Exceptional design and vast power have been the hallmark features of Bugatti vehicles for around 110 years. In August, the French manufacturer of hyper sports cars now pursues this path further with the new special-edition Centodieci.
Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti, said: "With the Centodieci, we pay homage to the EB110 super sports car which was built in the 1990s and is very much a part of our tradition-steeped history.
"With the EB110, Bugatti catapulted itself to the top of the automotive world once again after 1956 with a new model."
The series, limited to ten vehicles (already sold out) and handcrafted in Molsheim, France, will be delivered in two years at unit prices starting from the equivalent of R135-million.
It was a crucial interim step for the production facility that was newly founded in Molsheim in 1998, taking Bugatti back to its roots in France, and the first hyper sports car of modern times – the Veyron.
Stephan Winkelmann said: "We are proud of our long Bugatti history, of which the EB110 is very much a part. That’s why we’re celebrating a reinterpretation of this extraordinary vehicle with the Centodieci – Italian for 110."
The EB110 was built in Campogalliano, Italy, but from the very outset it never denied its French influences. Former owner Romano Artioli opened the factory on Ettore Bugatti’s 109th birthday – 15 September 1990. Artioli made a deliberate choice in opting for Campogalliano, a small town in Emilia Romagna.
Achim Anscheidt, Head Designer at Bugatti, said: "The challenge was not to allow oneself to be captivated too much by the design of the historic vehicle and work solely in retrospect, but instead to create a modern interpretation of the shape and technology of that time."
Even sportier and more extreme than the Bugatti Chiron1 and Divo2 hyper sports cars, yet elegant and timeless like the La Voiture Noire2, it is a one-of-a-kind Bugatti for the enthusiast.
16-cylinder engine now delivers 1176kW
Instead of the V12, the Centodieci features the iconic 8.0-litre W16 engine with 1,176 kW. An additional air inlet in the area of the oil cooler reliably regulates the temperature of the performance-enhanced engine. The Centodieci sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds, to 200 km/h in 6.1 seconds and to 300 km/h in 13.1 seconds; the top speed is electronically cut off at 380 km/h.
"It’s not just the top speed that makes a hyper sports car. With the Centodieci, we once again demonstrate that design, quality and performance are just as important," said Winkelmann. Compared to the Chiron, the Centodieci saves 20kg of unladen weight.