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The Bugatti La Voiture Noire, the World’s Most Expensive Car, Scheduled for U.S. Debut at Concours d’Elegance
Who bought the $18.7 million hypercar?
Prestegious car collectors know that Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is where you go to see the world’s rarest automobiles. The most expensive new car of all time, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire, to make its U.S. debut at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Having been shown at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy in May, the one-of-kind hypercar will be on display in America for the very first time this week. At the time of its debut, the French automaker revealed that the sleek GT had already been purchased for $12.5 million, bringing its total to by an anonymous buyer.
The one-off La Voiture Noire, which translates to The Black Car, was designed as a tribute to the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic from the 1930s, the Batmobile-like hypercar packs a mighty punch courtesy of 8-liter, quad-turbo W-16 engine capable of producing 1,500 hp and 1,180 lb-foot of torque. That means the La Voiture Norie can go 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 261 mph. Bugatti reportedly limited the car’s speed to give it more touring refinement.
“We produced a true one-off, a single unit car that we call automotive haute couture,” Bugatti design director Achim Anscheidt told CNBC. “It’s not just a car anymore, it’s really more like a piece of art in line with the highly exclusive fashion and luxury brands in France.”
The La Voiture Noire represents a step in the company’s return to its ultra-exclusive heritage. Though Bugatti has always produced countless vehicles, This seems to be the optimum for limited-edition models.
Bugatti’s presence at Monterey Car Week was not limited to La Voiture Noire’s U.S. debut. While the company still remains mum as to the identity of the hypercar’s owner, the marque is also expected to announce a vehicle this month.