Bugatti is turning 110, and for its birthday it’s created a very special hypercar that pays homage to one of the wildest supercars of the 1990s, the quad-turbocharged EB110.
Bugatti is set to start production of its Centodieci special edition after 50,000 hard-earned kilometers (31,000 miles) were put on the prototype vehicle to ensure that it can handle grand touring without a hiccup. Over the course of many months, the “White Prototype” Centodieci endured testing in every possible driving condition, including high-speed runs, handling routes, circuits, highways, and inner-city traffic. 1,200km were put on the vehicle per day, stopping only for technical checks, driver changes, and refueling.
Every aspect of the Centodieci is assessed by expert test drivers who have mastered the vehicle and its functions and are able to perceive even the smallest variance in the steering, braking, acceleration, or suspension.
With such a low production number, it’s unexpected for Bugatti to put the vehicle through such rigorous testing, but it says it’s part of the philosophy of the brand.
“The Centodieci is deliberately driven to its limits in order to guarantee reliable handling at the highest level, even in extreme situations. Even though most cars never enter this range, it is nonetheless tested,” says Carl Heilenkötter, one-off and few-off project manager. “Bugatti is committed to the highest quality standards, durability, and customer satisfaction.”
For the final test, the Centodieci stretched its legs at the Nardo test circuit in Italy. The 12.6-kilometer-long track is the perfect venue to reach the vehicle’s top speed of 380 km/h (236 mph), motivated by an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 producing 1,578 hp.
The Centodieci is the second coach-built model from the brand, the first being the La Voiture Noire (The Black Car). The name comes from the Italian word for 110 to celebrate the brand’s 110-year history, and its looks are inspired by the EB110 of the 1990s, featuring five round air intakes, a small horseshoe grille, and narrow headlights.
Just 10 examples of the Centodieci will be built, at a cost of 8 million euros (around $8.9 million) each. The one-of-few vehicles will be built in the Molsheim Atelier in Alsace, France, with all 10 deliveries to be completed by the end of 2022.