The el­e­gance of su­per­cars

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - CARS -

In the in­creas­ingly de­tached world of four-wheeled lux­ury, 2018 was a year of ex­treme mod­els, which made the head­lines be­cause of their eye­wa­ter­ing prices and in­cred­i­ble de­tails, even though, to a cer­tain ex­tent, the de­sire for ex­treme, al­most “space-age” forms and oth­er­worldly per­for­mance seems to have got out of hand. The king of ex­ag­ger­a­tion is once again Bu­gatti, with the Divo: nomen omen, as Latin-speak­ing peo­ple would have said, even though it wasn’t in­tended as an Ital­ian ad­jec­tive by the par­ent com­pany. It of­fi­cially took its name from the sur­name of a driver who won the Targa Flo­rio twice in a Bu­gatti in the thir­ties. But, thanks to its tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions and price tag, the Divo is just that: a “divo”. Pro­posed to only 40 ex­tremely wealthy col­lec­tors, with this car Bu­gatti wanted to set the record for the high­est price ever: €5 mil­lion, with 1,500 horse­power and a top speed of “only” 380 km per hour, un­like pre­vi­ous mod­els which were lim­ited to 400! But it doesn’t mat­ter be­cause the dy­namic char­ac­ter­is­tics have been im­proved: it now has a lat­eral ac­cel­er­a­tion of up to 1.6G. There’s good rea­son to bet that an en­gine of this kind achieves its aim of cast­ing a spell, re­gard­less of the ex­quis­ite de­tails sur­round­ing

the driver, made es­sen­tially of car­bon fi­bre, leather and al­can­tara. Only a few ki­los less (35) than the Ch­i­ron, Bu­gatti’s Divo fo­cusses on other as­pects: it has an 8 se­cond faster lap time around the Nardò cir­cuit (12.6 km) than the Ch­i­ron, with over 800 me­tres sep­a­ra­tion over one lap. Its su­pe­ri­or­ity also lies in its en­hanced agility and cor­ner­ing, which is due to 90 kg more down­force, the re­sult, pri­mar­ily, of care­ful study of the aero­dy­nam­ics of the front spoiler, which at the same time guar­an­tees bet­ter cool­ing to the mon­strous six­teen cylin­ders. But ex­clu­siv­ity is not only equal to ex­ag­ger­a­tion. There is some­thing ex­traor­di­nar­ily sexy about the rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of clas­sic styles with a modern tone. Not just be­cause start­ing a vin­tage project is in fash­ion, but be­cause dis­cov­er­ing draw­ings buried in wind tun­nels and work­ing with re­stric­tive rules on lights and safety equip­ment still please the lovers of the emerg­ing years of mo­tor­ing. For this rea­son, the works of David Brown Au­to­mo­tive, are in­cred­i­bly al­lur­ing. This re­cently formed Bri­tish car “tai­lor” fo­cusses on “re­mas­ter­ing” cer­tain great old clas­sics, which has re­sulted in the Speed­back Sil­ver­stone Edi­tion. The small com­pany, es­tab­lished in an old RAF base, right in front of the na­tional cir­cuit, cel­e­brates with this lim­ited edi­tion of only 10 ex­am­ples an im­por­tant an­niver­sary for the orig­i­nal David Brown: for those who may not re­mem­ber he was the man who launched As­ton Martin and Lagonda in the pe­riod af­ter the war. An iconic name in the his­tory of mo­tor­ing, as iconic as these rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of his­toric As­ton Martin mod­els and other grand tour­ing cars of the past. This very spe­cial edi­tion cost­ing €700,00 of­fers 80 more horse power that the orig­i­nal model, thus ris­ing to 601, with a 5-litre, 8-cylin­der en­gine, but above all is ad­mired for the high level of truly be­spoke de­tails. In ad­di­tion to com­mem­o­ra­tive lo­gos and per­son­alised door sill strips, the Sil­ver­stone Edi­tion is fin­ished in

fine leather on the seats, which have vis­i­ble stitch­ing and won­der­fully pleas­ing sculpted lines. The list of ex­quis­ite ma­te­ri­als used con­tin­ues with Al­can­tara, Kvadrat - a prized Dan­ish fab­ric, wood for the in­serts and hand-fin­ished metal. In­fo­tain­ment is pro­vided by a Bow­ers & Wilkins au­dio sys­tem. Ex­ter­nally, the driv­ing lights set in a ce­ramic sur­round fin­ish off the bon­net bet­ter than any­thing seen in a James Bond film. Af­ter France and Great Bri­tain, we end this re­view with an ex­clu­sive Ital­ian brand Pa­gani, which in 2018 con­tin­ues to make its mark around the world and cel­e­brates its suc­cess with a new show­room in Bev­erly Hills and a spe­cial cus­tomised edi­tion of the Huayra Road­ster. One hun­dred ex­quis­ite ex­am­ples of this car have been con­structed, with the needs of Amer­i­cans in mind, with a price tag of al­most €2.3 mil­lion each, nearly all of which have been sold.

Divo di Bu­gatti rap­p­re­senta un per­fetto equi­lib­rio tra alte prestazioni, di­nam­ica lin­eare e com­fort di lusso. La serie com­prende solo 40 ve­icoli. The Divo by Bu­gatti rep­re­sent a per­fect bal­ance be­tween high per­for­mance, straight-line dy­nam­ics and lux­u­ri­ous com­fort. The se­ries only con­sist of 40 ve­hi­cles.

Le serie rig­orosa­mente lim­i­tate, con un prezzo uni­tario netto di 5 mil­ioni di euro, si sono esaurite im­me­di­ata­mente. La su­per­car prende il nome da Al­bert Divo, un pi­lota francese che vinse due volte la famosa gara Targa Flo­rio sulle strade mon­tag­nose della Si­cilia con Bu­gatti alla fine degli anni '20. The strictly lim­ited small se­ries, with a net unit price of €5 mil­lion, sold out im­me­di­ately. The su­per­car is named af­ter Al­bert Divo, a French rac­ing driver who was a two-time win­ner of the fa­mous Targa Flo­rio race on the moun­tain­ous roads of Si­cily with Bu­gatti in the late 1920s.

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