After Bugatti flickered and sputtered out of existence in the 1960s and before its current resurgence in the new millennium, it had a bright but brief run in the 1990s with the mighty EB110. Purchased by Romano Artioli an operating out of his home country of Italy, the company’s first and only model would be this world-conquering supercar, although it came in two flavours: the GT and the SS. With a quad-turbocharged engine and four-wheel drive, this was one of the top performers in the world during its era, right up there with the McLaren F1 and Jaguar XJ220.

Some Specs

Like the XJ2220, the EB110’s V12 displaced just 3.5 litres, but with 4 turbochargers attached, it produced a staggering 552 bhp. With a 6-speed manual directing that power to all 4 wheels, performance was breath-taking in the early 90s. Heck, any new supercar producing numbers like this would raise eyebrows even today. The 0 to 60 time stands at around 3.5 seconds, while the top speed is listed at an incredible 213 mph. With all of that technology packed into a car, you would expect the weight to be quite considerable, but with a rare-for-1991 carbon fibre chassis, the EB110 managed a reasonably light 1,620 kg kerb weight.

A Famous Purchase

While those performance figures went a long way toward establishing the EB110 as a legitimate rival to Ferrari and Lamborghini, one notable client contributed possibly even more. In 1994, Michael Schumacher bought his own bright yellow EB110 (the SS model). Surely if the F1 World Champion thought this car was good enough for him, it’s the real deal. With styling that remains attractive to this day, the EB110 is an increasingly desirable collector’s item today, commanding up to 7 figures when they go on sale.

Conclusion

Artioli had future plans to develop a four-door supercar named the EB112, but his fateful decision to purchase Lotus in 1995 resulted in bankruptcy, so the EB110 was the only model ever produced by his Bugatti Automobili S.p.A. venture. Of course, with Bugatti now being owned by Volkswagen AG, there is plenty of cash to develop models like the Veyron and Chiron. The fact that Artioli was able to create such a handsome, incredibly high-performing car without the backing of one of the largest car companies on the planet is simply incredible.

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