Bugatti’s Centodieci was one of the star attractions at Monterey Car Week, and Carfection’s Henry Catchpole had the opportunity to talk about it with the company’s design director Achim Anscheidt during the event.
The Centodieci has been designed as a homage to the iconic EB 110 Super Sport, and the two men start their chat looking at a bright-yellow example of the latter. Production of the French hypercar was very limited, and none other than Michael Schumacher owned a yellow example just like the one featured in this video.
Perhaps the most obvious design element shared between the EB 110 Super Sport and the Centodieci are the five iconic circular air vents behind the side windows.
There are, however, other parts that connect the two. For example, the EB 110 SS featured an enclosed engine cover. According to Anscheidt, he initially proposed enclosing the engine on the Centodieci in a similar way but was met with fierce opposition from Bugatti who thought doing so would make it impossible to adequately cool the massive quad-turbo W16 engine. Ultimately, with some creative thinking, Bugatti was able to enclose the Centodieci’s engine thanks to the inclusion of eye-catching air intakes and air extractors, making the car immediately stand out from the Chiron.
While the Centodieci has the same basic 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 as the Chiron, it does have more power, delivering a total of 1578 HP, allowing it to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.4 seconds, 124 mph (200 km/h) in 6.1 seconds, and 186 mph (300 km/h) in 7.0 seconds and top out at an electronically limited 236 mph (380 km/h).
Bugatti will only build 10 examples of the Centodieci, each priced at 8.9 million – and, unsurprisingly, all have already been spoken for.