Early reports suggested the special edition model could have an output of up to 1,400hp (1,043kW) and a top speed around the 440km/h (273mph) mark but at a preview showing of the car at the Geneva Motor Show Bugatti revealed that the powertrain in the Bleu Centenaire is the same 1,001hp (746kW) unit found in the regular Veyron.
The Bleu Centenaire concept isn’t about extra horsepower, though, with the overall design intended to epitomize the "Art, Form, Technique" motto. There is expected to be extensive weight saving modifications, with Bugatti engineers reportedly having shaved almost 100kg from the standard Veyron’s kerb weight. This is done with the addition of lightweight carbon-fiber and aluminum in replacement of some the standard model’s steel components.
The Bleu Centenaire's quilted 'snowbeige' leather is unique to the model
Inside, the Centenaire gets special 'snowbeige' quilted leather seats, with the same leather used on the center console as well. Otherwise, the car shares all mechanical and performance elements with the standard Veyron. Pricing will start at €1.35 million ($1.70 million), not including taxes and transportation fees.
Founded in 1909, Bugatti has led a storied path through the worlds of automotive industry, motorsport and high-end supercars. Under the Volkswagen Group's ownership it has seen steady success despite its extremely limited-volume output and the latest Centenaire is only likely to build upon this.