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August 26, 2018

The Bugatti Divo is Made for Corners

Modern Bugatti hypercars, be it the Chiron or its predecessor, the Veyon are chastised for being only good in a straight-line. Well, that’s all set to change with the Divo—a Bugatti made for corners.

Based off the Chiron, it shares the same 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbo producing 1,500 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 1,600 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm. However, tweaks have been made to balance its performance. This time, it’s not just good on the straights, but through bends as well.

Aerodynamic tweaks, particularly in a new, wider splitter, new diffuser, and 23-percent wider rear spoiler all contribute to 90 kilograms more downforce than the Chiron. Together with the increased camber, it delivers higher lateral acceleration of 1.6 g (up by 0.1 g). In Bugatti’s internal tests, it laps the Nardo handling circuit 8 seconds faster than the Chiron. Having said that, top speed has been “limited” to 380 km/h.

Apart from brutally effective aerodynamics, the Divo is also 35 kilograms lighter thanks to lighter wheels, a carbon fiber intercooler cover, a reduction in sound insulation, a lighter sound system, and fixing the front diffuser flaps.

Continuing Bugatti’s coachbuilding tradition, the Divo is limited to just 40 units globally and all have been spoken for. The price for this exclusivity doesn’t come cheap: they cost 5 million Euros or P 310 million each.

Like the Chiron and Veyron before it, the Divo is named after a driver from the early years of car racing. In this case, it’s named after Albert Divo, who won the Targa Florio in the 1920s.

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