Before creating the 1,000 hp, $1.5m Bugatti Veyron, Volkswagen, the parent of Bugatti, spent nearly ten years developing prototypes worthy of the reintroduction of the great Bugatti name.
The 1998 Bugatti EB118 was one such example. Although wrapped in luxo-coupe clothing, this car was a beast, unlike any other car the world had ever seen. Under the hood of the EB118 sat what was then the first 18-cylinder automotive engine in history. The engine was capable of unequaled power and a top speed exceeding 200 mph. Three banks of six cylinders were coupled into a W shape creating 550 BHP. The car had four valves per cylinder (72 total valves) and an all-wheel drive. The interior was luxuriously appointed.
Introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1999, VW had intended to produce the EB118 in limited numbers. Before any production, however, VW needed to complete a factory near the original Bugatti factory in Alsace, France.
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