When the EB110 was released in the 1990’s, it was a hit. After many years of no car, the EB110 was the beginning of a new era of Bugatti. the EB100 was built to celebrate Ettore Bugatti’s 110th birthday. And now it’s the company’s 110th anniversary, which obviously calls for a new homage car. So Bugatti brought us this, the Centodieci, which oddly translates to 110, but not in French but in Italian. Whatever Bugatti, it’s got 1,600 horsepower so we could car less what the name means. But moving past that, just look at it. It looks like a concept drawing of the EB110 made today, because it was. The tiny horseshoe grill, and all the other openings in the body.
Instead of a V12 powering the Centodieci, we have the quad-turbo W16 in all other new Bugatti’s. 6.0 happens in 2.4 seconds and I can’t mention this enough, 1,600 horsepower. Yes, we know the electric hypercars are making more power than this but it doesn’t matter. It’s 44 pounds lighter than the Chiron but is limited to only 236 mph. There’ll be only 10, all sold out for $8.94 million.
So, no car is perfect and every one has problems in developement. So what was the challenge with this car? Making an old design new says Achim Anscheidt, head designer at Bugatti. Keeping the iconic wedge shape but not copying it. Another challenge, the headlights. They were tough to modernize and still pay respect.