Happiness is the Corner
Updated: Mar 2, 2020
The highly exclusive and limited edition Bugatti Divo is named after Albert Divo, the French racing driver who won the famous Targa Florio mountain race twice for Bugatti.
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Bugatti launched a strictly limited new model under the name of Divo last year. Its lighter weight and agility, higher downforce and greater g-forces promise significantly better handling properties. The distinctive new design underlines driving dynamics and Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann said, “With the Divo, we want to thrill people throughout the world.” The Bugatti Divo is named after Albert Divo, the French racing driver who won the famous Targa Florio mountain race twice for Bugatti.
Divo is a reminiscence of the brand’s coachbuilding tradition. Bugatti Divo to be made in a limited series of only 40 vehicles. With a net price of €5 million, the French luxury brand Bugatti celebrated its European premiere of this latest model in Paris one month after its world premiere at “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” in Monterey, California.
On the day before the first press day of the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Bugatti unveiled the Divo before an audience of selected media representatives and customers at an exclusive event in the French capital. In developing the Divo, Bugatti wanted to create a super sports car with a different character from the Chiron which would still be immediately recognizable as a Bugatti.
Based on the requirements of a race, the Bugatti Divo was designed to be light and nimble and boasts of enormous downforce and gforces. The result will be outstanding handling properties and the dynamic character of the car will be underlined by a new, strong design language.
“Happiness is not around the corner. It is the corner. The Divo is made for corners,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “With the Divo, we want to thrill people throughout the world,” the Bugatti President continues. “With this project, the Bugatti team has an opportunity to interpret the brand DNA in terms of agile, nimble handling in a significantly more performance-oriented way.”
The Divo, which is powered by Bugatti’s iconic eight-litre W16 engine with a power output of 1,500 PS, is tuned for agility, nimbleness and optimum handling performance on winding roads, without any concessions with respect to the usual levels of comfort and luxury. The aerodynamics of the model have been intensively fine-tuned and the suspension and chassis settings have been modified. As a result, the Divo is 35 kilograms lighter and has 90 kilograms more downforce than the standard Chiron2 . The lateral acceleration of the Divo has been boosted to 1.6g. Its maximum speed is limited to 380 km/h.
The progressive new design language underlines the inner values of the new super sports model the same time as forging a link with Bugatti’s rich coachbuilding heritage of bodies built to its own design and installed on existing chassis. All 40 cars in the strictly limited series, with a net unit price auf €5 million, were sold immediately upon the start of presentations to selected customers.
The Divo is to be produced from 2019 onwards together with the Bugatti Chiron at the brand’s headquarters in Molsheim, Alsace. The first deliveries to customers are planned for 2020.