This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance featured Bugatti’s latest in a line of tribute cars, this time paying homage to the EB110 with the Centodieci. The car marks 110 years of the brand exceeded design and performance expectations. It also demonstrates why it has a USD$10 million price tag.
The Centodieci does its best to evoke the legacy of the EB110, starting with the front grille. The signature horseshoe is there, just like with all the other modern Bugattis. On each side of the horseshoe is a set of horizontal grille openings that are a clear nod to the fascia of the EB110. If you don’t look closely, you might miss the thin line of LED lights that serve as the car’s headlights.
The profile for the Centodieci is largely dictated by the positioning of vents and ducts needed to provide air to the mid-engine powertrain. Behind the windows are a set of vents that have been compared to a cheese grater, which is another reference to the EB110. Fans of the EB110 will also recognise the character line that runs across the doors.
The blacked-out A-pillars give the Centodieci more of a menacing visor look.
In the rear, the rear spoiler is fixed, much like the EB110, and sits above a wide light element. Behind and below the lights are mesh elements that no doubt contribute to airflow. Below that area pair of double-barrel stacked tailpipes. Bugatti also added a glass panel to cover the engine—you can still see it, but it’s not left to the open air like other Bugattis are.
Speaking of the engine, the Centodieci has an upgraded 8.0-litre W16 that is capable of 1,577 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. That means the Centodieci can go from 0 to 60 in just 2.4 seconds and has a top speed of 236 miles per hour. All that power gets channelled through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Centodieci will be limited to just 10 units, and will be priced at USD$10 million—compare that with the USD$3 million for the Chiron and the USD$6.5 million for the Divo, the Centodieci is one of the company’s more expensive cars.