Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire may have been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, but the real thing won’t be done for another two years.
A few weeks ago, Bugatti revealed the most expensive new car ever made, the La Voiture Noire. Inspired by the Type 57 SC Atlantic, it was essentially a highly customized Chiron with a revised 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel-drive system that is more geared toward languid grand touring that extreme performance.
The Chiron normally sells for around $3 million, but the extensive modifications done to the body, chassis, and drivetrain meant that La Voiture Noire cost an astounding $12.5 million, going up to $19 million when you consider European luxury taxes.
Assembled journalists at Geneva were duly impressed at the unveiling, but something seemed a little odd. A video surfaced not too long after the auto show wrapped up showing La Voiture Noire silently driving away at very low speeds. Not a single tiny rumble from the car’s W16 engine could be heard, and for good reason: it didn’t have one.
Wondering what was up with that, Carscoops went to Bugatti and asked what was the deal. They were then told that what was displayed at Geneva was actually just a mockup and that the real car wouldn’t be done for another two years at least.
“It’s not the final car. We only started working on the project half a year ago, when the customer agreed to our project proposal, we started building it. The car will be delivered only in two to two and a half years”, said Tim Bravo, Bugatti’s Head of Communications. He later admitted that “the car in Geneva also didn’t have an interior design yet.”
So no interior and no 8.0-L quad-turbo W16 engine. Not exactly worth the $12.5 million price tag that Bugatti presented it with.
But never fear--a few Genevas from now, Bugatti will surely cart out the real thing and try to impress us all once again with their distinctive engine rumble. From 6 exhaust pipes, it will surely sound amazing once it’s actually done.