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1999 Bugatti EB 218

With the Bugatti EB 218, the Volkswagen Group is presenting a new and fascinating vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show 1999 to set new technical and aesthetic standards. The EB 218 follows on from the design and technical measures of the EB 118 study, which was shown at the Paris Motor Show 1998. The EB118 was produced by Giorgetto Giugiaro / ItalDesign under contract from Volkswagen and has been further developed to make this unmistakable four-door saloon.


The past is the basis for the EB 218. It has the style of a modern car, but the form recalls essential design elements of classic Bugatti models while retaining its character. The result is a unique aesthetic body shape with well-balanced proportions. Its characteristics are power and elegance.


The model name Bugatti EB 218 refers to the 18-cylinder engine, the first of its kind to be used in a passenger vehicle. This engine, which was developed at Volkswagen, has three rows of six-cylinder banks which are joined in the shape of a "W." With a displacement of 6.3 liters, the direct injection engine has an output of 408 kW / 555 bhp and a maximum torque of 650 Newton-meters (Nm).


Aluminum space-frame technology has been used for the production of the body. The exterior aluminum cladding is finished in pearlescent "Blu Notte Perlato."


The harmonious lines of the body are continued in the comfortable and elegant interior. The instruments are oval, and the instrument panel is framed in the finest leather. The interior is further enhanced through the use of light walnut. The unique silk-finish leather is in a "biscuit" color.


Permanent four-wheel drive and an aluminum multi-link suspension lend the Bugatti EB 218 impressive driving dynamics and excellent traction. The powerful and sporty appearance of the vehicle is underlined by the wide track and the long wheelbase with a short body overhang. The Bugatti design can also be seen in the harmonious wheels made from shining magnesium. The Bugatti emblem EB is on the central lock. The vehicle is fitted with eye-catching 285/50 R 18 tires.


Source: Volkwagen Group Press Release, August 2000; Photo Courtesy of ItalDesign