Bugatti stole the show during the Quail event being held during Monterey Car Week in the lead up to the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach.
The car unveiled by the French automaker is the Centodieci, a special edition of the Chiron designed as a tribute to the legendary EB110. That model was last made in 1990, and at that time it had marked the return of the nameplate after a 40-year hiatus.
With the Centodieci, which is Italian for 110, the company is paying homage not only to the model’s previous incarnation, but also to company founder Ettore Bugatti, born… 110 years ago.
Rather than conceive an entirely new vehicle, the Bugatti engineers used the Chiron as the basis for creating a modern interpretation of the EB110.
“The challenge was not to allow oneself to be captivated too much by the design of the historic vehicle and work solely in retrospect, but instead to create a modern interpretation of the shape and technology of that time.”
- Achim Anscheidt, Head Designer at Bugatti
Its exterior design is spectacular enough, but the real star of the show is what lurks beneath the outer shell, starting with the raw power available to drivers. The 8.0L W16 engine delivers 1,577 hp at 7,000 RPM, or 97 more than the Chiron, and take the car from 0-200 km/h in 6.1 seconds, and from 0-300 km/h in 13.1 seconds. This last is 3 seconds less than it takes the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 to get to 100 km/h!
Although, the new Bugatti is just slightly more expensive than the Mirage: $8.9 million USD.
In case this price tag doesn’t deter you, know that all 10 of the units planned for production over the next two years are already sold.