After thousands of road tests, Bugatti finally released the Ultra-Limited Bugatti Centodieci. This car was first launched in 2019, around the time Bugatti was celebrating its 110th anniversary. The Ultra-Limited Bugatti Centodieci is a hypercar whose angular body resembles the Bugatti EB110 model. Its front end sits low while its horseshoe is smaller than its predecessors. Besides the shape, the car pays homage to the Bugatti EB110 in terms of the hood design. It has a black design element at the center of the hood. Furthermore, the car’s headlights are narrow to maintain its refined exterior design. It uses an integrated LED daytime function to ensure optimal visibility. It is great to know what this car offers in terms of aesthetics, but it is time to discuss what this car offers functionality-wise.
The car is powered by a quad-turbocharged 4.0-liter W-16 engine. It generates a horsepower of 1,600, making it one of the most powerful engines ever. According to Auto List, a decent horsepower ranges between 200 and 300, so you now understand the power of its engine. With its high power, you can expect powerful accelerations. For instance, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds. Additionally, its engine has a redline of 7,000 rpm. With such a high redline, you can redline it without worrying about damaging the engine. Even though you can redline it, please do not assume that you should do it frequently. According to Hogantire, habitually redlining the engine can damage it and the wheels.
This car uses a rear-wheel drivetrain. As you may have guessed, the engine only powers the back wheels. Typically, we expect engines to power all four wheels. However, rear-wheel drive is very beneficial. First, it is effective when it comes to acceleration. In rear-wheel drive, the car’s weight shifts to the rear end. Due to the extra weight on the rear wheels, the heavy weight increases the traction of the tires, which then leads to quick accelerations. Another benefit of this drivetrain to this car is that it has better handling. As the rear wheels provide power, the front wheels control steering. Due to the separate functions of the two pairs of wheels, the car will have a firm grip as you cut a corner. This would be challenging in four-wheel drive since all the four wheels are powered, leaving none that focuses on steering. Another reason you can negotiate corners is the weight balance brought about by the power distribution. It is no wonder rear-wheel drive is preferred for drifting, though it is not recommended.
The car uses a 7-automatic speed dual-clutch transmission. Traditionally, cars have always run on a 6-speed transmission. Therefore, having an additional gear may seem unnecessary, but you will understand the benefit of that shortly. First, the more gears a car has, the more it can cut down on gas. That is because, with more gears, you will have overdrive gears that you can use to limit excess fuel consumption. According to Motor Trend, overdrive gears save gas by lowering the engine rpm by over 22%. Unlike a 6-speed transmission, which usually has one overdrive gear, you will have two to use in a 7-speed transmission system. Another benefit of the transmission is that it makes the car run smoothly. You cannot drive with one particular one for long when a car has fewer gears. That means you will be forced to switch between gears frequently. Also, you sometimes get a jumpy feeling as you switch gears. Most people dislike that feeling, so with additional gears in this car, you are assured of smooth transitions between gears.
The car uses Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) to keep the engine running. Direct injection is a method of running the engine without using carburetors. Carburetors are notorious for releasing greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, which are responsible for global warming. In direct injection, you inject fuel directly into the cylinder under high pressure. As a result, the engine will not use much power to transport and combust the fuel. Generally, direction injection lets you use less fuel due to the precise amount of fuel injected into the engine. Due to the precision, the engine quickly gains great power. Direction injection can withstand a harsh combustion environment and operate at high fuel pressures. Due to this fuel system’s efficiency, it is much more expensive than the carburetor system. However, it is a good payoff since you will spend less fuel.
Its curb weight is 4,356 lbs. According to Your Amazing Car, the average curb weight of a car is 3968 lbs., which makes this car heavy. Curb weight is the weight of the car minus passengers and items. Weight is not a factor most people consider, but it is very important. More importantly, we will focus on the benefits of cars with high curb weights, like this car. Cars with high curb weights offer smooth rides. Generally, cars with more weight are fitted with proper suspensions, which absorb the shock from the impact of striking bumps. Even though there are factors that contribute to smoothness like tire composition and wheelbase, curb weight is the most dominant contributor to smooth rides. Additionally, heavier cars are safe in case a collision occurs. For instance, when another car hits a lighter car, it will be thrown off the road. That will not be the case with heavy cars since they will not veer off the road when hit.
There is a lot to love about the Ultra-Limited Bugatti Centodieci, whether in terms of aesthetics or functionality. Finding a car that can deliver on both fronts is quite uncommon. However, the things you can admire most about this car are its efficient fuel economy and high speeds. However, your driving techniques will also help you save fuel besides the car’s components.