In the hypercar world, the things we see produced cost ridiculous amounts of money thanks to the new technologies and composite materials used, that and the brand name attached can also ensure a high price tag. One of the top in this game is Bugatti. In 1998, Bugatti basically put themselves back on the map with the now iconic and very rare Bugati EB110. It featured some then futuristic styling, but the centrepiece of the supercar (the word hypercar hadn’t been coined at that stage, but it truly was one) was the powerplant. You must remember this car came out 31 years ago, and back then having a car powered by a 3.5-litre, quad turbocharged V12 was unheard of. There were some massive powerplants but ones with turbochargers didn’t exist. The EB110 GT produced 412 kW and the later EB110 Super Sport cranked out 450 kW – both cars using a 6-speed manual transmission. It’s immediately clear why the car ended up being one of the most recognisable icons in automotive history.
This new Bugatti Centodieci is basically a current version of the EB110. It’s in the name, Centodieci is Italian for 110. For this new project, Bugatti pushed the boundaries of design, technology and performance with this uber-exclusive limited run model to create a modern interpretation of the shapes and technology from that original design that’s now over 30 years old. The end result is sportier and more extreme than both the Chiron and Divo but at the same time it manages to be as elegant and timeless as the other limited-production run La Voiture Noire. It can’t have been easy to capture the essence of the EB110 in modern times, aerodynamics and styling have come such a long way that the end result would need to have a similar look and feel to today’s hypercars, especially since the planned powerplant was sourced from the automaker’s current halo car – the Chiron.
At the end of the project what we have is a limited production run car of just ten models, the Centodieci ended up being 20 kg lighter than the Chiron which affords the hypercar an amazing power-to-weight ratio of 1.13 kg per hp, or 885 hp per ton. The aero gives the car more than 90 kg more downforce over the Chiron too. Those ten units feature the legendary 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged W16 engine that creates an amazing 1 176 kW and it’s mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission that distributes that power to all four wheels. As said, they’re all spoken for, but the initial list price was a cool R142 000 000, or around €8 000 000.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off exactly what roughly R150 000 000 will get you for your car collection: BUGATTI CENTODIECI: Inspired by The Legendary EB110 Supersport | Bugatti
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