Bugatti's new limited-edition hypercar is a modern take on the EB110 SS.
After months of rumors and speculative render designs, Bugatti has presented its new limited-edition hypercar at Pebble Beach. Just as rumors have suggested, it's heavily inspired by the exquisite EB110 Super Sport, one of the fastest supercars built in the 1990s to celebrate the company's founder, Ettore Bugatti, 110th birthday before the Veyron and Chiron defined the brand in the new millennium. Say hello to the Bugatti Centodieci (that's Italian for '110'), which also doubles as a celebration for Bugatti's 110th anniversary this year.
Take one look at the Centodieci's striking design, and the connections to the EB110 are immediately obvious, from the flat, horseshoe-shaped radiator at the front, to the newly developed front spoiler, and the three-section air intakes. The iconic Bugatti horseshoe grille has been reduced accordingly, while the Bugatti logo Macaron sits on the hood, which is interrupted at the center by a black element. Elsewhere, the optimized front section with the extended front splitter and the airflow through the hood further improve the car's aerodynamics.
The bespoke design looks even more extreme than the Divo and La Voiture Noire, which presented Bugatti with many technical challenges. "The challenge was not to allow oneself be captivated too much by the design of the historic vehicle and work solely in retrospect, but instead to create a modern interpretation of the shape and technology of that time," explained Achim Anscheidt, Head Designer at Bugatti.
"We faced a number of technical challenges in terms of the development and design of the Centodieci. The EB110 is a very flat, wedge-shaped and graphically quasi two-dimensional super sports car of the late 1980s. 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."
Another design element that pays homage to the EB110 is the narrow headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. "Thanks to the newly developed lighting elements, we were stylistically free in the front and rear sections to pay respectful homage to the EB110 while at the same time transposing this appealing visual reminiscence into modern technology," said Anscheidt. "We incorporated the wedge-shaped design in the development process but we took it in a new direction."
For example, Bugatti opted not to fully copy the classic Italian wedge design theme, in which the muscle runs from the rear to the front wheel. Instead, the C-line located on the Centodieci's B pillar offers an exciting new look. Five round air inserts positioned in the form of a diamond help the 16-cylinder engine breathe easier.
Compared to the EB110, the Centodieci incorporates a wide air outlet opening for more efficient engine thermals. According to Bugatti, it took several months to develop solutions to ensure a balanced temperature. As in the EB110, the engine is showcased under a transparent glass surface. The rear also incorporates eight rear light elements, quad exhaust tailpipes positioned on top of each other in a black matt anodized finish, and a performance diffuser to improve downforce. The rear wing also resembles the wing found on the original EB110 SS. but the angle is mechanically adjustable to increase downforce, which is further enhanced by the aerodynamic tailgate and a laminar flow-optimized rear window.
Whereas the EB110 SS was powered by a 3.5-liter, quad-turbo V12 that produced 610 horsepower, the Centodieci features Bugatti's iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine developing 1,600 hp at 7,000 rpm - that's 100 more horses than the Chiron. This setup enables the Centodieci to sprint from 0-62 mph in 2.4 seconds, to 124 mph in 6.1 seconds and to 186 mph in 13.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 236 mph.
Compared to the Chiron, the Centodieci is 44 pounds lighter. Among the new weight-saving components include a lightweight windscreen wiper and stabilizers made of carbon, as well as filigree exterior mirrors. This enables a sensational power-to-weight ratio of just 2.4 pounds per horsepower. With over 198 pounds of downforce, the Centodieci offers a level of lateral acceleration similar to the Divo.
In stark contrast to the black La Voiture Noire, Bugatti has only shown off the Centodieci in white so far , but customers can have their Centodieci painted in any Bugatti color. Production of the Bugatti Centodieci is limited to just ten examples costing eight million euros ($8.94 million) each, with deliveries starting in two years.
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