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  Bugatti EB 112 Concept

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Country of origin:France
Produced in:1993
Numbers built:2
Designed by:Giorgietto Giugiaro for Italdesign-Giugiaro
Source:Company press release
Last updated:March 13, 2008
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Click here to download printer friendly versionA luxury sedan, a courageous design statement that echoes the historic styling cues of a myth of worldwide motoring: the Bugatti.

When asked to design the EB112, the first new Bugatti more than forty years after the brand's last car, Giugiaro was inspired by historic car-makers' need, strongly felt at that time, to recoup the specific values of their culture. The reference models were the historic Bugatti berlinettas of the Twenties and Thirties, in particular the mythical Atlantic and the 2-door Type 55.

In complete compliance with Bugatti's styling tradition, Giugiaro preserved the sporting temperament of this two-box sedan prototype with coupé-like profile, with the typical dimensions of a three-box. The car is 5 meters long although, with its tapered ends and smoothly-rounded volumes, it appears shorter at first sight, an impression further reinforced by its very light, agile and compact styling and very flat, downwards-swooping profile.

The dominant styling cue of the nose is its horseshoe-shaped chrome-trimmed grille, isolated from the headlights, typical of Bugatti historic models and which makes the EB112 instantly recognizable. Three linear motifs lead out from the grille to sweep across the entire vehicle as far as the tail, in particular a central rib that recalls the crest of the Atlantic and divides the rear window and lid of the boot into two.

The bumpers also recall Bugatti's history, in particular when viewed from the side, with a non-integrated underbody structure which projects from the profile of the hood and detaches in the central part between the two lights, simple circular headlights arranged in line.

The steeply-raked windscreen and the angle at which the windscreen pillar fits into the hood are also reminiscent of the Bugatti style of the Type 55. The side glazing and the curve of the rear light and also the shape of the fender which acquires a muscular strength as it swoops down toward the tail are also reminiscent of the Type 55.

The same classic styling is also reflected in the design of the interior, with its leather and briarwood trim and exquisitely-molded shapes that convey a feeling of welcoming warmth and comfort: the four sculpted "bucket" type enveloping seats are lined with leather, a sporting feature also reflected in the dashboard with its round dials and the central console with its array of control levers.

The engine, a 6-liter 12V with 5 valves per cylinder, is located in front central position, within the wheelbase, to promote perfect counter-balancing of rear weights and improved driving stability. The aluminium bodyshell and carbon chassis represented a break-through for this type of vehicle. An authentic Bugatti that is a synthesis of the twofold vocation of this great brand, a top class sporting sedan.

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