The Voiture Noire celebrates the 110th anniversary of the Bugatti brand and pays homage to the classic Type 57 Atlantic, four of which were made between 1936 and 1938. Those aesthetics won't be to all tastes, of course, but from where we're sitting, it's hard to disagree with Mr Winkelmann. This 8.0 liter quad turbocharged W16 engine offers 1,500 PS power and 1,600 Nm torque.
Though La Voiture Noire's design is heavily inspired by the lost Bugatti which is the namesake of this new one-off, Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann says the auto also takes into account Bugatti as a modern brand.
The original design was much imitated, by Delage and others, and it's echoed in the new vehicle, especially in the ready-to-pounce stance and the highly distinctive (though somewhat muted compared to the original) dorsal fin that flows longitudinally along the body (and even visually across the windshield, giving a classic split-window effect).
SuppliedYep that's six exhaust pipes across the back there
The original "La Voiture Noire" is shrouded in mystery and lore.
The 16-cylinder engine has six tailpipes and La Voiture Noire's extravagant specs highlight the balancing act parent company Volkswagen is pulling off across its 12-brand empire. I believe that if you or I, some Poors, gazed inside La Voiture Noire our bodies would turn into jewel-encrusted statues with our mortal souls trapped inside, forever. The Geneva auto show is dominated by new electric supercars, but the Bugatti's six exhaust pipes speak to a very different market for power and noise.
This edition, limited to 20 units and with a net price of €3-million, has already sold out ahead of Geneva Motorshow. As seen from the images, one can see the characteristic C-line that flows around the window on the side panel as first seen on the Veyron. Bugatti is not reviving the Atlantic, but it did lean on that design to create a wild one-off.More news: 'There are more questions still to answer,' Trudeau says as Philpott quits
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