With a new body, improved aero and lighter weight, the Divo laps the Nardo track eight seconds quicker
The Bugatti Divo has been unveiled at The Quail gathering, a part of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.
Sporting a completely revised body, Bugatti says the Divo revives the company’s coachbuilding tradition, where it used to mount unique bodies on an existing chassis.
In addition to featuring a sportier design aesthetic, including its distinctive array of 44 tail-light fins, the Divo’s body is said to generate a total of 456 kilograms of downforce, 90kg more than the Chiron.
Among the new aero elements are a reprofiled air curtain including a wider front spoiler, improved cooling for the brakes, a redesigned rear diffuser incorporating four exhaust outlets, and a reworked height- and angle-adjustable rear spoiler, which is 1.83 metres wide, a 23 per cent increase from the Chiron.
There’s also a NACA air duct on the roof, which funnels air to an unchanged 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine churning out 1103kW (1500PS) of power and 1600Nm of torque.
The company has reduced the car’s weight by 35 kilograms. Changes include new lightweight wheels, a carbon-fibre intercooler cover, fixed front diffuser flaps, less sound insulation, a lighter sound system, and the removal of the storage areas in the centre console and doors.
With these changes, the fully road legal Divo is said to lap the Volkswagen Group’s Nardo test track a full eight seconds faster than the Chiron on which it’s based.
As the car’s balance has been shifted away from luxury and outright maximum velocity towards cornering ability, the Divo’s top speed is limited to a mere 380km/h. That’s down from the electronic limit of 420km/h of both the Chiron and Chiron Sport.
For those curious, the Divo has an official combined fuel rating of 22.5L/100km. The Divo is said to drink 35.2L/100km in town, and 15.2L/100km on the highway.
The Divo is priced from €5 million ($7.8 million), with production limited 40 vehicles, all of which are already accounted for.
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