Celebrating 110 Years of Bugatti: We look at the original hypercar, 3.5-litre quad-turbo V12 – Bugatti’s EB110

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Mention the name Bugatti and most of our readers would immediately think of the greatest modern hypercars such as the staggering 1,001 PS and 1,250 Nm Veyron or the mental 1,500 hp and 1,600 Nm Chiron. But did you also know that the Bugatti name has been kicking around for a whopping 110 years?

Just for comparison sake, Lamborghini has been around for 56 years, Ferrari 72 years, Porsche 88 years. Toyota has been around for 88 years too, while Honda is a little younger at ‘just’ 70 years. Mercedes-Benz has been around for close to a century, at 93 years. There are only two brands that can rival Bugatti’s age; BMW at 103 years and Maserati at 104 years.

Look beyond the latest Chiron and Veyron, and in all its variants, and you’ll glance at the first of Bugatti’s modern revolution of super sport cars: the 3.5-litre quad-turbocharged V12 powered EB110. Produced between 1991 and 1995, the EB110 was offered in several configurations, serving up between 560 hp (EB110 GT) and 610 hp (EB110 Super Sport), capable of completing the century sprint in just 3.3 seconds, towards a vmax of 351 km/h — a world record at the time for a series-production sports car. Even by today’s standards, those are some properly crazy numbers.

Bugatti introduced the world with its mega Veyron, with production dates starting from 2005 up until 2015. Motivation in the Veyron comes from a W16 block (yes, 16 cylinders) with four turbochargers, enabling a zero to hundred sprint of just 2.5 seconds and a vmax of 400 km/h. Through the production years, 450 Veyrons left the production line, delivered to customers. Today, these cars are transacting over their sticker prices.

Now, back to the EB110 — it had a much shorter production duration, of just five years. Only 86 EB110 GT and 32 EB110 Super Sport were produced up to 1995. At a Sotheby’s auction in February 2019, a 1994 EB110 Super Sport transacted for a hefty $2.33 million US dollars. A quick search for used Veyron across marketplace listings show that even the standard Veyron 16.4 is asking $1.5 million US dollars.

We can’t predict the future, but we’re almost certain Chiron prices will someday exceed their original list prices… it is just a matter of time, if they aren’t already.

With such low production numbers, you can imagine it would be pretty impossible to come across a Bugatti, much less an EB110 in Malaysia. Well, you’re in luck. We’ve decided to share some pictures of all the Bugattis we’ve spotted in the wild; including a yellow EB110 Super Sport in Australia and a silver EB110 GT right here in Malaysia! Those two, along with the two known Malaysian Veyrons as well as a mirror-finish Veyron at the Autostadt, Wolfsburg.

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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