Bugatti takes an unexpected turn. Chiron-based €5m hypercar puts cornering prowess before top speed.
The Divo is made for bends’ is how Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann describes its latest hypercar, which was unveiled at Pebble Beach. Based on the Chiron but with significant changes to its aerodynamics and chassis settings, the Divo - named after the French WWI fighter pilot turned mechanic and racer Albert Divo - trades top speed for cornering prowess: it's lapped Nardo 8sec quicker than the Chiron. Only 40 will be made, at $6m (c£4.5m) apiece. All have found homes.
Intakes at the front of the car create air curtains to smooth the airflow along its sides. Front and rear spoilers and a diffuser contribute to a 90kg increase in downforce over the Chiron, making 456kg in total possible. Additionally, each brake has its own cooling intake, while a NACA duct on the roof feeds air to the engine.
Despite weighing in at nearly two tons the Divo Is still 35kg lighter than the Chiron, with new wheels, a carbonfibre intercooler, a reduction In insulation, a lighter sound system and the omission of storage compartments all contributing to the loss. Front camber is increased and steering and suspension tweaked for better response.
SPECIFICATION 2019 Bugatti Divo
Max Power 1479bhp @ 6700rpm
Max Torque 1180lb ft @ 2000-6000rpm
Weight 1960kg (767bhp/ton)
Top speed 236mph (limited)
Basic price €5million
On sale 2019 Sold out
Here you'll find the same 8-litre quad-turbo W16 as in the Chiron, still producing 1479bhp and 1180lb ft of torque. In line with the Divo's new focus, however, the 'Top Speed' mode has been removed, so the Divo stops accelerating at 236mph. whereas the Chiron tan go on to a second limiter at 261mph.
The styling is a departure from the Chiron’s but maintains Bugatti's most recognisable aspects. The grille, central fin and 'signature line' on the flanks remain, but the aero and cooling elements, LED headlights and 3D rear lights are all new. as Is the Titanium Liquid Silver and Divo Racing Blue paintwork.
Right: revised aero increases down-force by 90kg. Below: 3D rear lights are new.
Alcantara echoes Divo Racing Blue paint. Beware wardrobe clashes. Bugatti has already sold all 40 examples at £4.4m each; the waiting list continues to grow.