The Bugatti Centodieci brings back the wedge

Team OD Updated: August 27, 2019, 09:36 AM IST

The Bugatti EB 110 from 1991 a car that time was not kind to. It had everything a Bugatti stands for, period-correct edgy styling by the legendary Marcello Gandini, carbon fibre construction, a 3.5-litre quad-turbo and all-wheel drive. What it didn't have was an answer to the failing economic climate that soon followed its debut.

The Centodieci corrects this. The name means 110 in Italian, a direct link to the EB 110's Italian origins under Romano Artioli. The car itself is the latest limited-run project by Bugatti after the Divo. This too is limited to 10 units and is based on Chiron's running gear.

The Centodieci is even more focused than the Divo and Chiron but the biggest highlight here is a modern interpretation of the EB 110's wedge-shaped, two-dimensional design aesthetic. Every element of the Centodieci like the more intricately detailed C-element on the sides with the five-round air inserts, the smaller Bugatti horseshoe and the slim LED headlamps are meant to hark-back to the EB 110. This continues with the arrangement of the taillamps and the fixed rear wing.

All these design changes are functional and offer 90 kgs of additional downforce over the Chiron. The Centodieci is 20 kgs lighter too. Power from the 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 has been upped by 100PS to 1,600PS, letting the Bugatti get from 0 to 100 kmph in 2.4s. Top-speed is limited to 380 kmph.

A tribute to blow all tributes out of the water then.


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