• The Bugatti La Voiture Noire Is Real, And It’s Been Spotted On the Road

Hey, Bugatti, we’re still waiting for those interior shots

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2019 was the year when Bugatti unveiled the La Voiture Noir (The Black Car) in Geneva. The La Voiture Noire is a one-off model built to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, it was sold before the public got a chance to see it, and pays respects to Ettore Bugatti’s stunning Type 57SC Atlantic, a car that disappeared from the carmaker’s workshops during the Second World War and was never found to this day.

Since the launch in Geneva, there’s been no word of theLa Voiture Noir. In all fairness, with just one example ever built, sightings are expected to be rare. But a lucky Instagrammer caught what looks like a La Voiture Noir test mule strolling around the Bugatti facilities in Molsheim, France.

Those who remember the La Voiture Noir launch know that Bugatti never showed the hypercar’s interior. The prototype we’re talking about looks like a production-ready version of the car, although the wheels look a bit out of proportion compared to the general design – plus, they’re not as fancier as the wheels we saw on the Geneva show car.

Unique Bugatti La Voiture Noire Pays Tribute to the iconic Atlantic in Geneva
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In any case, this sighting shows that Bugatti is indeed working on the car which should reach its customer this year. We guess Bugatti designer Etienne Salome wasn’t kidding when he said that “we worked long and hard on this design until was nothing that we could improve.”

The body of the La Voiture Noire is entirely made of carbon fiber and it hides presumably a luxurious interior – we’re yet to see it – as well as Bugatti’s 16-cylinder, 8.0-liter monster of an engine good for 1,500 PS (1,479 horsepower) and 1,600 Newton-meters (1,180 pound-feet) of torque.

The Bugatti La Voiture Noire Is Real, And It's Been Spotted On the Road
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Bugatti La Voiture Noir 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.)

The one-off hypercar is also priced in harmony to its status. Bugatti asked over $13 million for the La Voiture Noir (that’s before tax, by the way) and someone dully paid.

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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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