Bugatti's one-off masterpiece took 65,000 hours to engineer.
It's been over two years since the one-off Bugatti La Voiture debuted at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Based on the Bugatti Chiron, the La Voiture was built to celebrate Bugatti's 110th anniversary and pay homage to the iconic Type 57 SC Atlantic. Valued at $18 million, the La Voiture gained publicity for being the most expensive new car ever produced.
At the time, the car shown at Geneva was merely a design concept with no engine or interior, but teaser images posted on Bugatti's social media suggest the final production car is nearly ready. Now, Bugatti has released new images giving us a first look at the La Voiture Noire in action on the track.
Although it's based on the Chiron, the La Voiture Noire looks unlike any other modern Bugatti, with unique headlights, a striking black carbon-fiber body, and an insane exhaust system with six tailpipes. It doesn't look like the design of the production version will change dramatically, and we're not complaining. The interior also hasn't been revealed yet, but we're expecting the cabin to have a bespoke design considering the car's extortionate price tag.
According to Bugatti, it took 65,000 hours to engineer the La Voiture Noire and create the "most unique piece of automotive haute couture ever created."
Ahead of its reveal, Bugatti has been extensively testing this "piece of automotive art" on the road and track ensuring it "will outlive centuries." Like the Chiron, the La Voiture Noire is powered by an 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder quad-turbo engine producing at least 1,479 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque.
A few weeks ago, Bugatti teased on social media that the production La Voiture Noire will debut on May 31, but this post has since been updated with a revised date of June 3. The identity of the buyer still hasn't been confirmed. There were rumors that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo bought the $18-million hypercar, but these claims have been denied. Another rumor claims that former VW Group chairman Ferdinand Piech is the mystery buyer. Hopefully we'll find out next month.