Bugatti’s Pebble Beach reveal: one-off Centodieci is yet another EB110 homage – 1,600 PS and limited to just 10 units

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Earlier this week, we wrote about Bugatti celebrating it’s 110th birthday. And yesterday, Bugatti just revealed their homage to the EB110 Super Sport. Bugatti calls her the “Centodieci” (a literal translation of one hundred and ten) and while it is based off their modern day Chiron, borrows heavily from design cues of the EB110. The whispers say that only 10 units will be produced, at a staggering $9 mil USD each. We wouldn’t be surprised if these are already sold out.

With the Centodieci, Bugatti pays tribute to an extraordinary part of its long and rich history: the EB110. Inspired by the legendary supercar of the 1990s, Bugatti once again pushes the boundaries of design, technology and performance with this exclusive and magnificent small series. Limited to ten units, the Centodieci is not only a homage to and modern reinterpretation of the EB110, but it’s also a fascinating manifesto connected with the brand values of excellence, courage and dedication.

Back in 1991 the EB110 catapulted Bugatti to the pinnacle of the automotive world once again after a hiatus of over three decades. During this lapse Bugatti lived on in the hearts and memories of many enthusiasts, collectors and connoisseurs. Romano Artioli was one of them. In 1987, this Italian entrepreneur and Bugatti collector bought the rights of the brand with one strong commitment: to build the best and fastest supercar in the world, and put Bugatti back where it belonged and where it still is today.

One of the main challenges of the Bugatti design team was not to be captivated too much by the design of the historic vehicle and work solely in retrospect, but to create a modern interpretation of the shapes and technology of that time. The result is simply stunning: even sportier and more extreme than the Chiron and Divo, yet elegant and timeless like the La Voiture Noire, the Centodieci is a one-of-a-kind Bugatti for the connoisseur.

Bugatti designers and engineers faced several technical challenges during the development of the Centodieci. Transporting the classic look of a supercar of the late 1980s into the new millennium and respecting its spirit without copying was technically complex, to say the least. Additionally, the completely different aesthetic appearance had to fit in perfect harmony with the aerodynamic and thermal requirements of the potent 16-cylinder power train, now with an impressive output of 1,600 PS.

Considering the Centodieci is based upon the Chiron, we can only assume that motivation comes from the same 8.0 litre W16 engine. Bugatti have trimmed a further 20 kg off the Chiron’s dry weight and we already know the Centodieci produces 100 PS more than the “standard” Chiron, Divo and La Voiture Noire, although Bugatti have yet to reveal the Centodieci’s torque figures.

At time of writing, there are no other technical details of their new EB110 homage. But we know that it will complete 0-100 km/h sprint in just 2.4 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 6.1 seconds, and 0-300 km/h in 13.1 seconds. Top speed is limited to “just” 380 km/h.

Should the rumours about its price tag be true, then we’d certainly expect more, especially considering it will cost three times the price of a regular Chiron (if there is even such a thing).

 

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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