It’s here: the Bugatti Divo - here’s everything you need to know
As of right now, blue smoke is pouring out of a chimney in the automotive Vatican, signalling the birth of a new Bugatti. The new Divo megacar looks like it just stepped out of the quantum realm from an alternate universe where Bugatti are the kings of any racetrack they touch. It’s something that you feel the need to surrender yourself to, for it demands your absolute admiration and analysis. Each fin, vent, and crease - all there to ensure it conquers a job that no Bugatti since the reign of the company’s founder has been dedicated to: handling excellence.
Its less brutish Chiron kin is a car that’s already rather capable when the road gets twisty - but its priority lies with all round performance and comfort rather than any one thing. The Divo on the other hand has had everything thrown at it to ensure it can attack a circuit with the aplomb of a racing car, while still retaining all the features that are synonymous with Bugatti.
The recipe is simple yet effective. A weight reduction of 77lbs (35kg) over the Chiron brings the mass down to 4321lbs (1960kg). While I must concede that’s still a sizeable chunk of lard to get around a corner, due to the fact that a large percentage of the weight reduction comes from unsprung mass, the effect is greater than it initially appears.
The lower weight also counts for more when you consider the increased downforce. A rear wing 23 percent larger than the one found on the Chiron, as well as a larger and more effective front splitter, and a startlingly pronounced rear diffuser, results in the overall downforce leaping up by 198lbs (90kg) to 1005lbs (456kg). A professional driver will be sure to notice that when they really push on.
Underneath, the Chiron’s chassis has been stiffened, as have the springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. Negative camber has been added to help the tyres cling onto the tarmac with unrelenting bite. All of these little changes have resulted in the Divo achieving 1.6g through the corners. If that fact is too nerdy for you, its cornering ability has led to the Divo lapping Nardo’s handling circuit an astonishing 8 seconds faster than the Chiron!
Using the signature 8L Quad-Turbo W16 and 7-speed DSG gearbox as the Chiron, the 1479bhp results in the same 0-60mph time of 2.3 seconds. The top speed however is limited to 237mph thanks to how the extra downforce and negative camber affects the tyres at that speed. Why no more power? According to Bugatti, the W16 is right at the very limit of what it and the rest of the car’s components are capable of withstanding. In other words, this is the very limit of internal combustion.
Considering what the Divo has been made for, there is one rather large question that will be bursting out of everyone’s lips: will Bugatti be using it for a Nurburgring lap record attempt? For the time being, the answer to that question is “no” - but do note how that answer isn’t necessarily a permanent one. One day, you never know.
Inside, it’s as beautiful as anything you’d ever expect from Bugatti. Deeper bucket seats are fitted to help keep people in place when cornering quickly, and swathes of alcantara replace leather due to how it’s a lighter material. While some may’ve hoped for a stripped out racer, a Bugatti that isn’t luxurious is like an ocean that isn’t wet.
Obviously then, if you’re as enthusiastic about this car as I am, you’ll want to sell all of your non-essential internal organs, bones, and limbs in order to be able to buy one. Sadly however, that’s not possible. Firstly, because no doctor this side of Liberty City will purchase human organs from a man with no nose or ears; secondly, because in order to be eligible to purchase a Divo, you first need to own a Chiron; and thirdly, because they’re all sold. The £4.5MILLION price tag is merely chump-change to those who’ve already got a £2.5MILLION Chiron on their driveway.
The Divo name was chosen after racing driver Alberto Divo, who won races in Bugattis thanks to the way he used to drive them at silly speeds through the corners. Not only that, but in some languages under certain circumstances, the word “Divo” translates to “divine”. And quite frankly, that word sums up this masterpiece in a nutshell.
But now I want to ask you guys: what do you think about the Divo? Let me know in the comments.
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