Bugatti’s finally delivered its US$13.4-million La Voiture Noire hypercar

La Voiture Noire, French for “the black car,” is a reinterpretation of one of the brand’s most mysterious vehicles, Jean Bugatti’s Type 57 SC Atlantic that shared the car’s name and went missing before the Second World War.

Bugatti spent around 65,000 engineering hours over two years to build up the Chiron it’s based on up to the appropriate level, leaving its 1,479-horsepower 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine under the hood.

The car was track-tested, doused with water to ensure a good seal, stretched for a nearly 10-inch-longer wheelbase, and fitted with carbon-fiber exterior panels and bespoke bodywork to complete the transformation.

It looks a fair bit like a Batmobile and is priced like something only a Bruce Wayne type could afford. At €11 million (US$13.4 million) before taxes, La Voiture Noire would’ve been the most expensive new car in the world if it weren’t for the recently released Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, a Mediterranean luxury picnic machine allegedly purchased by Jay-Z and Beyonce.

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