Bugatti unveiled a one-off hypercar at Geneva Motor Show this week. The model is a homage to the Type 57SC Atlantic, which celebrates its 80th birthday this year. Bugatti only built four of these coupes between 1936 and 1938 and they remain the crown jewels of Bugatti production cars.
The La Voiture Noire, French for “The Black Car,” the one-off creation is based on the Bugatti Chiron platform and honours one specific Type 57SC Atlantic; the one that Jean Bugatti drove and that went missing around the onset of Would War II.
The magnificent La Voiture Noire hypercar model has already been sold for $12.4 million, making it one of the most expensive luxury cars in the history of car making. It seems like a lot of money, but if a classic car collector wanted to buy a Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic at today’s prices, it would be valued at around $100 million.
The Bugatti hypercar share a number of detailas with the Atlantic. Both cars feature a dorsal line, and both cars also feature a row of six exhaust tips. Also, the taillight strip on the La Voiture Noire imitates the character line that joins the rear fenders of the Type 57SC Atlantic.
According to Bugatti, the elegance of the design was achieved through minimalism and refinement, which is in keeping with Bugatti’s French heritage and its French identity. Bugatti CEO, Stephan Winkelmann said in Geneva, “La Voiture Noire is a far more than a modern interpretation of Jean Bugatti’s Type 57 SC Atlantic; it is a feast of aesthetics.”
And, according to the motoring press who attended the unveiling at Geneva International Motor Show 2019, Bugatti hasn’t released any performance figures. However, as we know the Voiture Noire features the Chiron’s 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W-q6 engine that is capable of delivering 1,480 horsepower, it follows that this is a truly powerful motor.
Bugatti has also announced that it is returning to coach-built cars. This is the practice of installing bespoke bodies on top of an existing chassis. The Bugatti Divo, which like the Voiture Noire is also based on the Chiron, is an example of the manufacturer’s strategy and we look forward to seeing what they produce next.
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