Ten examples of the EB110-inspired, Chiron-based, 1577bhp Centodieci will be built
16 August 2019

Bugatti has paid homage to the landmark EB110 supercar with the Centodieci, the latest limited-edition model based on the Chiron

Introduced in 1991, the EB110 was the first car launched by Bugatti following its revival by Italian businessman Romano Artioli. While not a commercial success, with just 118 examples made before Bugatti went bankrupt in 1995, it did signpost the future direction of the firm after it was bought by the Volkswagen Group in 1998. 

Revealed at Pebble Beach, the Centodieci – meaning 110 in Italian – features a number of elements inspired by the EB110, including a similar grille design, a windscreen that wraps around an invisible A-pillar and a five-aperture side air intake. 

“We think [the EB110] should not be forgotten. It was the start of a trilogy [preceding the Chiron and Veyron],” Bugatti design director Achim Anscheidt told Autocar. 

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Like the Divo that was shown at Pebble Beach last year, the Centodieci will offer a more exclusive take on the Chiron’s mechanical package. It uses the same 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine, tuned to deliver 1577bhp – up from the Chiron’s 1478bhp. Bugatti also claims a 20kg weight reduction. 

According to Bugatti, the Centodieci has a 2.4sec 0-62mph time, covers 0-124mph in 6.1sec and can reach 186mph from rest in 13.1sec – 0.5sec quicker than the time claimed for the Chiron. The car is limited to 236mph, compared with 261mph for the Chiron. 

Aerodynamic changes include a sizeable rear wing, with Bugatti claiming peak downforce of 90kg. That is relatively modest by hypercar standards but, like other Bugattis, the Centodieci is designed for high-speed stability rather than track pace. The firm claims the Centodieci can deliver similar lateral acceleration to that of the Divo. 

The Centodieci will be considerably more expensive than the Chiron. Just 10 will be built, with the price starting at £7.4 million before tax. All were sold before the car was officially revealed.

Q&A with Achim Anscheidt, Bugatti design director

Where did you draw most inspiration from? 

“The EB110 has the classic wedge shape of a supercar at that time. If you look at the side profile of the Centodieci, you see this kind of wedge line implemented into the car, also the wraparound windshield and the narrow eye face.” 

Will limited editions be a continuing part of the Bugatti strategy? 

“When [boss] Stefan Winkelmann joined, he initiated the possibility of one-off and few-off development using the technical basis of the Chiron. That was liberating. We have done the Divo, La Voiture Noire and now this. In the design department, we always thought the EB110 was a supercar that deserves not to be forgotten.” 

Should we expect other historical cars to serve as inspiration for future projects? 

“We have no shortage of inspiration, but the strategy of a design department should not only be triggered by history. We love these projects, but we must also do projects where we look forward.”

The EB110: mindblowing performance, poor timing

The EB110 had a troubled gestation. Bugatti boss Romano Artioli wasn’t happy with Marcello Gandini’s original wedge design, roping in architect Giampaolo Benedini for the finished version. With a carbonfibre monocoque and all-wheel drive, it was powered by a 60-valve V12 engine producing 553bhp – at the time bettered only by the McLaren F1. 

But it arrived just as the supercar bubble burst and few were willing to pay the £285,500 asking price. Autocar road tested a GT model in 1994, recording a 0-60mph time of 4.5sec and a 9.6sec for 0-100mph.

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16 August 2019

lol!

16 August 2019

Bugatti should do something novel like the Valkyrie. Frankly, this is boring.

16 August 2019

I have to say, that does look absolutely stunning.

 

16 August 2019

 Hypercar, are they really Cars?, can you go Shopping in them?, go on Holiday with it?, no, you couldn’t, so, really their a very rich mans  extravagant Toy?, still, I and most of us will never see let alone afford one, so I guess, if there are People out there with £7.4 million to buy a Car, why not this?

Peter Cavellini.

16 August 2019

Actually kinda like the way this looks but Bugatti are honestly just pulling that price out of their arses. It’s got a new body, more power and a revised setup. How does that make it 3 times more expensive than a Chiron??? 

Jesus drove a Honda - "for I did not speak of my own Accord" - John 12:49

16 August 2019

Because 10 people are willing to pay that price.

17 August 2019

It's not even just the fact that, even if i could afford it, i wouldn't be able to buy one, because they're all already sold out, cars like this one are just not something that excites me anymore, nor do they make me want to drive them.

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Honestly, i don't think they're even meant for car enthusiasts, not anymore. They're just super expensive, very pretty sculptures. I'd be very surprised if any of the 10 ever makes it past 1100 miles on the odo ( on their own wheels, not being flown about from fancy place to fancy place by their fancy owners ).

 

 

17 August 2019

So a little confession. I've helped create a few of these things. There's a little bit of the tired "well they aren't practical and so I think they’re rubbish" comments here. I'd suggest that an MX-5 or even 911 isn't either for 99% of people and so maybe the issue is their obvious unaffordability. 

At this end of the market over 250k the buyer IS discerning. They are no fools, they are rich but they are buying exclusivity, real tangible "one of five/ten/two" exclusivity. I had a hand in a few of these so-called hypercars and we tried not to deviate from the homologated spec. But that was the opposite to what the buyer wanted, they wanted longtails, short runs and above all something visual. In the middle-east where dress code is uniform then jewellery, automotive or otherwise is often the only way to stand out. But it can't be simple gold-plated-wheel bling, these people and their friends know their sausages. So a super-exclusive car, rebodied and with an “authentic” story such as this one has makes sense. Financially it needs around $10M to get a body done, one that’s not going to look like a TVR’s that’s glued together and so the price stacks up. Bugatti should be able to pull $20M profit from these things. That’s a good thing, if you like Porsche making 911s by selling 90% four-doors then I’m happy cutting Bugatti some slack to allow them to make a business case too off these cars.

 

Plus, subjectivity being all – I love the looks and the job they’ve done

17 August 2019
Cersai Lannister wrote:

Plus, subjectivity being all – I love the looks and the job they’ve done

... even that multi-layered rear?

17 August 2019
Cersai Lannister wrote:

 

At this end of the market over 250k the buyer IS discerning. They are no fools, they are rich but they are buying exclusivity, real tangible "one of five/ten/two" exclusivity. 

Unfortunately exclusivity does not necessarily equate to quality in design.

No doubt there are expensive exclusive villas designed by some of the world's best architects (Corbusier, Mies, Loos, Meier etc.) But there are also equally expensive and exclusive villas designed by 'society' architects that disfigure the LA or Sydney or Vancouver suburbs. I think the hypercar situation is similar, especially when one hypercar seems to come along every week. Give me the original Fiat Panda, Uno, A2, Cactus (the list goes on) anytime over these hypercars with hyper-inflated gestures.

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