Bugatti Centodieci is a $9m 1600hp homage to the iconic EB110

Andrew Cummings
August 19, 2019

The French facility is also where founder Ettore Bugatti produced the very first few cars which bore his name at the end of 1909. "We faced a number of technical challenges in terms of the development and design of the Centodieci", Achim Anscheid, Head Designer at Bugatti, explains. That claim of dominance was renewed this morning with the debut of the Bugatti Centodieci during the Quail, A Motorsports Gathering at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, Calif. Compared to the more voluptuous curves of Bugatti's recent offerings, the sharper, more angular aesthetic of the 1990s supercar is still recognizable in the new vehicle, but its lines and sculpting are more refined and subdued. "We are proud of our long Bugatti history, of which the EB110 is very much a part", mentioned Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti's CEO, in a released statement.

Limited to just ten models, of which all have been accounted for already, the Centodieci carries a sticker price of €8-million (R136 232 036) and will each be offered in a buyer specific colour. It uses the same 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine, tuned to deliver 1,599hp - up from the Chiron's 1,498hp. Transporting this classic look into the new millennium without copying it was technically complex, to say the least. Unlike the aforementioned hyper sports cars, though, the Centodieci takes a different route with its grille design.

Instead of having a dominant and sweeping C-line in the B pillar, the Centodieci has five round air inserts that are positioned in the form of a diamond. As for top speed, that has been electronically limited to 379km/h, though it would be interesting to see just how high the speedo could climb if not restricted. The auto reportedly goes from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 2.4 seconds.

The Centodieci also has a permanently raised rear wing, unlike the Chiron's wing, which can be lowered so that it lays against the car's body. Still, the Bugatti Centodieci is faster and has 100 more horsepower than the $18.7 million La Voiture Noire, and that's no easy feat. To achieve this, several items such as the windscreen wipers and stabilisers are made of carbon-fibre. Credit also goes to the rear diffuser and permanent rear wing, the latter of which is mechanically adjustable to deliver the ideal angle of inclination for each speed.

As such you can enjoy the unveiling of the Centodieci in the live streamed video from Pebble Beach below.

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