New €5 million Bugatti Divo hypercar revealed

24 Aug, 2018 7:30pm Richard Ingram

Lighter and more agile, the new 1,479bhp Bugatti Divo has debuted at Monterey Car Week in California

The Bugatti Divo has been revealed at ‘The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering’ during Monterey Car Week in California. The €5 million hypercar is claimed to be lighter and more agile than the Chiron on which it is based.

The Divo is named after legendary racing driver Albert Divo – and celebrates Bugatti’s ‘coachbuilding tradition’. Just 40 examples will be built, and every single one is already sold.

Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann said: “Our customers and fans were waiting for a special vehicle which would tell a further story for the brand in addition to the Chiron. The Bugatti team was also very eager to implement a project like this.”

It features bespoke bodywork and has a focus on aerodynamics; the Divo gets a totally new front end, gaping air intakes and slim LED lights. There’s an ‘optimised air curtain’ and a new, wider front spoiler, which helps the Divo develop an additional 90kg of downforce than a Chiron. Various vanes direct cool air to the brakes, while the flanks are similarly aggressive, with large ducts and sharp creases.

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On the roof there’s a flow-optimised air duct, while the rear spoiler is 23 per cent wider than before, and can be set to different angles depending on which drive mode the car is in. Bugatti says this improves downforce and efficiency, as well as higher air brake performance.

The car’s rear lighting graphic is new, too, and features multiple OLED elements. Made up of 44 fins, the lamps are partly produced using advanced 3D printing techniques. The two-tone colour scheme comprises shades of Titanium Liquid Silver and Divo Racing Blue, while the spoiler, diffuser and air outlets get a bare carbon finish.

The Divo shares the Chiron’s quad-turbo, 8.0-litre W16 engine with 1,479bhp and 1,600Nm of torque, as well as the same seven-speed DSG box and four-wheel drive system. Bugatti says the Divo will cover 0-62mph in 2.4 seconds and hit 236mph flat out.

Bugatti says the chassis and suspension have also been tweaked to make it more agile and faster through the corners. The Divo is claimed to be capable of pulling 1.6G of lateral acceleration and is eight seconds faster around the 6.2km Nardo handling track. The lightweight wheels, carbon fibre intercooler cover, and reduced use of sound insulation allow a 35kg weight saving. 

Inside, the Divo gets a matt carbon dashboard, with Divo Grey Alcantara seats. Bugatti claims these seats offer more lateral support, while the similarly-trimmed steering wheel gets longer paddles for greater control. Larger armrests and calf supports aim to improve comfort. 

In an official statement, Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann that with the Divo, the brand aims to “thrill people throughout the world,” and that it gives Bugatti the chance to “interpret the brand DNA in terms of agile, nimble handling in a significantly more performance-oriented way.”

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