• Did Cristiano Ronaldo Just Buy the Bugatti La Voiture Noire?

We wouldn’t expect anything less from one of the greatest footballers of all time

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As it turns out, former Volkswagen Group chairman Ferdinand Piech may not be the owner of the Bugatti La Voiture Noire after all. Rumors have instead been flying around that the new owner of the world’s most expensive production car is none other than Cristiano Ronaldo. Bugatti has yet to confirm the purchase of the $18 million hypercar, but the French automaker did say that it had already found a buyer for the masterpiece Bugatti. The company has so far refused to reveal the deep-pocketed individual, but Spanish publication Marca is reporting that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and one of the greatest football players of all time made the historical purchase, adding what could be the crown jewel to his already impressive garage of high-end exotics.

Who Bought the 2019 Bugatti La Voiture Noire?

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Well, this is some kind of news, isn’t it? Raise your hand if you saw this one coming. No one? You’re not alone. Like most of you, I was under the impression that the outrageously demented one-off Bugatti La Voiture Noire was commissioned by none other than Ferdinand Piech, the former chairman of the Volkswagen Group. It seemed like the kind of flex move you’d expect from a man who once oversaw everything that the VW Group and all the automakers underneath it, including Bugatti.

But now, the rumor going around is that Piech is not the owner of the La Voiture Noire.

Bugatti seems to have confirmed that when it announced that it had found an owner for the car, implying that when the one-off exotic made its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, it was still up for grabs.

In hindsight, we should have noticed the hints of its availability, including Bugatti mentioning how much it actually costs: $18 million. If Piech already owned the car by the time it made its debut in Geneva, Bugatti probably wouldn’t have mentioned its price tag to keep a sense of mystery around it. But it did, and we probably should’ve noticed why it was mentioned instead of lamenting our misfortunes that we don’t have $18 million to buy it.

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The mention of Cristiano Ronaldo as the possible buyer is a new wrinkle, though one that shouldn’t come as a surprise, too. First of all, Ronaldo can spend $18 million on a car.

The man earned more than $100 million in 2018 alone, according to Forbes Magazine. An $18-million hypercar is a drop in a bucket for him, especially when you factor in his lifetime endorsement deal with Nike that’s reportedly worth north of $1 billion. This isn’t some random celebrity or Middle Eastern royal who’s buying the La Voiture Noire. This is Cristiano Ronaldo. The one-off hypercar was built for people like him.

Take into consideration, too, Ronaldo’s seeming obsession in buying some of the most expensive cars in the world.

He’s right up there with Floyd Mayweather Jr. as having one of the sickest car collections in the word. Among the many exotics in his garage, Ronaldo owns a fleet of luxury cars which reportedly include a Mercedes C Class Sport Coupe, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Ujn Ferrari 599 GTO, a Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, an Aston Martin DB9, a McLaren 12C, and a Bentley Continental GTC Speed. He also owns a handful of one-offs, including the Ferrari F12 Tour De France. And as far as Bugattis are concerned, Ronaldo bought a Bugatti Veyron three years ago following Portugal’s stunning victory in Euro 2016. A year after that, Bugatti asked Ronaldo to test drive the then-brand-new Chiron and see what he thought of it. Ronaldo took up Bugatti’s offer and proceeded to drive home in the car! Baller moves from real-life ballers!

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So, is it at all surprising that the most expensive production car in the world is now rumored to be owned by the most famous professional athlete in the world? Not the least bit. In fact, it’s a match made in exotic supercar heaven. It’s not just about Ronaldo, too. It’s also about the La Voiture Noire, which actually hasn’t been built yet.

Yep, the model Bugatti unveiled in Geneva two months ago was a hastily built prototype that took all of 12 weeks to piece together.

The real La Voiture Noire isn’t arriving until 2021, in part because Bugatti still needs to make a few tweaks to its design and performance capabilities in order for the one-off to justify its billing.

2019 Bugatti La Voiture specifications

Engine W16 8.0 liters
Power 1,479 hp @ 6,700 rpm
Torque 1,180 lb-ft @ 2,000 - 6,000 rpm
0 to 60 mph 2.4 seconds
Top Speed 260 mph (est.)

Either way, expect nothing less than the spectacular from Bugatti. As it is, the La Voiture Noire is a tribute model that pays homage to the legendary and mythical Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic La Voiture Noire, a car that has since been lost to time. Among all of its inventive and revolutionary innovations, the La Voiture Noire is still an exotic at heart. It features am 8.0-liter W16 engine that produces 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. All that power translates to a 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of just 2.4 seconds and a top speed that’s pegged at 260 mph.

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If this rumor is true, Cristiano Ronaldo is now the proud owner of the world’s most expensive production car.

He won’t get his hands on it for another two years, but that shouldn’t be a problem for CR7. He has a lot of toys he can play around with for the time being as he waits for the crown jewel to arrive.

Further Reading

Did Cristiano Ronaldo Just Buy the Bugatti La Voiture Noire?
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Read our full review on the 2019 Bugatti La Voiture Noire.

Did Cristiano Ronaldo Just Buy the Bugatti La Voiture Noire? Exterior
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Unique Bugatti La Voiture Noire Pays Tribute to the iconic Atlantic in Geneva

2018 Bugatti Chiron High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.

The Buggati Chiron Sport Weighs Less, Gets Carbon Fiber Wipers and a New Exhaust Layout; Costs an Extra $1 Million Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron Sport.

2019 Bugatti Divo Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Bugatti Divo.

Source: Marca

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