Welp, There’s Another Most Expensive (New) Car Ever Sold at Auction
We all know how the big RM Sotheby’s car auctions typically go. There are some interesting newer models, like a V-12 Aston or maybe a Maserati you forgot existed, and then there’s the classic stuff from the Italians that usually wipes the floor of everybody’s money. Well, the latest auction this week put every other car in its place, as it was a one-of-a-kind supercar that set a record for the most-expensive “new” car ever sold at auction.
The winning car this week was the glamorous Bugatti Chiron Profilée, with this auction representing one of the last times you’ll have a chance to get your mitts on the W-16 Chiron, as all production slots have been accounted for and they claim they don’t plan on making any more. Since the company knew it couldn’t produce any more Profilée’s beyond the one, it decided to auction it to the highest bidder. There is a catch though, as so much has changed over a regular Chiron model, this one is only cleared by regulators for the European market.
The Profilée ended up selling at the RM Sotheby’s auction this week for a whopping 9,792,500 euros, or roughly $10.8 million. Before the auction, speculators estimated the Bugatti would end up going for between $4.6 and $6 million, so it nearly doubled the highest estimate.
The Profilée is not just (maybe) the last W-16 Chiron, it’s also received some special tuning, namely shorter gear ratios and a higher 6,900 rpm limit, as well as tweaks to its steering and suspension. Bugatti says that shaves 0.1 seconds off of a regular Chiron’s 2.4 seconds to 62 mph, and top speed is limited to 236 mph. And with all that, it’s said to be a “tamer” version of the previously-revealed Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. The bespoke design of the rear tail improves downforce and is meant to resemble the old Bugatti Type 46.
Let us know if you’re the person who won the auction, we just want to talk.
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