Bugatti La Voiture Noire Is the French Dark Knight You Didn’t Know You Needed


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French for “The Black Car”

The aptly named Bugatti La Voiture Noire is a one-off project based on the Chiron but customized extensively. It features hand-crafted custom carbon fiber bodywork. Bugatti calls it the ultimate GT car, and we can see why. It’s a sleek black shadow of a thing that pulls its inspiration from the Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic.

The powerplant isn’t the big surprise here. The La Voiture Noire gets the familiar 8.0-liter W16 that makes 1,479 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. That engine is far from ordinary, though, so it’s plenty special enough for the ultra-unique vehicle. There are six exhaust pipes peeking out the rear of the car.

While the engine may not be a huge surprise, the overall aesthetic of the car certainly is. It’s sleek and dangerous looking, like a much more attractive Darth Vader helmet. The window design even quite looks like the visor of a helmet. The unique bodywork lets your eye flow right over the entirety of the car. Nothing really disturbs the flow, which is quite impressive.

Even more surprising than the exterior of the car is its price tag. The one-off vehicle sold for $18.9 million with taxes included. We recently reported that the car would cost about this much. If the rumors are true, former VW chairman Ferdinand Piech was the man who paid for the car. All we know is that this is one gorgeous land rocket from Bugatti, and we wish it wasn’t just a one-off.