On a sunny afternoon in Monterey California, French automaker Bugatti chose to unveil its latest and most powerful supercar, the special edition Centodieci. Only 10 units of the Centodieci will be leaving the factory floor and even has a price tag of over eight million Euros (equivalent to MYR37 million) a unit, it has sold out.
The Centodieci, which means the number 110 in Italian, is powered by an 8.0 litre W16 turbocharged petrol engine that produces 1500PS of power and 1,600NM of torque. That, in turn, translates to the Centodieci’s ability to propel from 0 – 100km/h in just 2.4 seconds and accelerates to 200km/h in 6.1 seconds. It has a top speed of 380km/h, that is electronically limited.
It is clear to see that the Centodieci pays homage to the 1990s Bugatti EB110 super sports car in its very flat, wedge-shaped and looks almost two-dimensional from certain angles.
Though one could say that the car’s box-shaped design looks out of place in 2019, the Centrodieci tries to blend the two decades together with the front reminiscent of a modern supercar with a pair of squinted LED headlights that trail off to the wheel arch. But coming around to the back and the Centodieci’s long continuous LED light strip that stretches over the rear bumper unmistakably oozes of that 90’s spirit.
Still, Bugatti does not forgo design over practicality as the prominent fixed-wing provides the necessary downforce to help the car hug the road.
But this latest model isn’t out to be a carbon copy of that classic car, but be a modern interpretation of the car with updated specs. This is very much in line with Bugatti’s strategy of building highly unique, to the point of being one-off vehicles that belong in a car collector’s garage.
Curious onlookers who want a peek at the engine can look into the transparent glass on the back that reveals the mid-mounted 16-cylinder engine.
The 10 Centodieci will be hand-built in Molsheim, France while deliveries of the vehicle are set to start in 2021. Needless to say, customers are not limited to the pure white colour seen in the majority of press images but can choose to paint the car in any colour of their choice.