Bugatti has designed a one-off, blacked-out car made simultaneous the Chiron drivetrain, and made out of carbon fibre and all the most expensive elements humanity has created but it costs a whopping $18.9 million and you can’t have it for another 2.5 years, because Bugatti has to figure out how to engineer and homologate the preposterous thing.
Do you take up that offer Any car fanatic would calculate how many Ferraris, McLarens, and Lambos could be had for such a princely sum, and how much driving can be done in 30 months, and decline as quickly and politely as possible?
But if you’re a person more concerned with signalling their status or preserving their wealth, this $19 million Bugatti proposal is a no-brainer.
I talked to Bugatti style director Achim Anscheidt these days whereas loving a style model of his company’s freshly proclaimed “La Voiture Noire.” This vehicle will be a one-off there’ll only ever be one created honour to the Bugatti sort 57SC Atlantic.
Created by Jean Bugatti, most beloved son of originator Ettore, the 57 Atlantic had an iconic all-black modification, which went disappeared through the Second World War, and that’s something today’s La Voiture Noire memorialises.
Anscheidt tells Maine that when his style team finished with their work, the extremely limited-edition new car was bought by the first person it was offered to.
If you believe there’ll be more egregiously wealthy people on the planet whether in number or in the amplitude of wealth then it only makes sense to own extraordinarily exclusive items like this all-black Bugatti.
“If you compare it to the art market, it’s not so outrageous.” Anscheidt isn’t shy about the clientele that his company attracts, telling me that Bugatti has “a customer base that is used to configuring their yachts and their aeroplanes themselves,” and further that “if you relate it to the production store, it’s not so fantastic.”
I’m still staggering from the matter-of-fact manner in which those words were uttered, along with the inescapable logic they contain. The $19 million Bugatti La Voiture Noire will have the exact inverse value curve of a regular car.
It’ll start to appreciate rather than deteriorate the moment it’s delivered, and after 20 or so years, it’s likely to be an even more desired and exceptional design/standing/wealth piece. Only a reckless fool would dare drive it.
Unsurprisingly, Bugatti’s new hypercar debut is the most expensive new car ever built and sold. What might surprise you though is that its escalated price is thanks entirely to its fancier design and inadequacy?
The Divo costs a comparably tame €5 million / $5.7 million, though that price is only of historic importance, as all 40 examples of it were sold to existing Chiron owners immediately upon announcement.
Before my conversation with Anscheidt concluded, he remarked that Bugatti is seeing a great response to all of its limited-run vehicles, and “there will be many more people who will want to have a one-off car made for themselves.”
I’m confident that there are indeed millions who’d very much like that privilege. And I suspect there’ll be barely enough WHO will afford Bugatti’s absurd costs so as to stay this humourous marketplace for ultra-luxuries going.