At $17.5m, this is the most expensive new car in history

For its 110th anniversary, Bugatti has created a jet black rocket it hails as the most expensive car of all time. It wouldn’t look out of place as Star Wars villain Darth Vader’s preferred mode of transport.

The Bugatti sold for $17.5 million. Credit:Bloomberg

“La Voiture Noire” is priced at 11 million euros ($17.5 million), which would buy about 300 Tesla Model 3s. The one-time vehicle has already been sold and speculation points to former VW Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Ferdinand Piech as the new owner. Piech was known for his tough leadership style before quitting the brand’s parent Volkswagen in acrimony in April 2015.

While there’s no mention of Piech in Bugatti’s statement, describing the new owner only as an “enthusiast” for the brand, it was Piech who signed off on some of Bugatti’s outrageous development costs. There is – intended or not – a hint of Darth Vader providing some inspiration:

“The windscreen seems to flow seamlessly into the windows at the sides like the visor on a helmet,” Bugatti said.


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