WELL, the money you can make if you reach the top rungs of the soccer ladder.

David Beckham was able to afford Posh and the latest rumour has it that football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has just bought the world’s most expensive car: Bugatti’s one-off La Voiture Noire.

Although Bugatti has refused to disclose who bought the 11 million euro ($A17.6 million) hypercar, Spanish sports publication Marca named the Juventus star as the buyer, and also reported that he will not be able to drive the 420km/h car until the sale details are finalised in 2021.

The bespoke Bugatti takes its inspiration from the Type 57 SC Atlantic of the 1930s, but the French hypercar specialist insists that this is more than just a modern interpretation thereof.

Bugatti describes it as a tailor-made creation only comparable with the haute couture of exclusive Paris fashion designers.

“Every single component has been handcrafted and the carbon fibre body has a deep black gloss only interrupted by the ultra fine fibre structure,” designer Etienne Salomé said.

“This is a material that has been handled perfectly.  

“We worked long and hard on this design until there was nothing that we could improve. For us, the coupé represents the perfect form with a perfect finish.”

The La Voiture Noire is powered by the same 8.0-litre, 16-cylinder engine as the Bugatti Chiron and Divo, which produces 1103kW and 1600Nm.

No performance figures have been released but it should offer similar performance to that aforementioned Chiron, which can charge from 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds, according to claims, and reach 420km/h.


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Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.
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