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The Bugatti La Voiture Noire’s price is eye-watering

The sum makes the Chiron and the Divo look cheap

The new La Voiture Noire with the Type 57 SC Atlantic. PHOTO FROM BUGATTI

Bugattis are some of the world’s fastest cars. The technology that goes into these vehicles is so out of this world that even the 14-year-old Veyron still manages to boggle the minds of many. But these masterpieces of modern engineering are often snapped up by people who have more money than sense (Floyd Mayweather, for example), doomed to perform the pathetic task of lazily cruising down the streets of Hollywood at 50km/h.

So maybe Bugatti has had enough of its cars being used as mere chick magnets. And maybe upon the request of a very, very rich enthusiast, the company has created something that will make even the fattest of bank accounts cower in fear. Meet the La Voiture Noire, a one-off automobile put together to mark the brand’s 110th year.

Let’s hope the person who bought this won’t wreck it. PHOTOS FROM BUGATTI

The name may sound so elegant, but translated into English, it just means “the black car.” And that’s basically what it is. A jet-black paint job plus a curvaceous package of speed plus exclusivity equals a whole lot of dollar bills. But before we get to how much the La Voiture Noire (what a mouthful) costs, let’s first look at what makes it tick.

Good, gracious Lord. What an exquisite-looking car. PHOTOS FROM BUGATTI

Bugatti says the car is inspired by the prewar Type 57 SC Atlantic two-door coupe. The classic grand tourer’s streamlined design was unlike any other mainstream automobile at the time, and was a product of the firm’s expertise in streamlining. The Atlantic’s long, swooping lines are carried over to its modern-day descendant. The La Voiture Noire looks like a heavily reworked Chiron body with all of the latter’s creases and folds smoothed out. The wraparound windshield appears to pay homage to the French automaker’s short-lived foray into aviation with the Model 100P air racer. The absence of unsightly appendages from the exterior makes it “all of a piece,” referring to the very tight panel gaps between the handmade carbon-fiber panels.

Hopefully, reckless PUV drivers will take extra care when they see the luxurious French brand. PHOTOS FROM BUGATTI

Under the perforated hood is the familiar Volkswagen Group W16 heart. This mechanical tour de force unleashes all of 1,479hp and 1,600Nm, and releases exhaust through six elegantly machined tailpipes. This engine has proven itself time and time again, and will certainly be an aural treat at full gallop.

But hearing (or seeing) one will be very challenging. Only one La Voiture Noire has been built, and it already belongs to a very excited and loaded owner. So loaded, in fact, that the person happily paid Bugatti a whopping €11,000,000 (or P644 million) for the car, excluding taxes. That makes the ultra-rare hypercar the most expensive brand-new automobile ever.

Miggi Solidum

Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.