DE­SIGN

Evo India - - BRIEFING - By JOR­DAN KATSIANIS WORDS by ANTONY IN­GRAM

‘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.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION

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

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