Monterey Car Week is officially wrapped up, but the good news keeps coming. At one of the many high-end exclusive events throughout the week, The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, Bugatti took the wraps off its latest creation: The Divo.
With Bugatti’s goal to somewhat enhance the already incredible Chiron, the world premiere of the Divo took us by surprise. The French luxury brand set out to develop a supercar tuned for agility and handling — rather than being fast in only a straight line — and live up to its name taken from French racing driver Albert Divo.
It houses the same 8-liter quad-turbo W16 as the Chiron, producing 1500 hp and a zero-to-sixty time of roughly 2.5 seconds. The vehicle’s aerodynamics have been upgraded with a high level of detail – with new air intakes, front spoiler, adjustable rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and overall body design, the total downforce generated is 456 kilograms, which is 90kg more than the Chiron. Four different independent air sources keep the brakes and the vehicle’s tires in the optimum temperature range.
When paired with the massive amount of downforce and some weight reduction, the chassis and suspension upgrades make the Divo a star performer around corners. The vehicle reaches 1.6 g lateral acceleration, but because more camber was added, the maximum speed was slightly decreased to 380 km/h. Still, the Divo laps the Nardò circuit eight seconds faster than its predecessor.
While the design team’s main focus was on aerodynamics, they also went with a new styling approach, slightly swaying from the brand’s classic design scheme. The car’s smooth, low, body was lengthened and finished in a Titanium Liquid Silver color, made specifically for the Divo. The front end was completely redesigned for performance purposes, but now also features new LED headlights and carbon fiber bits.
The rear, on the other hand, features a distinctive grille with 44 lit “fins” and a 3-D light system. The outer color scheme is continued on the vehicle’s interior, but with matte carbon bits, rather than gloss.
So, while its top speed may not live up to that of the Chiron, the Divo had to have won the hearts of many, as the forty examples available are already all spoken for – even before the vehicle’s official release.