The 2020 Bugatti Centodieci channels the EB110, but with a $9 million price tag

Bugatti Centodieci front shot
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The 2020 Bugatti Centodieci channels the EB110, but with a $9 million price tag. Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann said, “With the Centodieci, we pay homage to the EB110, which is very much a part of our tradition-steeped history. With the EB110, Bugatti catapulted itself to the top of the automotive world once again.”

The carbon-fiber Centodieci is all-wheel-drive and has a mid-mounted turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 producing 1,578 hp. This is an increase of almost 100 hp over the Chiron just by improving the cooling of the engine’s oil system. Not only faster, but 44 pounds lighter than the Chiron by means of carbon-fiber and a lightweight windshield. Bugatti claims the Centodieci can run 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.4 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 6.1 seconds, and 0 to 186 mph in 13.1 seconds. The Centodieci has a top speed of 236 mph. 

Bugatti is building only 10 of the $9 million Centodieci’s, and yes they are all sold. The supercar is built on style, not substance as the main selling point. Compared to the Chiron, every panel on the Centodieci is different. It’s 0.4 inch wider, 0.4 inch lower, and 0.6 inch more tumblehome in the side glass making it similar to the Chiron, yet still very much it’s own style.

Bugatti Centodieci top view
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Achim Anscheidt made the statement, “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 the late 1980s. Transporting this classic look into the new millennium without copying it was technically complex, to say the least.” The “cheese grater” venting at the B-pillar is a shout out to the EB110SS. Bugatti used the iconic horseshoe grille, yet smaller than the EB110, which integrates nicely into the design. The NACA ducts on the top surface of the rear fenders on the EB110 are now placed on the roof of the Centodieci. The NACA ducts that direct cooling air into an engine bay are now covered in glass. The Bugatti Centodieci is a very contemporary design. 

The original EB110 was unveiled on September 15, 1991. The Centodieci, which literally means 110 in Italian, celebrates the 110th anniversary of the company he founded in Molsheim, France, in 1909.

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