The Bugatti Divo is here. And it’s a little bit special for a number of reasons.
Firstly, this is the first time in the carmaker’s modern history (since it was bought by the Volkswagen Group) that it’s built two models at once. Since the Veyron was introduced, Bugatti has been a single-model company, but now it’s producing both the Chiron and this new car, the Divo.
So what is the Bugatti Divo? Well, it naturally shares a lot of kit with the Chiron, but unlike its older brother, the Divo is built with handling in mind, rather than top speed. Sure, the Chiron offers big handling improvements over its predecessor, but the Divo is an altogether more focused offering.
Want to find out more? Here’s our handy guide to the Bugatti Divo.
It’s slower at the top end than the Chiron
The Chiron, the highly anticipated successor to the Veyron, was designed to reclaim Bugatti’s crown as the maker of the world’s fastest road car. And though the Chiron hasn’t done an official top-speed run yet, it’ll do a limited 420 km/h in its current guise. The Bugatti Divo, meanwhile, is limited to ‘only’ 380 km/h. Why? Mostly because of all the additional aero, which creates increased downforce and hence greater pressure on the tyres. As a result, 380 km/h is your V-max.
But it’s faster through the corners
All that aero does wonders when you’re slamming the Divo around a circuit. Bugatti tested it at the 6.2-km Nardo racetrack, and it was 8 seconds-per-lap quicker than the Chiron. That’s largely thanks to the aero, made up of a wider and deeper rear diffuser, a new rear wing, a new fin on the roof, and a new chin spoiler and front air curtains. That all provides an extra 90 kg of downforce over the Chiron. The Divo also features an extra degree of negative camber, its suspension is stiffer, and the whole package is lighter by 35 kg thanks to the addition of much carbon fibre.
The engine’s still the same, though
Sitting in the belly of the Divo is the tried-and-tested, 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 engine, which develops the same 1,479 bhp as the Chiron. The seven-speed, twin-clutch gearbox remains the same, too. As does the 0-100 km/h time – a cool 2.4 seconds.
And the interior’s pretty much the same, too
No bad thing, as the Chiron’s interior is one of the finest known to man. We love that there’s still nothing in the way of electronic distractions.
It’ll cost AED 21.3 million
Yep. Or EUR 5 million if you prefer round numbers.
And you can’t buy one
Even if you had a spare AED 21 million, Bugatti is already fresh out of Divos. It’s only building 40 of them, on top of the 500 planned Chirons that it’s already committed to, and they’ve all been sold. In fact, you had to be a Chiron owner to be approached by Bugatti for the Divo. And we’re told at least one Divo buyer actually bought a Chiron just to get his hands on the Divo.
The design is inspired by an old Bugatti racer
Apparently, the Bugatti Divo is supposed to harken back to the car brand’s rich heritage as a master coach builder. The firm points to the Type 57SC Atlantic as the main inspiration, though we have to admit we don’t see much resemblance.
The name comes from the pages of history, too
The Bugatti Divo is named after French racing driver Albert Divo, who raced for Bugatti in the 1920s, winning the Targa Florio race twice.