Bugatti reveals 1,578bhp Centodieci in tribute to iconic EB110

Bugatti reveals radical R136m Centodieci hypercar with 1176kW

Bugatti debuted its most powerful supercar at Pebble Beach on Friday: a $10 million, 1,600 horsepower throwback to the '90s that sprints from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 2.4 seconds.

If you thought the Chiron was rare and expensive enough already, the Centodieci - the name is Italian for one hundred and 10 - sets a new benchmark for exclusivity.

Introduced in 1991, the EB110 was the first vehicle launched by Bugatti, following its revival by Italian businessman Romano Artioli.

To be expected, most all of the changes to form function to control and cool an 8.0-liter W-16 engine-displayed under glass-packed with 1,600 hp, as opposed to the EB110's 3.5-liter V-12 with 603 hp (in the most souped-up version).

According to Bugatti, the Centodieci, which also happens to weigh 20kg less than its sibling, will shunt from 0-100km/h in just 2.4 seconds, with 200km/h coming up in 6.1 secs and 300km/h in just 13.1 - which is quicker than some entry level hatchbacks can get to 100km/h. The top speed is electronically limited to 380 km/h, versus the Chiron's 420-km/h threshold.

The Centodieci also has a permanently raised rear wing, unlike the Chiron's wing, which can be lowered so that it lays against the car's body.

The Centodieci's styling reflects a modern interpretation of the EB110, with Bugatti head designer Achim Anscheidt saying there were a number of difficulties in designing such a vehicle.

The filigree exterior mirrors and windshield wiper are made of carbon fiber, for example.

Bugatti claims the new model is "even sportier and more extreme" than the Chiron and Divo.

The Centodieci's design echoes the EB110′s with familiar styling cues like the five circular air intakes toward the back of the auto.

"The challenge was not to allow oneself to be captivated too much by the design of the historic vehicle and work exclusively in retrospect, but instead to create a modern interpretation of the shape and technology of that time", said Achim Anscheidt, head designer at Bugatti.

At the rear, the EB110's oval-shaped tail-lights have been replaced by an LED strip motif that evokes the design of the original, with rounded edges and LED strips across the centre, mirroring the EB110's rear air outlets. Just 10 are being made available at a cost of nearly £9 million each, including the tax. The 10 models will be delivered in two years, the automaker said.

Or, as Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann puts it: "It's not just the top speed that makes a hyper sports auto".

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