Bugatti showcased the latest customer example of its few-off Centodieci. The new creation draws inspiration from the legendary EB110 Supersport. Designed and produced during the Romano Artioli era of Bugatti in the 1980s and 1990s, the EB110 Supersport was a lighter, more powerful iteration of the EB110 GT.
The EB110 is unique in the Bugatti history. With the brand’s rebirth in the late 1980s the EB110 emerged with timeless sports car proportions. Its design was finished by Giampaolo Benedini, the architect responsible for the Bauhaus-inspired Campogalliano factory of the period, and the EB110’s memorable graphics and sophisticated shapes certainly reflect that architectural approach. But what was true of the EB110 Supersport is true for us today: form follows performance. So we wanted to look at why this car looked the way it did, and reinterpreted that for a modern era Bugatti. – Achim Anscheidt, Bugatti Design Director
The Supersport features five cooling holes in the B-pillar, necessary to feed air to the 3.5-liter quad-turbocharged V12 engine. That air then washes through the glass-covered engine bay and exits via ten slots in the rear. In the Centodieci, these elements are reworked and modernized, with air entering through five cooling ports in the apex of a newly shaped Bugatti C-line, over the W16 engine and out through the rear, including in between a new light signature. An enlarged rear diffuser features vertically stacked quad exhausts, in a modern homage to the EB110 Supersport’s twin pipes.
The 1,600 PS Centodieci sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.4 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.1 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 13.1 seconds; the top speed is electronically limited to 380 km/h (236 mph).
Inspired by the EB110 Supersport, the silhouette of the bespoke Bugatti appears to leap forwards even while stationary. This requiered an entirely new roofline and profile, with a front that sits much lower and a rear that sits much higher. The new visor-inspired glasshouse appears to sweep seamlessly around the body, while a new frontal visual identity is inspired by the EB110’s understated Bugatti horseshoe grille. The sides of the Centodieci create a play of light and shadow with only gentle curves, while the slab-shaped headlights of EB110 evolve into cutting-edge slimline LED headlights on the Centodieci.
Just ten examples of the highly exclusive Bugatti Centodieci will be hand-built in the Molsheim Atelier and delivered to customers until the end of the year, with each already sold at a unit price of eight million Euros.
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