Engine untouched, yet 8-seconds faster around Nardo.
French hypercar firm Bugatti have finally lifted the veils off its new Divo hypercar, a more focused & engaging take on its luxurious Chiron, but ditches outright luxe in favour of greater capabilities around the track. Bugatti also claims that this is a ‘return-to-form’ for the marque, going back to its coach building heritage as underneath, it’s basically a Chiron unchanged.
“When I took up my position at Bugatti at the beginning of the year, I soon learnt that our customers & fans were waiting for a special vehicle that would tell a further story for the brand, in addition to the Chiron. To date, a modern Bugatti has represented a perfect balance between high performance, straight-line dynamics, and luxurious comfort. Within our possibilities, we have shifted the balance in the case of the Divo further towards lateral acceleration, agility, and cornering. The Divo is made for bends. The Divo is a further project intended to thrill people and the world.” — Stephan Winkelmann, President, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
The Divo is perhaps Bugatti’s most track-focused model it’s made in a long, long time. By moving their focus from just straight-line speed to corner-carving domination, the Divo’s now 8-seconds a lap faster than the Chiron on which it’s based, despite there having been no mechanical changes to the quad-turbo W16 petrol mill, which continues to produce a stratospheric 1103kW and 1600Nm.
The unique body, which is far more aggressive than the Chiron hypercar, has contributed greatly to the model’s newfound capabilities. Thanks to the improved use of carbon-fibre composites (on the intercooler, diffuser flaps), Alcantara, reduced sound insulation, deletion of storage areas and other weight-shaving measures, the Divo is some 35kg lighter than the Chiron. Further, improved aerodynamics thanks to the upgraded front air curtain, a NACA air duct, updated rear diffuser, uprated brake cooling, and an enormous fully0adjustable rear spoiler means that the Divo produces 90kg more downforce than the Chiron, totalling a considerable 456kg.
It’s worth mentioning that because the Divo is “made for bends,” V-max on the Divo has been reduced compared to the Chiron & Chiron Sport. While those cars hit terminal velocity at 420km/h, the Divo goes ‘just’ 380km/h. But before you shrug your shoulders and decide to buy one anyway, we have some bad news: All 40 Divos that have been slated for production have been sold, likely to buyers who didn’t even flinch when the French firm mentioned its €5-million (AU$7.8-million) pricetag.
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