The Bugatti EB112 was introduced to the world of the automobile industry in March 1993 at the Geneva Motor Show. The EB112 left a lasting impression that is still felt today 30 years later thanks to its daring design and ground-breaking features. Despite never venturing into mass production, with an all-aluminum body and a carbon fiber chassis shared with the EB110 sports vehicle, it is remembered as a testament to the brand’s creativity and design expertise.
Due to its unique design, the four-door supercar was first met with mixed reactions. However, it quickly won admirers, and Automobile Magazine even dubbed it “The most beautiful car in the world” upon its introduction. Unfortunately, the car was only ever intended to be a concept after Bugatti Automobili S.p.A. filed for bankruptcy in 1995. But the model paved the way for aesthetic components that today are synonymous with Bugatti’s modern-day design.
Bugatti EB112 30th Anniversary
Entrepreneur Gildo Pallanca Pastor bought several Bugatti assets later in the 1990s, including spare components and three partially finished EB112 liftbacks. Two of these cars were finished in 1998 under the name of the Monaco Racing Team. One was sleekly black on the outside, while the other was anthracite in color. Notably, each of the three vehicles shows minor variations such as different taillight location and aerodynamic improvements.
A naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engine with 460 horsepower (338 kilowatts) and 435 pound-feet (590 Newton-meters) of torque was at the heart of the vehicle. The supercar’s six-speed manual transmission and innovative four-wheel drive system allowed it to go from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in just 4.3 seconds, with a top speed of 202 miles per hour.
The Bugatti EB112 was an innovative automobile with a number of retro aesthetic cues that harkened back to the iconic French brand’s well-known cars from the late 1930s. In many ways, the EB112 was a fantasy automobile and an early example of what we now refer to as high-performance fastback models. According to Giorgetto Giugiaro, the creator of the EB112 idea, “it flawlessly combined design with technological and engineering features that were significantly ahead of their time.”