‘THE DIVO IS MADE FOR BENDS’ IS HOW Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann describes its latest hypercar, which was unveiled at Pebble Beach. Based on the Chiron but with significant changes to its aerodynamics and chassis settings, the Divo – named after the French WWI fighter pilot turned mechanic and racer Albert Divo – trades top speed for cornering prowess: it’s lapped Nardò 8sec quicker than the Chiron. Only 40 will be made, at `43 crore apiece. All have found homes.
Power Torque Weight 0-100kmph Top speed Price (in UK) Intakes at the front of the car create air curtains to smooth the airflow along its sides. Front and rear spoilers and a diffuser contribute to a 90kg increase in downforce over the Chiron, making 456kg in total possible. Additionally, each brake has its own cooling intake, while a NACA duct on the roof feeds air to the engine. Despite weighing in at nearly two tons the Divo is still 35kg lighter than the Chiron, with new wheels, a carbonfibre intercooler, a reduction in insulation, a lighter sound system and the omission of storage compartments all contributing to the loss. Front camber is increased and steering and suspension tweaked for better response. The styling is a departure from the Chiron’s but maintains Bugatti’s most recognisable aspects. The grille, central fin and ‘signature line’ on the flanks remain, but the aero and cooling elements, LED headlights and 3D rear lights are all new, as is the Titanium Liquid Silver and Divo Racing Blue paintwork.
1479bhp @ 6700rpm 1600Nm @ 2000-6000rpm 1960kg (767bhp/ton) 2.4sec380kmph (limited)`43 crore (excluding Indian taxes & duties) Here you’ll find the same 8-litre quad-turbo W16 as in the Chiron, still producing 1479bhp and 1600Nm of torque. In line with the Divo’s new focus, however, the ‘Top Speed’ mode has been removed, so the Divo stops accelerating at 380kmph, whereas the Chiron can go on to a second limiter at 420kmph.
Right: Revised aero increases downforce by 90kg. Below: 3D rear lights are new