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Bugatti EB 110 - the ugly duckling of the family

25 September 2019

EB 110 is one of the iconic models of Bugatti. It was manufactured in the period between 1991 and 1995 by Bugatti Automobili S.p.A. The idea of EB 110 was first conceived in 1988 and was immediately put into development. The initial prototype version did not get as much positive feedback as expected, so the EB 110 went under a serious redesign. The result of it is the production version of the sporty Bugatti.

Bugatti EB 110 falls under the sports car classification. The engine implemented is a 3.5 L quad-turbocharged V12, coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. The model has 2 modifications.

Bugatti EB 110 - side view, blue paint
edvvc from London, UK [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

The first one is a GT, produced briefly between 1991 and 1992. It came with a 559 hp under its bonnet. The stylish petrol-driven coupe (2 doors and 2 seats) has combined fuel consumption of 14.3 L per 100 km (16.45 US mpg/19.75 UK mpg). The position of the engine is middle, longitudinal. Its top speed is 340 km/h, while its acceleration from 0 to 100 takes only 3.6 seconds.

The supercar's kerb weight is only 1620 kg (3571.49 lbs.). As a max. weight the specifications point out 1870 kg (4122.64 lbs.). In terms of dimensions, Bugatti EB 110 GT has a length of 4400 mm (173.23 in.), a width of 1940 mm (76.38 in.), the height of 1125 mm (44.29 in.) and a wheelbase of 2550 mm (100.39 in.). The front and back tracks are as follows: 1550 mm (61.02 in.) and 1618 mm(63.7 in.).

Front and rear suspensions are both double wishbone. The drive wheels are 4x4. Both front and rear brakes are ventilated discs.

The second one, S version, was in production between 1992 and 1996. Under the bonnet of this Bugatti, a powerful, 620 hp engine was implemented. The luxurious coupe came again with 2 doors and 2 seats.

Bugatti EB 110 - rear, blue
edvvc from London, UK [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

The estimated combined fuel consumption is 13.5 l/100 km (17.42 US mpg/20.92 UK mpg). Unlike the GT, Bugatti's EB 110 S top speed is 350 km/h (217.48 mph), while its acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes the stunning 3.4 seconds.

The car runs on petrol and has a multi-point injection as a type of fuel system. The kerb and maximum weight is lesser in comparison with the GT - 1418 kg (3126.15 lbs.) and 1720 kg (3791.95 lbs.).

The car's dimensions are the same as the GT's with an exception of the width and the rear track - 1960 mm (77.17 in.) and 1618 mm (63.7 in.).

An interesting fact is that the EB 110's name comes from the abbreviation of Bugatti's founder - Ettore Bugatti (EB). Although the EB 110 supercar went a serious redesign before becoming the icon it is now, it still bears Marcello Gandini's design traits - the iconic scissor doors.