The world's most expensive new car makes its North American debut this week at the world's premier luxury auto show, the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance, which kicks off Tuesday in Monterey, California.
Bugatti debuted its one-of-a-kind $18.68 million La Voiture Noire, which translates to The Black Car, at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. The car pays homage to the art deco design of the Type 57SC Atlantic, one of the most coveted classic cars in the world. Designed in 1934 by Jean Bugatti, eldest son of company founder Ettore Bugatti, only four were made. Three are accounted for while the fourth one, which was lost in World War II, would be valued at well over $100 million if found today.
The new La Voiture Noire packs 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-foot of torque that propels it from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. It has a quad turbo W-16 engine with a top speed of 261 mph.
"We produced a true one-off, a single unit car that we call automotive haute couture," said Achim Anscheidt, Bugatti's design director. "It's not just a car anymore, it's really more like a piece of art in line with the highly exclusive fashion and luxury brands in France."