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.
Designed to revive the company’s tradition of coachbuilding, the Divo features a unique design which shares little with the Chiron. A lot of the styling changes focused on improving aerodynamics and Bugatti says the modifications have resulted in an additional 90 kg (198 lbs) of downforce.
Limited to 40 models, and already fully sold out despite the£4.5 million price tag, the Divo features a bespoke exterior design, modified chassis and improved aerodynamics. The result is a claimed eight-second improvement on the Chiron’s lap time around the Nardo handling circuit.
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.
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.
Starting up front, the Dvio has been equipped with a new front fascia featuring larger air intakes and a wider front spoiler. These changes help to significantly improve downforce and cooling. Speaking of the latter, the brakes are cooled by “four independent air sources on each side of the vehicle: air flows in from the high-pressure area above the front bumper, the inlets on the front wings, one inlet on the front radiator and the diffusers ahead of the tires.”
Getting back to the engine, it’s a familiar quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 which continues to produce 1,500 PS (1,103 kW / 1,479 hp). While the engine carries over, Bugatti says the Divo won’t have a top speed mode and will be limited to 380 km/h (236 mph).
Thanks to all these changes, the Divo can pull 1.6 G’s during lateral acceleration and lap the Nardò circuit eight seconds faster than the Chiron. Bugatti also says the car has a “perceptibly different driving experience on winding roads.”
The car is named after French racing driver Albert Divo and production will be limited to 40 units. All of them have been spoken for, despite the car’s $5.8 (€5 / £4.5) million price tag.