New £4.5 million, limited-run Bugatti features extensive bodywork alterations and improved track performance
1 October 2018

The new Bugatti Divo hypercar, a Chiron-based machine designed for improved track performance, is being shown in Europe for the first time ahead of the Paris motor show.

Limited to 40 models, and already fully sold out despite the £4.5 million price, 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. The car was originally launched at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. All 40 examples were sold to existing Chiron customers within four weeks of the first preview event.

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Described as the “modern interpretation of Bugatti’s coachbuilding division”, the Divo - named after two-time Targa Florio winner Albert Divo - features an aggressive redesign including a unique front-end look. A large front splitter boosts downforce and feeds air to the enlarged intakes, while new vertically oriented LED headlights give the Divo a unique lighting signature.

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Great attention has been made to improve brake and powertrain cooling through a raft of new inlets across the bonnet and wings. Even the roof has been altered to form an air duct optimising the flow of cold air through a specially designed engine cover.

The rear end is just as purposeful, with a new height-adjustable rear spoiler that is 23% wider than the Chiron’s. It inherits the air braking function from its sibling, too, while new rear lights are formed of 3D printed fins, 44 of which light up to produce a striking lighting effect.

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The result of all the bodywork changes is a 90kg improvement in downforce, increasing maximum lateral cornering forces to 1.6g.

The chassis fine-tuning was aimed at making the Divo sharper and more agile in the bends than the Chiron, too. Increased camber - necessary for the desired handling characteristics - has seen the top speed limited to 236mph, while the steering and suspension have been tweaked to ensure a more direct response to inputs. Lightweight wheels, carbonfibre parts and reduced insulation contribute to a 35kg weight saving.

Inside, upgrades have been made, including new, more supportive seats and redesigned Alcantara steering wheel. The cabin is trimmed in a variety of new materials, with a two-tone effect mirroring the external paintwork.

No changes to the Chiron’s 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 engine, which still puts out 1479bhp through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 0-62mph time is quoted at 2.4sec, which is identical to the Divo's cheaper sibling. 

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24 August 2018
Now that looks extreme an surely will sound great too.

1 October 2018

pointless and absolutely hideous! Such a shame after such a tasteful job they did with the Chiron.

Isn’t it odd these days that to make a more expensive version of something these days you have to make it more tasteless and tacky rather than tasteful and classy?

And at what point should it not even be newsworthy that Bugatti have made just 40 examples of a ludicrously expensive car that will never be seen or driven by anyone in the rest of the world, other than those 40, who probably won’t drive it either. 

Oh dear ...

 

 

 

You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!

2 October 2018

Bugatti should have stopped building cars in 1939. The 1952/65 sub-Lago 101 was a big enough disappointment without Artioli kickstarting the brand and certainly without this.

24 August 2018

Ain't impressed by the weight savings though. A cool £2 million extra. A loads of cash for nothing? It looks decent as an improvement. 8 sec faster around a 6 km track? Investment rather than chasing the dream!

 

Chiron. Sport. What should one call the Divo? Super Sport? The Sport seems to be the sensible option. But if someone gave me one i wouldn't hesitate to own one.

24 August 2018

That looks a bit rubbish.

24 August 2018

I think this era of Bugattis are all a bit ridiculous if I’m honest but that looks the business.

24 August 2018
This car will have the best performance.
But the design is strange. It looks like a child born between Ferrari FXX K and Bugatti Chiron.
It's not ugly car. But...

25 August 2018

35 kg lighter!!!

25 August 2018

Looks like way too little for way too much.

25 August 2018

  It does look fantastic, yes, yes it does, but going on the ethos of what a Bugatti used to stand for is history, this is 21st Century Bugatti still a high end luxury product, only the very best of materials no expense spared, it’s not an out and racer it’s not got a stripped out interior just one seat,reduced in weight significantly, the Chiron has been give a body tuck, some filler here and there, the new lights at the front give it a new look a new expression if you like, so, it may not be faster or lighter (35kg) but that won’t matter to the buyers, if they’ve been offered one to buy then they have more than one Car, House, Jet even, they’re buying exclusivity a Car perceived as the best ( which it isn’t in terms of performance as a whole) ,no, love it for what it is, a Car when it came out as the next step after the Veyron a car which re wrote the performance books, and so it’s £4.4 million, if your asked to buy one you can well afford one and won’t Blanche trembling hand as you sign the Bank transfer....

Peter Cavellini.

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