Bugatti had recently revealed their one-off exclusive car, the La Voiture Noire at the Geneva International Motor Show. The billionaire who purchased the car in the secret auction remained anonymous. But now there are rumours going around that the unknown billionaire who purchased this car is none other than the popular footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo. There are no confirmed reports yet, but believing this rumour is not difficult as CR7 is a wealthy billionaire and is already the owner of a Bugatti Chiron, which gets him direct invites to the private auctions organized by Bugatti.
Talking about the car, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire is the brand’s way of paying homage to the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, which was designed by Jean Bugatti, the eldest son of founder Ettore Bugatti. With a price tag of 12.5 million dollars (Rs 87 crores), the La Voiture Noire easily makes the Chiron look inexpensive. In fact, it costs about Rs 132 crore on-road (after taxes).
Visually speaking the Bugatti La Voiture Noire looks like a demon, much like a batmobile with a smooth design, and it’s equally fascinating to see the rear almost float over the exhaust pipes with those ultra-wide tail lights that extend from side-to-side. Each and every component of the La Voiture Noire has been handcrafted and the complete carbon fibre body has a deep gloss black finish.
Mechanically, the La Voiture Noire shares its performance components with the Chiron. It gets an 8-litre, 16-cylinder engine which develops around 1479 HP and 1600 Nm of peak torque. There are six exhaust pipes at the rear, which is a strong reference to the Atlantic’s five exhausts. Even at the expo, this naturally aspirated engine could attract more attention than the new electric powertrains displayed there.
If rumours are true, Ronaldo will be receiving this car after almost two and a half years, during which Bugatti will be working not only on building the car but also on making it road legal. The La Voiture Noire is nothing short of a piece of art. Even at an on-road price of 18 million dollars, this car will hardly dent the wallet of football superstar, CR7.