What Makes The New $8.8 Million Bugatti Centodieci So Retro?

Bugatti has never kept it simple. Owned by an Italian with German and French roots, culture is written into the very metals of the cars. But the recently unveiled Centodieci takes its identity to another level, as a testament to both the past and the future.

The Centodieci is, first and foremost, a beloved homage to the Bugatti EB110 of the 90’s. This car was named after Bugatti’s founder, Ettore Bugatti, when it was released in 1990 on his 110th birthday. And the name Centodieci is Italian for the number 110.

What Makes The New $8.8 Million Bugatti Centodieci So Retro?

So…it’s no coincidence that the Centodieci looks so much like the EB 110. Outside, both cars share flagrantly spoked wheels, a tiny horseshoe vent in the front, and air vents that look like a cheese grater. But of course, they’re so much more. This model’s air vents, unlike the old EB 110, are there to cool down an almighty electric engine. This hypercar features an 8.0-litre W16 engine boasting 1600hp. Yes, you read that right.

But how fast does it go, you ask?

Hold your horses – literally. The Centodieci is not just fast – it reaches speeds that aren’t legal almost anywhere. It goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds; 200 km/h in 6.1 seconds; and 300 km/h in 13.1 seconds. The cutoff is 380 km/h, which you and everyone you know have probably never driven in your life.

What Makes The New $8.8 Million Bugatti Centodieci So Retro?

Plus, these air vents may look like a cheese grater but Bugatti himself designed them after the shape of a diamond. And that 16-cylinder engine certainly appreciates them.

But alas, this model will only be a small series – just ten will be made in total. Not that any of us could afford it anyway! Each one will be 8 million Euros (or $8,859,744 US dollars). And it’s not even Bugatti’s most expensive car…that would be the $12 million La Voiture Noir, which came out earlier this year.