First Look: The Bugatti Centodieci
Exceptional design and vast power have been the hallmark features of Bugatti vehicles for around 110 years. The French manufacturer of hyper sports cars now consistently pursues this path further with the new special-edition Centodieci. In addition, Bugatti is echoing its recent history with an exclusive and extraordinary small series.
“With the Centodieci, we pay homage to the EB110 super sports car which was built in the 1990s and is very much a part of our tradition-steeped history,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “With the EB110, Bugatti catapulted itself to the top of the automotive world once again after 1956 with a new model.” It was a crucial interim step for the production facility that was newly founded in Molsheim in 1998, taking Bugatti back to its roots in France, and the first hyper sports car of modern times – the Veyron.
“We are proud of our long Bugatti history, of which the EB110 is very much a part. That’s why we’re celebrating a reinterpretation of this extraordinary vehicle with the Centodieci – Italian for 110,” says Stephan Winkelmann. The EB110 was built in Campogalliano, Italy, but from the very outset it never denied its French influences. Former owner Romano Artioli opened the factory on Ettore Bugatti’s 109th birthday – 15 September 1990. Artioli made a deliberate choice in opting for Campogalliano, a small town in Emilia Romagna. The location had a key advantage in the 1990s: it was in the catchment area of several Italian sports car brands, so Artioli was easily able to recruit experienced employees for his project. Artioli presented the super sports car EB110 to the public on Ettore Bugatti’s 110th birthday – hence the type designation: EB for Ettore Bugatti, 110 for his 110th birthday.
16-cylinder engine now delivers 1,600 hp
Instead of the V12, the Centodieci features the iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine with 1,176 kW/1,600 hp at 7,000 rpm. An additional air inlet in the area of the oil cooler reliably regulates the temperature of the performance-enhanced engine. The Centodieci sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds, to 200 km/h in 6.1 seconds and to 300 km/h in 13.1 seconds; the top speed is electronically cut off at 380 km/h. “It’s not just the top speed that makes a hyper sports car. With the Centodieci, we once again demonstrate that design, quality and performance are just as important,” says Stephan Winkelmann. Compared to the Chiron, the Centodieci saves 20 kilograms of unladen weight. Among other things, a lightweight windscreen wiper and stabilizers made of carbon are used. This enables a sensational power-to-weight ratio of just 1.13 kilograms per horsepower. “The increased power and lower weight further improve performance – for even better acceleration at high speeds. The Centodieci offers our customers an improved power-to-weight ratio and even more dynamic handling,” says Stephan Winkelmann.
New MSO McLaren GT Set For Concours d’Elegance Reveal
McLaren Automotive will debut the new McLaren GT by MSO – featuring personalization options through McLaren Special Operations – on the Concept Car Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, August 18th.
The McLaren GT reimagines the spirit of traditional Grand Touring, offering the engaging drive McLaren is known for, as well as the space, comfort, and usability expected of a GT. The McLaren GT on display on the Concept Car Lawn at the event in California showcases the personalization options available from MSO for the new GT. It features a new exterior paint color, MSO Defined Flux Silver, contrasted by an MSO Bespoke Satin Graphite paint applied to the door skirts, front splitter, wing mirrors, rear bumper & diffuser. Complementing the exterior are MSO Bespoke Satin Graphite Iron Brake Calipers and the MSO Bright Pack, featuring a bright chrome exterior upper window surround, polished titanium exhaust finisher and Gloss Black Diamond Cut wheels.
While most MSO show cars focus on the exterior, MSO’s bespoke creativity truly comes to life in the interior. Most notably, MSO Bespoke Geoform Stitching, inspired by the geometric canopy design of the British Museum, is applied to the seat backs, sun visor, door cards and armrest, elevating the cabin to another level of luxury. Interior materials include Flux White Leather, which contains a subtle, metallic sheen, and a contrasting Satin Graphite Leather, to complement the exterior color. The MSO logo is debossed in the headrests and leather sills, while MSO Bespoke Silver Infused Carbon Fiber is applied to the extended gear shift paddles and the steering wheel clasp. The MSO Electrochromic Roof, Bespoke floormats and MSO Painted Key Back, in Flux Silver to match the exterior body color, round out the specification.
“The McLaren GT defies the rules of a conventional Grand Tourer – it maintains the McLaren DNA of a lightweight and engaging drive, while adding in the space, comfort and usability expected of a GT. We believe that the McLaren GT has class leading elegance and sophistication, and is the perfect car to further personalize, whether it be through an MSO Defined or MSO Bespoke option, or alternatively, a unique, customer inspired design that MSO delivers a stunning interpretation of.”
Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations
Though comfort, space and usability are hallmarks of Grand Touring, no McLaren would be complete without abundant performance. The McLaren GT features a 620PS 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 mated to a 7-speed SSG transmission that delivers linear, seamless and relentless acceleration. The performance statistics speak for themselves: 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 3.2 seconds, while 0-200km/h (0-124mph) is dispatched in 9.0 seconds. One of the most defining elements of the new McLaren GT – and arguably what will cement its position as the new segment leader – is its dynamic prowess. The suspension, steering and brakes are all bespoke to the car and are optimized to provide an outstanding Grand Touring drive experience with inherent balance, responsiveness and precision, and with ride comfort setting new McLaren standards.