Bugatti pays homage to EB110 supercar with limited Centodieci hypercar

The body of the Centodieci is designed to be reminiscent of the low wide stance and wedge-like shape of the EB110. Handout

Unlike Bugatti's $18.7 million La Voiture Noire, which was built for grand touring, the Centodieci was built for speed. "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", says Anscheidt.

To be expected, most all of the changes to form function to control and cool an 8.0-liter W-16 engine-displayed under glass-packed with 1,600 hp, as opposed to the EB110's 3.5-liter V-12 with 603 hp (in the most souped-up version).

The auto unveiled by the French automaker is the Centodieci, a special edition of the Chiron designed as a tribute to the legendary EB110.

While rumours have been circulating over the past few weeks about what Bugatti will unveil during Monterey Car Week, the company finally put the gossip to rest on Friday by revealing the Centodieci, a special-edition hyper car with styling reminiscent of the 1990s' EB110.

Limited to just ten models, of which all have been accounted for already, the Centodieci carries a sticker price of €8-million (R136 232 036) and will each be offered in a buyer specific colour. Top speed is electronically limited to 380 km/h.

It's about 44 pounds lighter than the Chiron.

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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".

The filigree exterior mirrors and windshield wiper are made of carbon fiber, for example. With the backing of one of the world's largest automakers, Bugatti now makes fast cars for the extremely wealthy, much as it did in the first decades of the 20th century.

As it is inspired by the EB110, the Centodieci's design echoes the former's signature features, including five circular intakes, the wedge-shaped front fascia, and narrow headlamps.

This new vehicle is notable for a number of reasons.

"With the communication paint finish in white, we're demonstrating a powerful contrast with the La Voiture Noire - the black auto just presented in March: two completely opposing yet related forces, like yin and yang", said Winkelmann. It plans to build 10 Centodiecis, which will cost roughly $10 million after taxes.

Bugatti made only one La Voiture Noire, which already has a buyer even though the vehicle won't be ready for at least 2½ years. 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.

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