Bugatti surprised everyone when, during the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, they introduced a one-of-a-kind, $18 million supercar called La Voiture Noire. It was not obvious back then, but the firm was already working hard on its next masterpiece, and now it’s here. It is a limited-edition, Chiron-based model called Centodieci that celebrates the 110th birthday of the company by paying tribute to the EB110. Before it was unveiled, Digital Trends had an exclusive look at it to present you with photos. You can see more photos following this link.
Centodieci means “one hundred and ten” in Italian. Bugatti wished to honor, without copying, the Italian-built EB110. Achim Anscheidt, the lead designer of the company, informed Digital Trends that he wished to build a genuine car with its own personality. In latest years, the technology that penetrated Bugatti’s design studio helped him and his team take the Centodieci in record time from a sketch on a piece of paper to a vehicle. During the 1990s, the same process would have taken a lot longer and cost much more because it would have taken several hundred pounds of clay.
“We’re reaching a level of virtual development that’s at least on par with the tools we used before. The engineering underneath is already done, so we can use virtual data to immediately see how things are moving, or where the limit is between feasibility and design development. This is the biggest progress in car design,” Anscheidt told Digital Trends.
The interior of the Centodieci has not yet been completed. Digital Trends have learned that it will embrace the same design as the Chiron, but it will feature model-specific trim parts and accents. Again, digital tools helped speed up the design process by the Bugatti styling team. Because travelers will always sit in the same place, it is simpler to build an interior rather than an exterior. The vehicle will be seen from many distinct angles, from close up and far away, and it must always look great.
Both the EB110 and the Centodieci are mid-engined and both have four turbochargers, a distinctive configuration even in the hypercar segment. But while the original came with a 3.5-liter V12, an evolution of the Chiron 8.0-liter W16 engine designed to produce 1,600 horsepower at 7,000 rpm is powering the tribute vehicle. The increase in 100 horse power allows the Centodieci to achieve 62 mph in 2.4 seconds from a static position. Keep the accelerator floored and it will show you 186 mph in 13.1 seconds on the speedometer. Its top velocity is restricted to 236 mph electronically. However, it is not just a question of straight-line velocity. The Centodieci is happy to carve angles as Bugatti promises.
Only 10 Centodieci examples will be manufactured in Molsheim, France, where the firm is based. Each is priced at € 8 million (approximately $9 million). Buyers can operate with Bugatti directly to customize their vehicle. Deliveries will begin late in 2021, but if you haven’t already purchased, it’s too already too late. Before the Centodieci made its public debut in Pebble Beach, collectors claimed the entire collection.