Bugatti La Voiture Noire revealed as most expensive new vehicle ever

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The French maker revealed its one-off hyper-expensive La Voiture Noire supercar at the Geneva motor show today with both stunning design cues inspired from the 1936 Type 57 SC Atlantic and a stunning price. "This is a material that has been handled perfectly", says Bugatti designer Etienne Salomé. When Germans seized a Bugatti factory in 1940 during World War II, the auto was shipped by train to Bordeaux, but when the train arrived, La Voiture Noire was gone, and it hasn't been seen since.

Bugatti's La Voiture Noire cost €16.7 million, or nearly $19 million, including taxes.

Based on the Chiron, the "Voiture Noire" also employs some Divo elements but has a snarling presence all its own. The luxury brand said that the jet black sports auto with a 16-cylinder engine, 1,500 horsepower and six exhaust pipes was handcrafted for a vehicle collector who probably identifies with the motto of company founder, Ettore Bugatti: "If it is comparable, it is no longer Bugatti".

Yep that's six exhaust pipes across the back there
SuppliedYep that's six exhaust pipes across the back there

If you're hiding one of their machines in your garage, you've dropped enough on it to feed a small village. The La Voiture Noire pays homage to the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, which was designed by Jean Bugatti, eldest son of founder Ettore. The amount spent by an unknown German on the new most-expensive auto ever built could buy over 500 Tesla Model 3s.

Bugatti brought the big guns to the Geneva Motor Show this time.

Unfortunately, if you have 12 million bucks, you're still out of luck. Only four were ever made and three still exist, one of which is the centrepiece of Ralph Lauren's celebrated collection. For us, the coupe represents the ideal form with a flawless finish.'It's certainly dramatic. All this sits above a bespoke exhaust set-up comprising six separate pipes running away from the car's 1500hp, 8.0-litre 16-cylinder engine.

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