At the exclusive automotive event, The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, in Monterey, California, Bugatti has presented its latest model – the new Divo.
With the Divo, the French luxury brand has developed a super sports car tuned for agility, nimbleness and optimum handling performance on winding roads.
It is powered by Bugatti’s iconic eight-litre W16 engine capable of 1103kW, with the main focus bring around the new Divo being lighter, faster and more agile.
The aerodynamics of the model has been intensively fine-tuned and the suspension and chassis settings have been modified. As a result, the Divo is 35kg and has 90kg more downforce than the standard Bugatti Chiron.
The lateral acceleration of the Divo has been boosted to 1.6g though its maximum speed is limited to 380km/h. The Divo can lap the Nardò handling circuit in southern Italy eight seconds faster than the Chiron.
Only 40 Bugatti Divo's will be produced with a net unit price of €5-million (about R82.9-million). Incredibly, the models are already sold out.
"When I took up my position at Bugatti at the beginning of the year, I soon learnt that our customers and fans were waiting for a special vehicle which would tell a further story for the brand in addition to the Chiron. The Bugatti team was also very eager to implement a project like this," said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles.
How is the Bugatti Divo different from the Chiron?
He adds: "It was therefore decided to build a super sports car with a different character from the Chiron which would still be immediately recognisable as a Bugatti."
With the Divo, Bugatti is also reviving its coachbuilding tradition. In its first few decades, the French luxury brand had considerable success with bodies built to its own design and installed on existing chassis.
"To date, a modern Bugatti has represented a perfect balance between high performance, straight-line dynamics and luxurious comfort. Within our possibilities, we have shifted the balance in the case of the Divo further towards lateral acceleration, agility and cornering. The Divo is made for bends," Winkelmann added.
"The feedback from our customers was overwhelming. We showed the Divo to a small group of selected Chiron customers. All 40 cars were sold immediately – this was fantastic confirmation for the Bugatti team which had put so much dedication and passion into the project.
The Divo is a further project intended to thrill people and the world. Our fans are very important to us," Winkelmann adds.
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.
Each time Bugatti launches another sports car it completely stuns the world. The brand new Divo was nothing different, we personally believe this is the prettiest Bugatti to have been launched to date.
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