One-of-a-kind Bugatti La Voiture Noire becomes most expensive new car EVER after being sold for £15.5MILLION

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BUGATTI’S La Voiture Noire has become the most expensive new car EVER after being sold for £15.5million.

The Batmobile-esque supercar was sold to an anonymous owner in June and will now be paraded before motor enthusiasts in the US this week.

The Bugatti La Voiture Noire was enjoyed by car fans at Chantilly Arts and Elegance Richard Mille in Chantilly, France, in June
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The turbocharged wonder has had motor fans drooling
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The identity of the buyer remains a mystery
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Named after the French for “black car”, the 8.0-litre turbocharged W16 engine beauty was made to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary.

The sleek machine is inspired by Type 57 SC Atlantic coupes developed in the 1930s by founder Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean.

It’s been interpreted and modernised into the 21st century for the mystery buyer – who won’t actually get to drive it for another two years.

Bugatti only began building the car in 2018 after it was bought off just a sketch – and it still needs an interior and engine.

In the meantime, the buyer can dream about the car’s speed – it can hit 60mph in 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 261mph.

The all-carbon fibre body also makes the car incredibly light, despite its 1,500 horsepower.

Car fans will have the chance to drool over the masterpiece next week at  Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in Monterey, California – for tickets starting at £370 ($450).

Batmobile stats

  • La Voiture Noire was bought off a sketch and sold for $18.7million (£15.5m)
  • Only one example of the car will ever be made and sold.
  • It was made to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary and is inspired by founder Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean’s Type 57 SC Atlantic Coupes of the 1930s.
  • The all-carbon-fibre body makes it incredibly light.
  • It can reach speeds of 261mph, and hit 60mph in 2.5 seconds.
  • The 16-cylinder, 8-liter, quad-turbo engine is arranged in a ‘W’ pattern.
  • It will take until 2021 until the car is completed.
  • It’s the most expensive new car ever sold – but vintage cars can sell for even more.
  • A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold at last year’s Pebble Beach car week for a record $48.4million (£37.5million).


Speculation is raging over the identity of the buyer, about whom nothing is known except that he’s a married man.

Ronaldo has already been forced to deny his ownership, while other reports suggest that the supercar is actually headed to Ferdinand Piech, the former chairman of the Volkswagen Group, which owns Bugatti.

Though the priciest new car ever sold, there could be even MORE expensive cars at Pebble Beach – with a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO selling last year for a record £37.5million.

Hot stuff! The car is the most expensive ever made and bought
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The car wont be fully ready for another two years
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