Nobody said that Chiron was underwhelming, but Bugatti Divo certainly suggests that it's more than a way to make a ridiculously fast hypercraft. Made its world debut in California today, Divo Reimagines Chiron as a 1,479 horsepower, sharp swinging animals.
To do that, Bugatti Chiron put on a diet. 77 pounds were removed to make Divo, part of a return to coachbuilding tradition that marked the automaker's first decade in business. At that time it would make special bodies on top of existing chassis.
Now, however, it uses own cars to create limited specializations. Where Chiron is meant to go very, very fast in a straight line, Divo's talents get awake in the corners. Aerodynamic changes have, among other things, increased the strength by 198 pounds over Chiron, while lateral acceleration has increased to 1.6 g.
Some of the changes are only slightly visible. For example, the front cover has air intake that helps reduce Divo's effective cross sectional area. They also provide better airflow over the front of the car. An optimized "air curtain" does the same on the sides. A wide front spoiler with a new design improves cooling performance, by driving more air into the air intakes.
The roof has meanwhile been designed to form a flow optimized NACA air duct. Combined with a new engine cover, it helps keep the 8.0-liter W16 engine cool. New wheel arc ventilation improves brake calibration.
At the rear there is a new, height adjustable rear spoiler; which can also act as an air brake by standing upright. At 72-inch above, it's 23 percent wider than Chiron's spoiler, and contributes to even more downforce. In total, you're looking at over 1000 pounds of dump from the car.
Then there is the chassis and suspension. Bugatti wanted Divo to be "sharper, more flexible and more proper", and then camber increased. Control and suspension have been set for more direct response and sports responses, regardless of driving mode.
It is a victim of the swinging skill, mind. Divo's top speed has been limited to 236 mph, and it does without the top speed mode that Chiron boasts.
Even with that limit, on the right track, Divos plays better talents in the turns. On the Nardò handling circuit, for example, Bugatti says that the divorce shaved eight seconds outside Chiron's lap time.
The visual differences become clearer between the two cars the more you see them. Horseshoe-shaped front grille, side signature line and top wine had to be transferred, but otherwise there are many changes. A slimmer sideline gives Divo a lower, longer look in profile, emphasized by the color scheme: matte Titanium Liquid Silver on top, and petroleum blue-tinted Divo Carbon carbon fiber underneath.
Light LED headlights – with a special light animation – make the most of the small 1/3/8 inch deep space while the rear lights are partially 3D-printed. It consists of several fins, of different sizes, of which 44 are illuminated. Divo Racing Blue Highlights pick out the lines.
Inside is the matte carbon fiber, Divo Gray Alcantara, and glass-based anodized gray metal coating. Divo Racing Blue Alcantara leather is also used, while the shape of the external lights is echoed in the drops and seat areas. Bugatti says the seats have more side support, while the partially Alcantara-clad steering wheel has larger shifting pillows. The armrests and waistcoats have also grown, compared to those in Chiron.
Even in rarified Bugatti terms, Divo will be a rare sight. Only forty of the cars will be made, each priced at 5m euros ($ 5.72m). All forty have already been sold after the car manufacturer showed the project to a handful of selected customers.