As evidenced by the recently presented Citroën C5 X and the new Ford Evos which looks set to replace the Mondeo (but only in China for now), many manufacturers are replacing classic sedans with crossovers.

This idea has already been addressed in the past, by Volkswagen for example, which in 1999 introduced the concept D to give a taste of the Phaeton. A few years earlier, more precisely in 1993, Bugatti had also tried the experiment with a concept combining the sports car with the sedan.

A critical moment

Bugatti’s history was somewhat turbulent before its final acquisition by the Volkswagen group in 1998. Before that, in 1987, the brand was partly Italian. Bugatti Automobili SpA was founded by entrepreneur Romano Artioli who had acquired the rights and created the famous EB110.

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It was around this time, given the success of the supercar, that the company considered building another model, a little less extreme, and began to develop a fast sedan shown as a prototype in March 1993 at the Paris Motor Show. the Geneva automobile under the name EB112. Its production was announced for 1995.

The name paid homage to the company’s founder, Ettore Bugatti, whose EB110 celebrated its 110th anniversary in 1991, but the two cars were profoundly different: designed as a 4-door fastback car, the EB112 measured 5.07m in height. long, 1.96 m wide and 1.406 m high, with a shape inspired by the aerodynamic bodies of the 1930s.

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Italian masterpiece

The study is being carried out by the Italdesign firm of Giorgetto Giugiaro (pictured above), which will later create another prototype for Bugatti, the EB218 coupe, and which will receive high praise for this car, defined by Automobile magazine. as “the most beautiful car in the world” in 1993. Compared to the first version, painted in blue, the final version featured aerodynamic updates.

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The engine, derived from the V12 of the EB110 (and less powerful) had a displacement of 6 liters. It developed 456 hp (335 kW) and 649 Nm of torque. It was mounted at the front and combined with an all-wheel drive system. The set allowed the sprinter sedan to 0 to 100 km / h in 4.3 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 300 km / h.

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A concept that died at birth

Unfortunately, in 1995, when production had just started with the first 4 pre-production units, Bugatti went bankrupt. The cars were bought by Gildo Pallanca Pastor, owner of Venturi among others, before Volkswagen arrived, who used them to make 2 complete cars (one painted in black and one in anthracite gray). To date, with the brown prototype, there are only three EB112s in existence.

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However, the desire to have a large, fast sedan remained within Bugatti, which in 2009 presented a concept called 16C Galibier, not far removed from the EB112 in terms of layout, but based on the mechanics of the Veyron. , including the 8-liter W16 engine.