Bugatti, the French automotive brand now owned by German behemoth Volkswagen, has always been known to make expensive cars. While their historic models like the Type 57 SC Atlantic still count among the most expensive albeit elusive automobiles, the luxury sportscar marque’s current models are also known for their prohibitive price tags. But last week Bugatti outdid itself by announcing a one-off hypercar that costs almost $19 million, including taxes. Even without the taxes, it comes in at a cool $12.5 million, making it the most expensive new car ever. And if you were going to get the cheque book out, sorry, the car’s been sold already!

Dubbed La Voiture Noir, which translates to The Black Car, the super exclusive Bugatti is based on the Chiron, but takes cues from other models past and present including the limited-run Divo and the Atlantic. While the car’s overall design is arresting, the most striking part is the dramatic single lighting element that wraps around the rear. There are six tailpipes, but despite that, there seems to be no bump in power or performance as the La Voiture Noir gets an 8.0-litre 16-cylinder engine that’s good for about 1,500 horsepower, the same as the Chiron.

“Our history is both a privilege and a responsibility - the responsibility for continuing the Bugatti heritage into the future,” says Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti President. “With La Voiture Noire, we are paying homage to our heritage and bringing speed, technology, luxury and aesthetics forward to a new era,” he adds.

Meanwhile, designer Etienne Salomé said every single component of the car has been handcrafted and noted that the carbon fibre body has a deep black gloss only interrupted by the fibre structure. “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,” Salomé added.

La Voiture Noir was built to celebrate Bugatti’s 110-year anniversary, and is a homage to the historic black Type 57 SC, also called “La Voiture Noir,” and driven by Jean Bugatti himself.


You may also like: Six things we bet you didn’t know about the Bugatti Chiron