• Did You Know That the Bugatti Centodieci Is Actually an Electric Supercar?

Well, only occasionally, as you’re about to find out

The Bugatti Centodieci is one of the craziest hypercars to debut in recent times, and the fact that Bugatti is using it as a nod back to the EB110 supercar makes it even more enticing. Only ten units are to be built, and even though the spec sheet looks absolutely otherworldly, those numbers count for nothing when the hypercar has to be packed and trailered back to Molsheim after a public appearance.

Wait, what? How can the Centodieci be both electric and powered by an internal combustion engine?

Well, there’s a catch. Indeed, the Centodieci packs Bugatti’s 8.0-liter W-16 mammoth of an engine. The powerhouse makes 1,176 kilowatts (1,577 horsepower) at 7,000 rpm, enough to blast the Centodieci to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) from a standstill in 2.4 seconds. 0 to 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles per hour) happens in 6.1 seconds, while 0 to 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour) takes just 13.1 seconds. Terminal velocity is electronically limited at 380 kilometers per hour (236 miles per hour). But that’s not the point here. The Centodieci is also designed to move slowly. Like really, really slow. In complete silence, too.

Bugatti Centodieci performance numbers
0-62 mph 2.4 seconds
0-124 mph 6.1 seconds
0-186 mph 13.1 seconds
Top speed 237 mph

You see, Bugatti wasn’t planning on just launching the Centodieci and then move straight to delivering the ten vehicles to their respective lucky owners.

As it’s customary in the industry, the hypercar was displayed at a handful of venues, including the Zoute Grand Prix Concours d’Elegance in Belgium, where the $9 million Centodieci was caught on camera in the backstage, where its W-16 counts for nothing.

As you’ll see in the video, a team of technicians is working hard to take the car off the stand it was displayed on. It sounds like an easy task, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not, as the video will reveal.

Did You Know That the Bugatti Centodieci Is Actually an Electric Supercar?
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Now, upon seeing the clip, you’ll probably be wondering how come there’s no engine sound since the car is obviously being moved around. Well, the Centodieci is obviously not a hybrid, so it can’t be running in some sort of pure-EV mode.

What’s more, it’s definitely not an electric car, so our best guess is that this being a show car (thus closer to a concept than a road-going vehicle per se), Bugatti didn’t actually install the mighty W-16 and instead opted for some sort of electrical setup that puts out enough power to allow the Centodieci prototype to be moved around, on and off a ramp, but nothing more than that.

What’s more, the hypercar seems to feature some sort of adaptive suspension setup that lifts it when needed, thus protecting the low-slung bumpers from scratches and whatnot.


We must also note that seeing the car on video makes it grow on us even more. Sure, our jaws were nicely resting on the keyboard when the first official press photos of the Centodieci came out, but its lines and shapes are even more expressive when shot on camera from up close. Oh, and funny thing: whatever setup is powering the show car isn’t enough to move the windshield wipers, apparently, as there’s someone constantly removing the raindrops off the driver’s side glass with a piece of cloth. Talk about high maintenance, right?

Did You Know That the Bugatti Centodieci Is Actually an Electric Supercar?
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Bugatti Chiron Performance Specs
Bugatti Centodieci Bugatti Chiron Bugatti Divo Bugatti La Voiture Noire
Engine 8.0-liter W-16 8.0-liter W-16 8.0-liter W-16 8.0-liter W-16
Horsepower 1,600 @ 7,000 RPM 1,479 Horsepower 1,479 Horsepower 1,479 Horsepower
Torque 1180 lb-ft (est) 1180 lb-ft 1180 lb-ft 1180 lb-ft
Transmission Seven-Speed DCT Seven-Speed DCT Seven-Speed DCT Seven-Speed DCT
0-62 MPH 2.4 Seconds 2.5 Seconds 2.3 Seconds 2.4 Seconds
0-124 MPH 6.1 Seconds 6.4 Seconds 6.5 Seconds 6.4 Seconds
0-186 mph 13.1 Seconds 13.6 Seconds 13.4 Seconds (est) 13.6 Seconds
Top Speed 236 MPH 261 MPH 236 MPH 260 MPH
Weight 4356 pounds 4,400 pounds 4,323 pounds 4,300 pounds
Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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