Bugatti has launched a limited ‘Noire’ edition of its Chiron hypercar, based on a long-lost 1930s motoring legend.
The Bugatti Chiron Noire is based on “La Voiture Noire”, the Black Car - a special Type 57 SC Atlantic model created by Jean Bugatti.
Only four Voiture Noire cars were built between 1936 and 1938 and all disappeared at the beginning of the Second World War.
If any were ever to be found, they could well become the most expensive and most valuable car in the world.
This year Bugatti decided to re-imagine the Black Car as a variant of its famous Chiron, a mid-engined two-seater hypercar descended from the Bugatti Veyron.
The original Chiron (pictured in blue) has held several records, including in 2017 the fastest 0-249mph time (41.96 seconds) and in 2019 the top speed record of 304.77mph, reportedly the first time a production car broke the 300mph barrier.
Two versions of the Bugatti Chiron Noire will be made; an Elegance version and a Sporting version, both distinguished by exposed carbon fibre bodywork.
Bugatti says the new coupe is the “ultimate Gran Tourismo for Bugatti enthusiasts”. It retails at around 3 million Euros or about £2.36 million. Only 20 models will be made.
Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann said: “The true form of luxury is individuality. 'La Voiture Noire' is the spearhead of automotive engineering – a sculptural beauty. A coupé with the comfort of a luxury limousine and the power of a hyper sports car.”
Amongst the distinguishing features of the Elegance version is a matt polished aluminium finish, compared to a matt finish on the Sporting variant.
The “Chiron Noire Élégance” has a grille of the famous Bugatti radiator featuring a fresh design, while the Bugatti “Macaron” emblem sits at the centre, made of solid silver and exclusively refined with black enamel.
Calipers finished in black are installed behind the new Caractère wheels. Other exterior accentuations such as the rear-view mirror and engine cover are finished in black carbon and polished aluminium. ]
The interior is also dominated by black. Inside the “Chiron Noire Élégance”, only the “Inner Signature Line” – the light bearer curved in the style of the outer C-line – is made of aluminium with a silk-matt finish.
In the “Chiron Noire Sportive”, exposed carbon fibre with a matt black finish defines the exterior shell.
The exterior trim elements, the C-shaped Bugatti signature line, the wheels, front spoiler and radiator grille are all matt black.
The four visible tailpipes of the titanium exhaust system are likewise finished in black, as are parts of the engine cover.
Both models feature the iconic 8.0-litre 16-cylinder Bugatti engine with 1,103 kW/1,500 hp and an incredible 1,600 Newton metres of torque.
Bugatti was a French manufacturer founded in 1909 by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti. The marque was revived by an Italian tycoon is the 1990s, and is now part of the Volkswagen Group.