The first extra deluxe Bugatti saloon by Giugiaro: the classic lines of the historical French manufacturer reinterpreted with creative freshness and sinuous movement.
The research that led to the creation of the EB 112 arose out of a close analysis of Bugatti saloons of the past in order to fully appreciate the creative genius behind them and recover the aesthetic and functional starting points required to convey the same expressive force.
The influence of formal retro hints is evident, particularly from models of the 1920s and 1930s, such as the Atlantic, the Tipo 55 2 door and the Tipo 32 Tank and 57 Tank.
Great luxury was also evident inside the passenger compartment, created using leather and walnut but without renouncing high-tech equipment such as a videotape system and small monitor positioned in the dashboard in front of the passenger.
The engine was located in a front mid position, in other words within the wheelbase and not straddling the axle. This achieved the effective balancing of weight that gave the EB 112 its superior stability and handling.
The transmission was permanent four-wheel drive and the aspirated engine was derived from the unit fitted to the EB 110: a 6000 cc V12 with five valve heads.
The result of cutting-edge technology with an aluminium body and carbon chassis never before fitted on a car of this type, the EB 112 set out to be an authentic Bugatti, that encapsulated the dual vocation of the great brand with its association with top-class saloons and sports cars.
A 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 aluminum 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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