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Bugatti - 1999 Bugatti EB 218 Concept





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1999 Bugatti EB 218 Concept
1999 Bugatti EB 218 Concept picture
Specifications
Engine Type 6.3-liter DOHC 72-valve W18
Displacement cu in (cc) 382 cu in (6261.00 cc)
Power bhp (kW)  at RPM 547 hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM 479 lbs.-ft @ 4000 rpm
Redline at RPM n.a.
Brakes ABS, vented disc
Tires 285/50 R 18
Length 210.601 in (5349.3 mm)
Weight 4800 lbs (2177.3 kg)
Acceleration 0-62 mphs 4.5
Top Speed mph (km/h) 155 mph
Fuel economy EPA (1/100) n.a.
Base Price n.a.
Car Description

The past is the basis for the EB 218. It has the style of a modern car, but the form recalls important design elements of classic Bugatti models, whilst retaining its own character. The result is a uniquely 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 litres, the direct injection engine has an output of 408 kW / 555 bhp and a maximum torque of 650 Newton metres (Nm).

Aluminium space-frame technology has been used for the production of the body. The exterior aluminium 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 in shape and the instrument panel is framed in the finest leather.

The interior is further enhanced through the use of light walnut. The special silk-finish leather is in 'biscuit' colour.

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 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 tyres.

The EB 218 was a four-door saloon, unlike the EB 118 which had been a two-door coupe version. The EB 218 was the second prototype since the Volkswagen acquisition, thus the '2' in 218. The '18' represents the 18-cylinder engine. There are three rows of six-cylinders joined together to form a 'W' shape. The engine is located in the front and powers all four wheels.

The Bugatti EB 218 is a tribute to beauty and luxury. Elegantly designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign, it compliments classic styling while being outfitted with state-of-the-art technology. A spoiler is carefully hidden in the back and springs to life at high speeds to provide stability and down force. The body and chassis are constructed of a space-frame-technology.

The interior instruments are oval in shape and framed in fine leather. A navigation system, when not in use, is hidden beneath a clock. Changing gears is easy and convenient with the buttons for the sequential transmission located on the steering wheel. The EB emblem is embroidered on the electrically adjustable head restraints. The seats provide ample room for their occupants and the foot rests complete the ensemble.

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