Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este – Italian for ‘Competition of Elegance of Villa d’Este’ – is a Concours d’Elegance event for some of the finest automobiles and motorcycles. It takes place annually near the Villa d’Este hotel in Cernobbio, on the western shore of Lake Como in northern Italy. This year, visitors had a chance to witness the best cars in the world in both production and prototype form, including Bugatti‘s stunning Centodieci, which the French luxury brand presented in the ‘Concept Cars & Prototypes’ category over the previous weekend from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd October 2021.
Unveiled during Monterey Car Week in California at the Quail in 2019, the Centodieci celebrates the company’s 110th anniversary. Inspired by the legendary Bugatti EB110 of 1991 and powered by the 8.0-liter W16 engine producing 1,600PS, just 10 models will be hand-built at Bugatti’s Molsheim Atelier and be delivered to customers next year. All ten Centodieci models had already been accounted for by customers prior to the car’s unveiling.
This year Bugatti also celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Bugatti EB110. The groundbreaking car that was introduced in 1991 to mark 110 years since the birth of Ettore Bugatti in 1881, featured an innovative engineering package that included a carbon fiber chassis and a 3.5-litre 12-cylinder engine with five valves per cylinder and quadruple turbochargers. The transmission was also incorporated within the engine block to create more space for cabin occupants.
The historic supercar model presented at Villa d’Este in the class “The Next Generation: Hypercars of the 90s” was formerly owned by Romano Artioli, the Italian entrepreneur, who relaunched Bugatti as Bugatti Automobili S.p.A. in 1987, prior to the company’s closure in 1995.
Following the EB110 SuperSport debut at Salon de l’Automobile in Geneva, the team took the car to the Nardò circuit in the South of Italy, to carry out the homologation tests. The car also set a speed record on snow and ice at 296km/h, while a Bugatti EB110 GT powered by natural gas achieved at top speed of 344.7 km/h.
The Bugatti Centodieci was presented as a static display within the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este ‘Concept Cars & Prototypes’ area on Saturday 2nd October and again on Sunday 3rd October, the car also took part in the dynamic presentation parade.