Bugatti announced features of the new hypercar

Darnell Taylor
August 20, 2019

More than just a design flourish, however, those air inserts feed vast amounts of air to the hungry W16 engine underneath.

The Centodieci is not the first Chiron-based special-edition model, with the track-focused Divo revealed in August previous year, and the one-off La Voiture Noire that managed to fetch a hefty pricetag of €16.7m ($A27.32m).

But it's not the fastest Bugatti in a straight line, with the top speed having been limited to 380km/h, which is down from the Chiron's 420km/h top end, but since when are you going to find a road to do that kind of speed anyway? Despite the company's demise-until resurrected by the Volkswagen Group roughly three years later-the EB110 put the industry on notice, and its innovation and influence took center stage once again in the vehicle presented today. "We are proud of our long Bugatti history, of which the EB110 is very much a part", mentioned Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti's CEO, in a released statement. Just 10 units will be built, with the price starting at £7.4 million (around Rs 64 crore) before tax.

You can be certain that a part of those who complained about the design of this EB110 tribute aren't familiar with the complete tale behind the vehicle and simply show a negative reaction to something that doesn't fall withing the usual lines. That claim of dominance was renewed this morning with the debut of the Bugatti Centodieci during the Quail, A Motorsports Gathering at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, Calif.

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"The challenge was not to allow oneself to be captivated too much by the design of the historic vehicle and work exclusively in retrospect, but instead to create a modern interpretation of the shape and technology of that time". Bucking the trend of oversized radiator grilles, the Centodieci makes do with a smaller and less pronounced horseshoe grille, more reminiscent of the nose of the classic EB110.

Compared with the Chiron, Bugatti says the Centodieci saves 20 kg of unladen weight, thanks to items such as a lightweight windscreen wiper and stabilisers made of carbon. This helps the Centodieci to have an unbelievable power-to-weight ratio of 1.13 kilograms per horsepower. While not a commercial success, with just 118 examples made before Bugatti went bankrupt in 1995, it did signpost the future direction of the firm after it was bought by the Volkswagen Group in 1998. The Centodieci's rear wing also reflects that of its predecessor but can be adjusted.

The post Check out the Centodieci, Bugatti's Most Powerful Creation Yet appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. I'm planning on spending some quality time examining the auto, as well as speaking with the designers and engineers responsible for the Centodieci at Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach this week, so stay tuned for more details and a video walkthrough.

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