Bugatti has revealed an exclusive new model that echoes one if its most forgotten cars. The Centodieci, launched at Pebble Beach, California, harks back to the EB110 of the nineties and celebrates 110 years of the French brand. Centodieci – which literally translates to one hundred and ten – is limited to 10 units with each car costing £9m.
It also uses the Chiron’s 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged W16 engine developing just shy of 1,578bhp, but the car weighs 20kg less. It’s in the styling department where the Centodieci really differs from the Chiron, though.
At the front the Centodieci harks back to the EB110 with a smaller horseshoe grille bookended by large slats, and slim LED headlights, while along the sides the Chiron’s c-shaped hoop is replaced by five circular holes in a diamond pattern.
The Centodieci also references the EB110’s rear-end with its LED light bar, but here there’s a more modern take on aero and especially cooling for the 8.0-litre W16 engine. The adjustable rear wing not only improves downforce but also looks back to the EB110 SS.
The EB110 was built in the mid-nineties when the Bugatti brand was owned Romano Artioli. The McLaren F1 rival was powered by a 550bhp, 3.5-litre quad-turbocharged V12 and was built on a carbonfibre chassis and featured active aerodynamics.
Despite being designed by the famed Lamborghini Muira designer Marcello Gandini, the EB110 was never a real success and the French marque was bought by the Volkswagen Group in 1998.
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