Bugatti has just got to be one of the most storied and famous names in automobile history, but until recently it had become a liability more than anything else. Things started looking up in 1987, when Romano Artoli, an entrepreneur, acquired the rights to the Bugatti name. Hiring former Lamborghini designers (responsible for the Countach and the Miura), he started putting together what was rumored to be the most technologically advanced supercar of its day: the 1991 Bugatti EB110. The 1991 Bugatti EB110 was dramatically styled, and offered a combination of power, traction and handling that was almost unheard of.
At the heart of the Bugatti EB110 was its engine: a 3.5-liter V12, with four valves per cylinder – DOHC of course – and enhanced by no less than four – 4 – turbochargers. Combined with full-time four-wheel drive – no wheel spin – the result was just about as subtle as a kick in the crotch: 0-60 acceleration of 4.5 seconds, top speed of 213 miles per hour. An even faster SS version was made, and in this case acceleration was a hair over 3 seconds to 60, which is… fast. Let’s say fast and leave it at that.
Of course, nothing is as profitable as building constantly-evolving supercars! Oh wait. The other way around. Bugatti, and the superb Bugatti EB110 went belly-up in 1995. All told, about 140 cars total we built, including the SS models. It was fun while it lasted!