It’s common that the successful continuation of their heritage poses a challenge for traditional companies. But that’s not the case for this luxury French Brand. Bugatti has once again proven that it can transform its challenges into unique models. Its newest launch, a one-off car Bugatti has yet again proven that it makes the world’s most powerful, most luxurious, and most exclusive hyper sports cars. Bugatti’s President – Stephan Winkelmann said – “The true form of luxury is individuality. ‘LA VOITURE NOIRE’ is now at the cutting edge of automobile production. It is a sculptural beauty with unique technology, the ideal grand tourisme.” This car is a coupé with the comfort of a luxurious limousine and has the power of a hyper sports car.
A pioneering spirit, a passion for perfection, and the ultimate desire to continually redefine its limits have been the key characteristics of Bugatti ever since its establishment, 110 years ago. Stephan Winkelmann further added – “Our history is both a privilege and a responsibility – the responsibility for continuing the Bugatti heritage into the future. With ‘La Voiture Noire’, we are paying homage to our heritage and bringing speed, technology, luxury and aesthetics forward to a new era.” The new hyper sports car reflects Bugatti’s rich French heritage and its French identity – elegance through minimalism and refinement through intensification. It is a tailor-made creation only comparable with the haute couture of exclusive Paris fashion designers.
‘La Voiture Noire’ – more than just a reinterpretation
Stephan Winkelmann said – “‘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.” With its extended front end and the distinctive Bugatti C-line, the ‘La Voiture Noire’ creates an elongated impression with the elegant waistline defining the contours of the coupé. The surfaces and clear lines reflect purism and elegance. The hyper sports car has changed its attitude and become a grand tourisme. It is ideal for comfortable travel on long trips.
Etienne Salomé – Bugatti’s designer said – “Every single component has been handcrafted and the carbon fibre body has a deep black gloss only interrupted by the ultrafine fibre structure. This is a material that has been handled perfectly. We worked long and hard on this design until was nothing that we could improve. For us, the coupé represents the perfect form with a perfect finish.”
The heart of Bugatti’s latest creation is the iconic 16-cylinder engine. It is unique in the automotive world and the peak of the engineer’s art. Stephan Winkelmann said – “This is not only an engine but the heart of the vehicle and a technical masterpiece. There is no other car in the world with such an engine. It is not only extremely powerful but also beautiful to look at.” This 16-cylinder engine with a displacement of 8 litres develops 1,103 kW/1,500 PS and 1,600 Newton-metres of torque. The six tailpipes at the rear bear are a witness to its incredible power and are also a tribute to the 16 cylinders.For a massive €11 million, this unique car has already been sold to a major Bugatti enthusiast. It is the most expensive new car at present. In all its exclusiveness, style, amazing quality, and breathtaking performance, ‘Voiture Noire’ is an unprecedented and unique car.
The long tradition of coach building
Bugatti has yet again shown that it has a perfect command of handcrafted coach building. It has reached another pinnacle in the history of automobiles. In the first few decades of its existence, the French luxury brand had considerable success – not only with the design of engines and chassis, but also with its own bodies installed on the existing chassis. The most famous example is the Type 57 and the Atlantic GT model. Bugatti designed the Type 57 for various bodies and engine configurations, including the Galibier (four-door saloon), Stelvio (convertible), Ventoux (two-door saloon), and Atalante (coupé) as well as the Atlantic. Jean Bugatti – Ettore’s son was a visionary, who was way ahead of his time. He was the eldest son of the company’s founder – Ettore Bugatti, who was a gifted automobile designer. From the late 1920s, he influenced the development of the company with his own ideas and designs. With his pioneering designs for bodies, engines, and chassis, he created some extraordinary vehicles until his tragic death in an accident in the year 1939. His most famous design is the Atlantic.
The exclusive new ‘Voiture Noire’is a reminiscence of ‘La Voiture Noire’ – a type 57 SC Atlantic, which was Jean Bugatti’s most famous creation. Only four Atlantics were made between 1936 and 1938, and each of them with detailed differences was created individually for each customer. Three of these coupés are still in existence. The new ‘Voiture Noire’is the perfect grand tourisme. It is exclusive, powerful, and luxurious – just like Jean Bugatti’s car.
Signing off, Stephan Winkelmann said – “Bugatti arouses passion and emotions throughout the world. Customers expect us to continually surprise them and to raise the goalposts beyond the limits of their imagination. We have just succeeded in doing so with ‘La Voiture Noire’. With our automotive haute couture, we have shown what Bugatti is capable of.”
– Source: Press Release