(from Volkwagen Group Press Release,
August 2000) With the Bugatti EB 218, the Volkswagen Group is
presenting a new and fascinating vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show 1999 -
a vehicle which will set new technical and aesthetic standards. The EB
218 follows on from the design and technical standards of the EB 118
study, which was shown at the Paris Motor Show 1998. The EB118 was
produced by Giorgetto Giugiaro / ItalDesign under contract from
Volkswagen and has been further developed to make this unmistakable four
The past is the basis for the EB 218. It has the style of a modern car,
but the form recalls important design elements of classic Bugatti
models, whilst retaining its own character. The result is a uniquely
aesthetic body shape with well-balanced proportions. Its characteristics
are power and elegance.
The model name Bugatti EB 218 refers to the 18-cylinder engine, the
first of its kind to be used in a passenger vehicle. This engine, which
was developed at Volkswagen, has three rows of six-cylinder banks which
are joined in the shape of a "W". With a displacement of 6.3 litres, the
direct injection engine has an output of 408 kW / 555 bhp and a maximum
torque of 650 Newton metres (Nm).
Aluminium space-frame technology has been used for the production of the
body. The exterior aluminium cladding is finished in pearlescent "Blu
The harmonious lines of the body are continued in the comfortable and
elegant interior. The instruments are oval in shape and the instrument
panel is framed in the finest leather.
The interior is further enhanced through the use of light walnut. The
special silk-finish leather is in "biscuit" colour.
Permanent four-wheel drive and an aluminum multi-link suspension lend
the Bugatti EB 218 impressive driving dynamics and excellent traction.
The powerful and sporty appearance of the vehicle is underlined by the
wide track and the long wheelbase with short body overhang. The Bugatti
design can also be seen in the harmonious wheels made from shining
magnesium. The Bugatti emblem EB is on the central lock. The vehicle is
fitted with eye-catching 285/50 R 18 tyres.