Bugatti EB 112

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Bugatti EB 112
Bugatti EB112 sedan 4door.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerBugatti Automobili S.p.A.
Production
  • 1993 (first prototype)
  • 1998 (later examples)[1]
Assembly
  • Modena, Italy (first prototype)
  • Monaco, Western Europe (later examples)
DesignerGiorgetto Giugiaro (Italdesign)
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size luxury car (F)
Body style4-door fastback saloon
LayoutFront-engine all-wheel-drive
Related
Powertrain
Engine6.0 L V12
Transmission6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,100 mm (122.0 in)
Length5,070 mm (199.6 in)
Width1,960 mm (77.2 in)
Height1,405 mm (55.3 in)
Kerb weight1,800 kg (3,968 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorBugatti Type 57
SuccessorBugatti EB 218

The Bugatti EB 112 is the stillborn concept 4-door fastback saloon presented by Bugatti Automobili S.p.A. in 1993. Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign was responsible for designing the car.[2] The EB 112 features a 456 PS (335 kW; 450 hp) V12 engine and permanent four-wheel drive system.

Design[edit]

Bugatti S.p.A commissioned Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign to create a full-size saloon version of the EB 110 sports car. The result was the EB 112, which was a retro-styled four-door fastback saloon reminiscent of older Bugatti models, such as the well-known Type 57 Galiber. The body was made entirely of aluminium, with a carbon-fibre chassis shared with the EB 110.

Debut[edit]

Bugatti debuted the EB 112 in March 1993, at the Geneva Motor Show. It received mixed reviews due to its unconventional design, however, Automobile magazine had named the car "The most beautiful car in the world" when it was introduced.[3]

Production[edit]

Since the Bugatti EB 112 was a concept car and a stillborn project, the development was undertaken in the factory and the show car was completed on the assembly line. When Bugatti Automobili S.p.A went bankrupt in 1995, some assets of the company were purchased by business man Gildo Pallanca Pastor. The assets included spare parts and three unfinished EB 112 saloons. Two of those were completed in 1998 by his firm Monaco Racing Team located in Monaco. One car was finished in Black exterior colour and the other was finished in Anthracite colour.[1][4][5] Each of the three cars are slightly different, as the red car has bumper integrated taillights opposed to having them placed above the rear bumper on the other cars. The blue design study (repainted in the same red as the working prototype)[6] differs from the others because it has more aerodynamic enhancements, such as a subtle front splitter and a rear lip spoiler just below the rear window.

Successors[edit]

The EB 112 had several cars meant to be an evolution of its 4-door design. The first is the EB 218, with a W18 engine and larger dimensions. The second was the 16C Galibier, a concept luxury saloon conceived and developed in 2009.

Powertrain[edit]

Power comes from a Volkswagen-designed V12 engine generating a power output of 456 PS (335 kW; 450 hp) and 479 lb⋅ft (649 N⋅m) of torque. The engine featured 5 valves per cylinder, and has a displacement of 6.0-litres opposed to the EB110's 3.5-litres. The engine is placed behind the front wheels, more towards the center of the car inside of the wheelbase to have a much better weight distribution. The EB 112 features permanent all-wheel drive. The car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds and has a claimed top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph).[3]

Owners[edit]

Gildo Pallanca Pastor's black EB 112

A black EB 112 (s/n 39003), owned by Gildo Pallanca Pastor, the current CEO and owner of the French car company Venturi, was spotted being driven around in Monaco in 2013. The car was auctioned in 2016.[1][7] The first working prototype (red, s/n 39001) is owned by Italdesign while a third car finished in dark Anthracite exterior colour was sold to a Russian individual by Pastor's firm, Monaco Racing Team, which completed the car.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1999 Bugatti EB112". 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  2. ^ Enciclopedia dell'Automobile - Volumi singoli. p. 200. ISBN 9788866147091.
  3. ^ a b Pétrány, Máté (2015-01-01). "Here's The Bugatti EB 112 V12 Sedan That Never Was". Jalopnik. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  4. ^ "EB 112 Prototypes".
  5. ^ "EB 112 Prototypes".
  6. ^ "EB 112 Prototypes".
  7. ^ "Ultra Rare Bugatti EB112 Emerges in Monaco". www.gtspirit.com/. GTspirit. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  8. ^ "EB 112 Prototypes".

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