| Concept car|
| 2-door coupé|
| Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.|
Giorgetto Giugiaro (ItalDesign)
The Bugatti EB 118 is the first concept vehicle made by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.. The 2-door coupé was presented at the 1998 Paris Motor Show. Bugatti commissioned the design of the EB 118 from Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign. The EB 118 is powered by a W-18 engine and has permanent four wheel drive.
Bugatti EB 118 Wikipedia
The design of the car is intended to echo the 1931 Bugatti Type 50 and the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. The EB 118 features a longitudinal rib that echoes the Atlantic's longitudinal body seam.
Bugatti debuted the EB 118 at the 1998 Paris Auto Show. After its Paris debut, Bugatti again displayed the EB 218 concept at the Geneva Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show in 1999. The car itself was already production ready, but Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. decided that they wanted to focus on a supercar based on the 1999 18/3 Chiron concept, meaning that the EB 118 stayed a concept car and never made it into production. At least two are known to exist, a dark brown one (pictured) and a blue one.
Power comes from a Volkswagen-designed, 555 hp (414 kW) and 479 lb·ft (649 N·m) W18 engine. The EB 118 W18 engine is composed of three banks of six cylinders with a sixty degree offset between each cylinder bank. In contrast, the W16 engine in Bugatti's first production car, the 2005 Veyron EB 16.4, features four banks of 4 cylinders in Volkswagen double VR (narrow vee) configuration. and 4 turbochargers, hence the "16.4" name of the engine. The EB 118 features permanent four wheel drive taken from the Lamborghini Diablo VT.
This same powertrain would be used later in both the 1999 EB 218 and 1999 18/3 Chiron concepts.