It's been over two years since the concept debuted in Geneva.
Remember the Bugatti La Voiture Noire? Built to celebrate Bugatti's 110th anniversary it's been over two years since Bugatti presented the one-off hypercar at Geneva. Based on the Chiron, the La Voiture Noire (also known as "The Black Car) is a modern interpretation of the iconic Type 57 SC Atlantic.
However, Bugatti hasn't built the production car yet: the car that debuted in Geneva was a design concept and not a working prototype. Effectively, it was a pretty shell with no engine or interior. At the time, Bugatti told us it needed 18-24 more months of development. Two years later, it looks like the production Bugatti La Voiture Noire is nearly ready for its debut.
On Instagram, Bugatti has been sharing teaser photos of the La Voiture Noire parked next to French landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe with the message: "Past? Future? It does not matter what year this is anymore. When you want to find something so badly, it's always Day 1 of the chase. See you on May 31st, 2021."
Nothing has been confirmed, but this suggests the Bugatti La Voiture Noire will debut at the end of this month in its final production glory.
Since it's based on the Chiron, the production La Voiture Noire will be powered by an 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder quad-turbo engine producing 1,479 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. Visually, the La Voiture Noire features a bespoke carbon fiber body with design cues inspired by the Type 57 SC Atlantic.
Valued at a staggering $18 million, it's also the most expensive new car ever made. We still don't know who owns it, however. Initially, reports claimed the one-off hypercar was bought by former VW Group chairman Ferdinand Piech. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was also rumored to be the mystery buyer, but his spokesperson has since denied these claims.