Excerpt from the archives: that day in 1992 Car News

In 1991, the Bugatti EB110 was presented to the world.

The Ferrari F40 rival has revived the hallowed horseshoe after 36 years, thanks to Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli (who would later buy Lotus and give us the Elise).

“If Maranello humiliation is your game, 12 cylinders, 60 valves, four turbos and four wheel drive are what you’ll need,” our man said. As for the driving experience? “If you want 550hp and 211mph, you can kiss cornering goodbye with a flick of the wrist rather than a stab of the throttle. Yes? Not so.

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“The handling and refinement are everything I thought they wouldn’t be. But the performance is everything I thought it would be and more. After a day of tossing it around a track, I couldn’t escape the thought of a 550hp Mini Cooper.

“You could drive this car through the skies if you have the guts. Acceleration to 8,000 rpm is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

“The cornering balance is never in doubt and the staggering stiffness means any bump is dealt with.”

What a shame it coincided with a global recession, putting Bugatti out of business after making just 139.

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