With the Geneva Motor show having taken place not too long ago, a number of amazing, expensive and ludicrous cars have been unveiled set for release over the coming year. To name a few the Koenigsegg Jesko, but there is one spectacular car that took the Geneva Motor show by storm. The Bugatti Divo, oh how we did not see this one coming and what an astonishing piece of engineering this turned out to be.
Its name comes after the French racing driver, Albert Divo, who back in the 1920s raced for Bugatti and won the almighty Targa Florio race. Not once, but twice and Bugatti has, in turn, given their newest track focused car the name Divo in his honour. Along with this, the Divo takes inspiration from the Bugatti Type 57C Atlantic as well as the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept for its design.
The differences found between the Bugatti Divo and the Bugatti Chiron are for starters its design, more menacing and aggressive in nature it naturally is a more track focused car than the Chiron. With the Divo also having a completely redesigned exhaust system comprised of quad exhaust pipes and an astonishing 1.8-metre-wide fixed rear wing. Which is 23% wider than the one found on the Chiron, I mean if not for the downforce the Divo would definitely be taking off at the speeds it can achieve.
Everything in the Divo is track focused, and everything is designed to save weight and make the car as light as possible, whereby the interior is similar to the Chiron but with additional Alcantara and carbon-fibre trim, though more noticeable changes include stiffer springs and dampers, carbon-fibre wiper blades and intercooler shroud, grooved wheel spokes, reduced sound insulation, a lighter sound system and removal of the storage lockers present in the doors and centre console for a weight saving of 35 kg (77 lb) over the Chiron Sport. The engine, a quad-turbocharged W16 unit, is retained from the Chiron along with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
So, the bit you’ve all been patiently waiting for. The performance. The Bugatti Divo is 8 seconds than the Bugatti Chiron around the Nardo test track, where the Divo produces around 456kg of downforce at top speed which is 90kg more than Chiron. The 0-62 mph time is the same as in the Chiron 2.4 seconds, from there though, its all different. The top speed is greatly reduced to 236 mph as a result of the extra drag that’s being generated along with the excessive pressure on the tyres as a result of the lowered ride height. The power output remains the same at 1,479 bhp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque.
The price of this behemoth of a machine, 4.5 million pounds (5.8 million dollars). Though you can’t have one, all of the 40 units produced have been sold on the first day of its availability. When they were built, the Divo was built alongside the Chiron at the Bugatti factory, and all 40 units were pre-sold before the public debut to Chiron owners through special invitation by the dealerships.