The Divo maintains the enormous 8 liter, 1,500 hp 16-cylinder engine. Photo: Bloomberg
New York: It is legal on the road, but built for the track and focused on the fast-moving heart of the Chiron-owned public. Bugatti unveiled today in Monterey, California, the Divo of the euro 5 million ($ 5.8 million). Only 40 will be made, considerably less than the 500 examples produced from the $ 3 million Chiron.
The price jump is due to changes in the car's aerodynamic program, chassis modifications and suspension upgrades. As a result, the Divo is 77 pounds lighter than the Chiron, with 198 pounds more downforce and better lateral acceleration.
These details compensate for the fact that, with an electronically limited top speed of 236 mph – almost 30 mph less than the top speed of the Chiron – the Divo will be slower on a straight line.
Straight lines are not the point for this car. Around a court the divo beats the Chiron all day long.
"The Divo has significantly better performance in terms of lateral acceleration, agility and cornering," says Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti. "The Divo is made for angles."
It maintains the enormous 8 liter, 1,500 hp 16 cylinder engine and the wide, low footprint of the Chiron and Veyron. But new inlets, vents and edges carved out of its slimmer body increase the airflow for downforce and keep the brakes and engine cool – a constant challenge in the world of hypercars.
Along the top, the roofline with a drastic dorsal fin forms a unique shaped channel to optimize the air intake. At the rear a new spoiler acts as a brake and can be set at different angles for different driving modes. And a newly designed, wide front spoiler gives more air to the front inlets that help cool the car at high speeds.
Engineers have saved weight by adjusting the front diffuser flaps, reducing the amount of insulation and installing a lighter sound system. Moreover, as Bugatti puts it, "storage compartments on the center console and in the door finishes are also omitted." In other words: goodbye, cup holders.
At the front, the daytime running lights on the outside give a broad, threatening appearance. The splitter at the front has an upper part in matt silver, which makes the Divo look lower and emphasizes the optical illusion created by the widescreen headlights.
On the outer edge, the fins look wider and clearer; to the center of the car they look smaller. The effect looks like a gradual light fading over the back of the car.
According to Bugatti all 40 Divos have already been bought, which is not surprising. The brand has said that the average owner statistically has 2.5 Bugatti in the garage: one to drive, one to store and one to be placed on order.
Brett David, chief executive officer of Miami Prestige Imports, confirms that buying mentality at the world's richest.
"It's getting easier to make deals with seven-digit cars, instead of $ 200,000 to $ 300,000," he says. "People realize that it is a valuable asset, they have opportunities to see added value and make more profit in these cars – and they want something that they can really drive, instead of just leaving them in a garage to sit. "
The production of the Bugatti Divo will soon start in Molsheim, France.