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Introducing the Bugatti Centodieci – An exclusive, small series super sports car.

JOHNNY DUNCAN

 

Since the beginning of the Bugatti brand when Ettore Bugatti began creating masterpiece automobiles in 1909 in Molsheim, (then Germany), the elegance and performance of a Bugatti automobile was unmistakable. Now, Bugatti has once again stunned the auto world by bringing to market another jewel with the Bugatti Centodieci. The Bugatti Centodieci is the French automaker’s most powerful supercar yet, with a 16-cylinder engine delivering 1,600 hp. But it’s not just the power or the $8.9 million price, but the classic design and the sportier look. The Centodieci is turning heads with its sleek design and the painstaking labor incorporated into all the fine details one would expect from Bugatti.

 

Centodieci

Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti recently declared, “With the Centodieci, we pay homage to the EB110 super sports car which was built in the 1990s and is very much a part of our tradition-steeped history. With the EB110, Bugatti catapulted itself to the top of the automotive world once again after 1956 with a new model.” The Centodieci, which means 110 in Italian to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the company’s founding, has a newly developed, deep-seated front spoiler along with three-section air intakes--quite the departure from the Chiron and the Veyron.

 

The flat, horseshoe-shaped radiator at the front reveals its depth only from the side view, with the newly developed, deepseated front spoiler and the threesection air intakes providing a perfect match. The front of the Centodieci drops very low and the iconic Bugatti horseshoe has been reduced accordingly. The Bugatti logo Macaron sits on the hood, which is interrupted at the centre by a black element. The Centodieci also has new, very narrow headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights and five round air inserts to ensure sufficient air intake for its 16-cylinder engine, that is covered by a transparent glass surface.

 

As with the Centodieci, Bugatti employs the shock effect when showcasing its latest work of art. After debuting at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire sold for $12.5 million. Built to mark the automaker’s 110th anniversary, La Voiture Noire, which is French for “the black car,” resembles the classic Batmobile. The La Voiture Noire is, according to Bugatti, a homage to the Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic, of which only four were made between 1936 and 1938.

For the Centodieci, the challenge was to create a vehicle in the memory of the 1990s EB110, but not to duplicate it. As Achim Anscheidt, Head Designer at Bugatti, stated in the press release, “We faced a number of technical challenges in terms of the development and design of the Centodieci. Transporting this classic look into the new millennium without copying it was technically complex, to say the least. We had to create a new way of combining the complex aerothermal requirements of the underlying Chiron technology with a completely different aesthetic appearance.”

 

Built to Last for Collectors

As is expected, the Centodieci is very fast, with a sprint time of zero to 62mph in 2.4 seconds, which is faster than the Chiron, and that is probably because it is 44 pounds lighter than the Chiron, too. The top speed on the Centodieci is electronically controlled to 380 kilometers per hour (236 mph). Only ten of these Bugattis have been handbuilt in Molsheim, (all sold out), with deliveries to the first Centodieci customers expected to begin in 2022. It looks like other potential collectors will have to wait for Bugatti’s next work of art to come to fruition.