus of very expensive luxury that will electrify your seats.