Bugatti Centodieci: the $9.6 million hypercar begins to take shape

The latest offering from the Volkswagen-owned manufacturer is coming together, bit by bit

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It might look a tangled mass of metal at the moment, but these are the latest images of a car that will make the cost of a couple of apartments in some of the world’s pricier capital cities look positively affordable.

It’s the Bugatti Centodieci, the pictures above showing one of only 10 being made, and each one was initially put on sale for €8 million ($9.6 million).

Even if your pockets are deep enough, though, you’ll be out of luck if your name isn’t already on the company’s order books as they have all already been sold.

The new model's name is a tribute to the EB 110, a quad-turbo V12 supercar that Bugatti created in the early 1990s. That, too, was a limited-edition, but rather more customers got a chance to get behind the wheel as 139 rolled off the production lines.

This EB 110 was a key milestone on the road to the revival of the Bugatti brand in 1998 (the year Volkswagen bought the company), resulting in what many claim was the world’s first hypercar, the Veyron.

When finished, each Centodieci will generate a frankly startling 1,578 brake horsepower from an 8-litre V12 engine. They will also, if the stats are to be believed, be able to reach 407 kilometres per hour, should someone be brave enough to put their foot to the floor for long enough.

The Centodieci was first unveiled to a suitably impressed audience at the 2019 Concours d’Elegance, a US motor show at Pebble Beach in California.

Those who got their orders in early will receive their cars in 2022.