Bugatti Unveil $9 Million Centodieci Hypercar

By Paul Joseph

French supercar makers Bugatti have used the Concours d’Elegance Pebble Beach to launch the limited edition Bugatti Centodieci.

Italian for ‘110’, the Centodieci hypercar is a tribute to perhaps one of the most underappreciated Bugatti cars ever made – the EB110.

Before Bugatti was bought by Volkswage in 1998, the brand was owned by Romano Artioli, who created the EB110 as a special model to celebrate Ettore Bugatti’s 110th birthday in 1991.

Powered by a 550bhp, 3.5-litre quad-turbo V12 engine, it was one of the fastest of its time competing directly with the McLaren F1, with its quirky design the work of Marcello Gandini, the famed Italian car designer.

Despite having all the requisite ingredients to become a distinguished supercar, it failed to take off with consumers, but Bugatti hope this new model will rectify that aberration.

Just like the Bugatti Divo that debuted at Pebble Beach last year, the Centodieci is also based on the Bugatti Chiron, but with mechanical changes and a completely different bodywork inspired by the EB110. It is meant to look like a modern rendition of the EB110 with design attributes adapted to the proportions and dimensions of the Chiron’s chassis.

The front is the most eye-catching angle of the hypercar, which gets a much smaller sized Bugatti horseshoe with three-section air intakes and the brand logo on the hood instead of the grille. On the side, the unique C-shaped B-pillar of the Chiron has been replaced by five round air intakes in a diamond shape that reference the EB110.

At the rear, the exhaust tailpipes are stacked two by two within the huge diffuser and the eye-catching eight taillight elements give a three-dimensional look to it.

The 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine has been retuned to produce 1577 horsepower, which is almost 100 horses more than the Chiron, while the weight has also been reduced by a modest 44 pounds, which gives the Centodieci a better power-to-weight ratio.

Bugatti claims the new hypercar can go from 0-62mph in just 2.4 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 236 mph.

Only 10 examples will be built and all of them have already been sold despite a price-tag of about $8.9 million.

By Paul Joseph