​Bugatti Creates One-Off Hypercar Worth £12m

Bugatti supercars aren't exactly known for being cheap, but now the motor behemoth has outdone itself by creating its most expensive car yet: La Voiture Noire.

Translating as 'The Black Car' (I know, not particularly inventive - but then everything sounds better in French, right?), the hypercar has been designed as a modern take on the classic Bugatti, based on the Type 57 SC Atlantic that was doing the rounds in the 1930s.

The car is being valued at a whopping £12 million ($15.8 million), which is obviously a lot of money considering the cheaper Bugattis cost around £1.7m.

Why's it so damn pricey, you ask? Well, it's because it's the 'highest level of automotive haute couture one can reach', according to Bugatti - and has 16 cylinders, four turbochargers, 1,500 horsepower and 1,180lb-ft of torque.

La Voiture Noire translates as 'The Black Car'. Credit: Bugatti
La Voiture Noire translates as 'The Black Car'. Credit: Bugatti

Even if you know nothing about cars, it sounds pretty impressive. Bet that engine makes a good noise, too.

Bugatti CEO Stephen Winkelmann told Top Gear: "Customers expect us to continually surprise them and to move the goalposts beyond the limits of their imagination. We have just succeeded in doing so with La Voiture Noire."

Designer Etienne Salomé also explained the team had tried to pay homage to Bugatti founder Ettore and his son Jean.

He said: "When the team and myself started to design this car, we really wondered, 'What if Jean would still be there, how would he translate the timeless elegance of his own private Atlantic onto a modern-day Bugatti?'"

The impressive car was first showcased to the world at the Geneva motor show, and was built to celebrate Bugatti's 110-year anniversary.

Commenting on Bugatti's Instagram post, car lovers seemed pretty keen, with one writing: "Now this is the real Bugatti!!!"

A second commented: "It's so crazy cool!!!"

Another added: "What a beautiful piece."

The car pays homage to the Type 57 SC Atlantic that was doing the rounds in the 1930s. Credit: Bugatti
The car pays homage to the Type 57 SC Atlantic that was doing the rounds in the 1930s. Credit: Bugatti

Someone else pondered: "Don't know, taking the kids to school in this car could be a challenge... but you'd look good."

While another person joked: "Do you accept Monopoly money?"

Sadly for you, though, it's reportedly already found a buyer who's willing to fork out £12m, so you won't be able to land the one-off hypercar yourself.

I know, it's a shame isn't it? Guess we'll just have to settle for a Bugatti Veyron for a cool £1.7m, instead...

Featured Image Credit: Bugatti

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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