Bugatti finds 90s inspiration with striking Centodieci

Bugatti reveals radical R136m Centodieci hypercar with 1176kW

Bugatti reveals radical R136m Centodieci hypercar with 1176kW

As well as drawing inspiration from the EB110, the Centodieci (Italian for 110) has also been made to celebrate the company's 110th anniversary. Despite the company's demise-until resurrected by the Volkswagen Group roughly three years later-the EB110 put the industry on notice, and its innovation and influence took center stage once again in the auto presented today.

Bugatti recently revealed they are releasing a powerful supercar that is worth $10 million.

The body of the Centodieci is created to be reminiscent of the low, wide stance and wedge-like shape of the EB110. With the backing of one of the world's largest automakers, Bugatti now makes fast cars for the extremely wealthy, much as it did in the first decades of the 20th century. It looks serious and quite playful, although it can undoubtedly bite your hand if you're not careful.

While the EB110 features squared-off headlights, the Centodieci features thin, narrow headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights that sit beside an aerodynamic line that runs through to the engine's air intakes on the car's flanks.

Towards the rear fender are five round air inserts set in the shape of a diamond.

Bugatti has unveiled a new hypercar, the Bugatti Centodieci, the vehicle is based on the Chiron and it comes with 1,577 horsepower, the Chiron has 1,478. The Centodieci, which weighs 44 pounds less than the Chiron and has a power-to-weight ratio of 2.86 pounds per hp, crushes zero to 62 mph in 2.4 seconds and runs with 100 more horses than both the Chiron and Divo.

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Should such a showdown take place, each driver could take comfort in the knowledge that the performance merits of the two cars are nearly the same.

Bugatti claims the Centodieci is 20kg lighter than the Chiron, which has been achieved by using a lightweight windscreen and carbon-fibre stabilisers. And, with a sleek body producing over 198 pounds of downforce, it produces the same level of lateral acceleration as the hyper Divo.

In short, the Centodieci is a racer fantasy come to life, and it won't even cost you a billion dollars.

The car's white color is also no coincidence.

Or, as Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann puts it: "It's not just the top speed that makes a hyper sports auto". I'm planning on spending some quality time examining the vehicle, as well as speaking with the designers and engineers responsible for the Centodieci at Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach this week, so stay tuned for more details and a video walkthrough.

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