The soccer star owns one of only ten examples that are being made.
Last year, it was widely rumored that Cristiano Ronaldo was the mystery owner of the one-off Bugatti La Voiture Noire, reportedly costing the soccer star a whopping $18 million. This made the Bugatti La Voiture Noire the most expensive new car ever produced. Soon after, these reports were dismissed by Ronaldo's spokesperson.
According to sources, the soccer star has in fact placed an order for a different Bugatti: the Centodieci. Unveiled at Pebble Beach last year to celebrate the company's 110th anniversary, the Bugatti Centodieci is inspired by the iconic Bugatti EB110 from the 1990s. Production is limited to just ten units, each costing $9 million. That's still extortionate, but it's half the price of the La Voiture Noire.
Did Ronaldo make the right choice choosing the Bugatti Centodieci instead of the La Voiture Noire? While the La Voiture Noire has 1,500 horsepower, the Centodieci's 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbo engine cranks out 1,600 horsepower, making it even more powerful than the record-breaking Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+. With this setup, 0-62 mph takes 2.4-seconds, while 0-186 mph is achieved in 13.1-seconds before the Centodieci reaches an electronically limited top speed of 236 mph.
As a homage to the EB110, the Bugatti Centodieci features a smaller horseshoe grille, a new front spoiler, slim headlights, a wraparound windshield, and distinctive three-section air intakes. Weight-saving measures such as a lightweight windshield wiper, carbon stabilizers, and filigree exterior mirrors make the Centodieci 44 pounds lighter than the Chiron.
The Centodieci is just one of several Bugattis Ronaldo has bought, as the soccer star also owns a Bugatti Chiron and a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse along with other exotic supercars. Deliveries for the Bugatti Centodieci start in 2021, at which point Ronaldo will be the owner of one of the most exclusive supercars in the world.
Question is, who did buy the Bugatti La Voiture Noire if it wasn't Ronaldo? The buyer's identity is still a closely guarded secret, although rumors originally claimed it was built for VW Group chairman Ferdinand Piech.