Bugatti delivered the first of ten examples of the coach-built Centodieci. Immediately following its unveiling during Monterey Car Week in 2019 – 110 years since Ettore Bugatti founded his namesake company – each of the ten planned examples were sold. The Centodieci’s design language pulls direct inspiration from an earlier Bugatti, the EB 110 – a perennial favorite of WMCW staffers.
This first Centodieci is finished in Bugatti Bleu with EB110 Silver wheels and that’s no coincidence. The Centodieci’s design is inspired by the EB110 and the new owner of this Centodieci also owns a Bugatti EB110 finished in the same classic Bugatti Bleu.
The interior of the Centodieci continues to draw its inspiration from the EB 110, featuring the quilted pattern found on the seats, door panels, center console, floor mats and beyond that was first showcased in the EB 110. The interior of the Centodieci however, takes Bugatti’s excellence to a new level with bespoke styling throughout. The care that goes into finishing the interior of a Centodieci is evidenced by how seamlessly the quilted pattern lines up throughout the entire car. It takes about 16 weeks to complete the interior, with one day dedicated solely to examining the seats.
Powered by Bugatti’s 8.0 L W16 engine that produces more than 1,575 horsepower, the Centodieci can go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.4 seconds. Its top speed is 380 km/h. Bugatti’s engineers tested the new car over more than 50,000 km of both streets and tracks to perfect the uniquely Bugatti feeling behind the wheel.
After the unveiling of the Centodieci in 2019 the market has responded with increasingly stronger prices for its precursor, the EB 110. At RM Sotheby’s auction in Amelia Island this year a 1994 Bugatti EB 110 GT prototype sold for a new record of $2.1 million. Earlier in 2022 a 1994 Grey Metallic EB 110 GT sold at another RM Sotheby’s auction in Paris for €1,805,000, at the time setting a world record only to have that record beaten 24 hours later when a blue 1996 Bugatti EB 110 GT sold for €1,817,000 at an auction held by Bonhams.
It’s a virtual certainty that whenever a Bugatti Centodieci becomes available, whether through private sale or at an auction, it will bring a very substantial price.