1998 Bugatti EB118

After the purchase of Bugatti by Volkswagen, they began an ambitious program with the EB118. It was a new concept car meant to showcase the world’s first 18 cylinder engine with three rows of 6 cylinders in a W arrangement.

Giorgetto Giugiaro was responsible for the design which he later called his greatest car. With this design he brought back the classic Bugatti shoehorn grill and a sloping rear end reminiscent of the Type 64 with its center crease line.

In Detail

type Concept / Prototype Car
body stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro
coachbuilder Italdesign
engine W18 (18 Cyl)
valvetrain 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement 6250 cc / 381.4 in³
bore 76.5 mm / 3.01 in
stroke 75.6 mm / 2.98 in
compression 11.5:1
power 413.9 kw / 555.0 bhp @ 4800 rpm
specific output 88.8 bhp per litre
torque 650.0 nm / 479.4 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
driven wheels Longitudinal Front Engine / 4WD
wheelbase 3155 mm / 124.2 in
front track 1657 mm / 65.2 in
rear track 1648 mm / 64.9 in
length 5050 mm / 198.8 in
width 1990 mm / 78.3 in
height 1420 mm / 55.9 in
top speed ~320 kph / 198.8 mph