The Bugatti EB 112 is a super sedan from the 90s
We know Bugatti as the makers of the fastest cars in the world. The automaker has had a very difficult history, and the phase before VW’s acquisition is still filled with mystery and accusations. Let’s put that aside for now and reflect on why Bugatti was never able to make a luxury 4-door missile.
They have made several attempts to woo target audiences, whether with the 1999 Concept EB 218 or the 2009 Concept Galibier 16C. But there was one sedan in particular that nearly hit production (well, sort of). The Bugatti EB 112 was created to be a worthy stable mate of the EB 110 before the VW era for Bugatti.
It was a quirk at the time, with a naturally aspirated V12 and four comfortable seats. The styling was awkward for the time, but was a nice throwback to the iconic Bugatti cars of the early 1900s. Unlike other 4-door Bugatti concepts that did not reach production, the EB 112 was a super sedan. everyday practice that was handed out to clients.
The Bugatti EB 112 with a promising 0-62 MPH V12 in 4.4 seconds and salon-like second row seats was the idea of a super sedan 20 years ago.
Only three Bugatti EB 112s were made
We know that the Bugatti EB 110 is a very rare car. But the chances of hearing about his stable mate (sort of), the EB 112 are even rarer. Before Bugatti was acquired by the Volkswagen Group, it was briefly owned by an ambitious Italian businessman – Romano Artioli. This guy was responsible for the state-of-the-art 1991 EB 110.
But he also wanted to give the world a more comfortable 4-door super sedan. EB 112 planned to make this dream come true, but only one was built before the company went bankrupt. The assets, including 2 unfinished EB 112 chassis, were auctioned and bought by Monegasque businessman Goldo Pallanco Pastor. These two were eventually completed by the Monaco Racing Team.
Of the 3 copies, the first is finished in red (S / N 39001) which would belong to the famous designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. The second, finished in black (S / N 39002) is the most commonly seen of the three, was Gildo Pallanca Pastor’s personal car. The third finished in a dark blue tint (S / N 39003) is the rarest of the lot and is believed to belong to a Russian car collector.
This super sedan features a 6.0-liter 445hp NA V12
The Bugatti EB 112 was to be the stable mate of the EB 110, but the similarities between them were very rare. While the EB 110 packs a quad-turbo V12, the super sedan had a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 that’s easier to drive on a daily basis. With 455 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, the EB 112 was meant to get you going really fast. It was supposed to do 0-62 MPH in 4.4 seconds and have a top speed of 186 MPH.
Those were outrageous numbers for a ’90s sedan. Plus, with standard all-wheel drive and even optional 4-wheel-drive steering, the EB 112 was just as avant-garde as its supersport companion. Even crazy was the fact that it came with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Luck would have been the person who got the job of driver!
Packaged the same carbon fiber chassis from Bugatti EB 110
Among the small similarities to the EB 110, this super sedan was supported by the same carbon fiber chassis. The proportions of the sedan were achieved with an extension and an all-aluminum bodywork for the chassis. It was an engineering marvel for the auto industry at the time.
The engine was mounted behind the front wheel, which essentially made it a mid-engined super sedan. 4-wheel steering, low center of gravity and a sporty suspension setup indicated that this luxury sedan was much more than a lousy trailer!
We now know where the Porsche Panamera was inspired from
Look at the Bugatti EB 112 from the side. Doesn’t it look a lot like the Porsche Panamera ?! Well, there is no concrete evidence, but we suspect that the designers at Porsche could have taken inspiration from the design of this unicorn. The bulbous form factor, chunky lines, rounded fascia, and sudden but smooth roofline made the EB 112 a daring egg.
The iconic chrome horseshoe grille up front has always been a symbolic representation of Bugatti throughout history. The sloping portion including the split windshield is an ode to the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. This coupe-style full-size sedan was one of the first cars to adopt the fastback designs we have today.
A Bugatti with four full-size seats and refined luxury
The most shocking aspect of this car would be its four full-size seats. It was the first time in Bugatti’s history to try out the 4-door, 4-seater course. The interior was high on luxury and was wrapped in leather and other niceties.
The dashboard featured many curved elements to complement its exterior design. The only EB 112 we have interior images of has all-black upholstery with stainless steel inlays on the dashboard. The second row was very comfortable and even had a central screen with remote control.
One of the three Bugatti EB 112s is for sale
The second copy produced by the Monaco Racing Team is currently in play! This black EB 112 was delivered to the Swiss Bugatti importer Chevalley in February 2000. It is registered in Geneva and has been with the same owner ever since.
It has a mileage of just 2,423 miles and can be mesmerized on Schaltkulisse.de. There’s no mention of the price, but we’d expect it to be worth almost $ 4 million! Indeed, the EB 112 owned by Pastor sold for 1.9 million euros (~ $ 2.15 million) at an auction in 2016.
Sources: Schaltkulisse.de, Supercars.net, Hagerty.com, Classicdriver.com, Carstyling.ru, Secret-classics.com
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