Bugatti unveils world’s most expensive new auto, sold for $18.9 million

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Its carbon fiber body was created to evoke the styling, as best it's modern shape can, of the legendary Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic.

The most expensive vehicle ever made has been sold.

Bugatti says this Atlantic homage pays tribute to the company's 110th anniversary; and, curiously, refers to it not as a hyper sports auto like it does the Chiron, but as a grand tourer meant for covering great distances.

Bugatti says the new "Voiture Noire" is a "reminiscence" of "la Voiture Noire" a Type 57 SC Atlantic that was Bugatti's most famous creation with its distinctive design feature of a dorsal seam running from the hinge in the split bonnet through to the rear end.

Yep that's six exhaust pipes across the back there
SuppliedYep that's six exhaust pipes across the back there

Designed by Jean Bugatti, the eldest son of founder Ettore, the 57 Atlantic had an iconic all-black variant, which went missing during the Second World War, and that's what today's La Voiture Noire commemorates, Bugatti design director Achim Anscheidt toldThe Verge.

The result is assuredly a heart-stopping design effort that looks like a cross between a 22nd-century Batmobile and the original classis it's meant to commemorate. Those aesthetics won't be to all tastes, of course, but from where we're sitting, it's hard to disagree with Mr Winkelmann.

"Our history is both a privilege and a responsibility - the responsibility for continuing the Bugatti heritage into the future", says Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann. It is not yet known what the top speed is for the auto, but its design is based on the Bugatti Chiron supercar, which has a top speed of 261 miles-per-hour. For us, the coupe represents the flawless form with a ideal finish.'It's certainly dramatic. The headlights are placed further back above the wheel arches too, although the engine remains in the rear. I believe that if you or I, some Poors, gazed inside La Voiture Noire our bodies would turn into jewel-encrusted statues with our mortal souls trapped inside, forever.

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