By Sky News and Top Gear
Bugatti La Voiture Noire bought for nearly £14.4m – most expensive new car ever sold. That’s the news for all our motoring enthusiasts.
The car’s unique feature is its 1,500 horse power 16-cylinder engine which has never been fitted to a car before. A black Bugatti with a 16-cylinder engine has been bought for nearly £14.4m – making it the most expensive new car ever sold.
La Voiture Noire – French for “The Black Car” – is a low-slung sports car with Bugatti’s trademark front grille. Bugatti unveiled the car at the Geneva car show this week, and organisers and industry experts said it had gone for a record price.
The buyer, whose identity has not been revealed, paid 16.7 million euro (£14.36m). Stephan Winkelmann, president of Volkswagen-owned Bugatti, said: “The true form of luxury is individuality.”
The car’s main feature is its unique 1,500 horse power 16-cylinder engine which has never been fitted to a car before. The car was snapped up as soon as it was launched
Bugatti described the model as a homage to the Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic – only four were made between 1936 and 1938.
Bugatti designer Etienne Salome said all the components of the car have been handcrafted.
He said: “This is a material that has been handled perfectly. We worked long and hard on this design until there was nothing we could improve.
“For us, it represents the perfect form with a perfect finish.” “When the team and myself started to design this car,” says Bugatti designer Etienne Salomé, “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?’”
‘La Voiture Noire’ is the result, an extraordinary looking machine that uses the Chiron as its basis, with the familiar – if that’s the word – near-1500bhp, 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged, 16-cylinder underneath that majestically reworked rear end.
There’s one other thing: although the exact figure hasn’t been confirmed, this one-off has apparently set its new owner back £12m, making it the most expensive new car ever. Sheesh.
A bit of history and context is needed if we’re to make sense of this.
Ettore Bugatti was the son of a celebrated art nouveau furniture maker, and his brother Rembrandt was an animal-loving sculptor whose works are now worth millions (the epic late Twenties Bugatti Royale had a rearing elephant on top of its radiator cap as a homage to his most famous work).
Although the Bugatti legend is predicated on fabulous success in the early days of Grand Prix racing, the company also created unbelievably glamorous cars for the world’s wealthiest people.
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