Is This Bugatti EB110 GTR Better Than the Centodieci?
Hey, Bugatti, why don’t you make a limited-run car out of this?by Tudor Rus, on
When Bugatti brought the Chiron-based Centodieci in Pebble Beach back in 2019, a lot of jaws dropped. Yet as it always happens whenever a new car/special edition breaks out, naysayers were quick to comment that the Centodieci was just another glorified Bugatti with no connection to the original EB110 other than some styling cues.
The thing is, it’s hard not to be subjective when it comes to Bugatti. It’s also pretty hard not to love the brand once you learn its history. But for those who raised their eyebrows at the sight of the Centodieci, here’s a motorsport-y twist on the EB110.
We give you the Bugatti EB110 GTR that never was… or will be
The Bugatti EB110 was special for a bucketload of reasons. For example, it never had a predecessor, so Bugatti literally developed it from a blank sheet of paper. This meant that every component was brand new, including the 3.5-liter V-12 quad-turbocharged engine that cranked out 553 horsepower and 451 pound-feet of torque sent to all four wheels.
A Super Sport model followed suit, based on the same V-12 but tweaked to produce 603 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of twist. 0-100 kph (62 mph) came as quick as 3.3 seconds and top speed was a mind-boggling 351 kph (206 mph) - remember, the year was 1991.
As Petrolicious points out, Bugatti even built a Le-Mans racer based on the EB110 SS as part of partnership with Monégasque businessman Gildo Pallanca Pastor.
The car - nicknamed ‘The American Dream’ - had a new carbon fiber front splitter, polycarbonate side windows, a roll-cage of course, bucket seats, and unique BBS magnesium wheels.
This is where Jonsibal’s Bugatti EB110 GTR picks up the pace. The Le Mans EB110 SS sported a rather subtle are kit, but the make-believe GTR here fixes that with an all-aggressive-everything widebody kit imbued with carbon-fiber splitters, side skirts, bumpers, and an imposing snowboard-sized fixed rear wing.
Happy now, Centodieci naysayers?