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Who wins in a One Off Special Car Battle - McLaren vs Bugatti

Bugatti La Voiture Noir
Bugatti La Voiture Noir. Image © Bugatti

Two giants of the supercar world have both released one off cars. With Bugatti breaking the record for the most expensive car ever sold with the £9.5 million La Voiture Noire. And McLaren’s MSO (McLaren Special Operations) revealing a one off variant of their 720S Spider.

Both car manufacturers opted to show these one off road going monsters at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

The exact price of the Bugatti La Voiture Noire (which translates to the black car) hasn’t been disclosed however it is in excess of £9.5 million ($11m). The new owner of this one off special is thought to be Ferdinand Piech, the former CEO of Volkswagen. Although the buyer hasn’t been officially confirmed by Bugatti.

Bugatti La Voiture Noir Geneva 2019
Bugatti La Voiture Noir. Image © Autocar

The La Voiture Noire is made from a fully carbon fibre body which houses a 16 cylinder 1,500bhp monster. The reason for producing “the black car” was to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary. That’s a more than acceptable reason in our book! Actually, any reason for a manufacturer to produce 1,000bhp + supercars is a good reason to us.

However Bugatti are keeping their cards very close to their chest and aren’t revealing how quick their new one off car is. Based on Bugatti’s most recent hypercar the Chiron, we can easily expect the La Voiture Noire’s 0-62mph times around 2.4 seconds and a top speed around 261mph.

The Bugatti Chiron also has a W16 quad turbocharged engine and produces just under 1,500bhp so we expect the La Voiture Noire’s stats to be very similar.

Bugatti La Voiture Noir
Bugatti La Voiture Noir. Image © Bugatti

The McLaren 720S on the other hand is using technology from the 720S Velocity which was shown at the Geneva Car Show in 2017.

The engine and other components are exactly the same as the production model 720S. It still has V8 twin-turbocharged engine producing 710bhp. Although being less than half of the Bugatti La Voiture Noire, it’s still more than enough to get you from 0-62mph in 2.9seconds and all the way to a top speed of 202mph.

One of the stand out features of the 720S is its tri-tone gradient paint which McLaren are naming Coriolis. McLaren have said that it is a blend of three metallic paints and took a whopping 260 hours to complete!

McLaren 720S Geneva 2019
McLaren 720S Geneva 2019. Image © McLaren

McLaren Special Operations have taken some time to fit this 720S with a range of custom additions, including numerous new components made of carbon fibre, a new electrochromatic glass on the hard-top roof and a new sports exhaust.

This variant of the McLaren 720S won’t go into production and has been designed to showcase the aerodynamic capabilities of its Super Series convertible.

McLaren 720S Geneva 2019
McLaren 720S Geneva 2019. Image © McLaren

So with two renowned supercar manufacturers releasing one off cars at Geneva Motor Show 2019 which gets your vote?

If you had a piggy bank worth over £10million would you consider the Bugatti La Voiture Noire or does the McLaren 720S offer more than enough bang for your buck!

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