The name Bugatti
conjures up all manner of visions dancing like sugar plums in the imaginations of car enthusiasts, art aficionados and gold diggers alike. More than just rolling art, Bugatti cars offer up performance that is mind blowing for the elite few who get the chance to experience them and cost more than enough to send aspiring arm candy into a tizzy.
With heritage dating back to 1900, the modern Bugatti has produced just two models, the mighty, Veyron
, capable of up to 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph) and the marginally faster Chiron
. A new model introduction from Bugatti is a very special thing indeed!
“The Divo has significantly higher performance in terms of lateral acceleration, agility and cornering. The Divo is made for corners.” Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann
While outright speed and acceleration/deceleration were the hallmarks of the brand’s previous models, the new Bugatti Divo has been developed to take automotive handling to a new level.
Introduced over the weekend in Monterey at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering event, the global premiere of the Divo provided some staggering numbers.
Powered by the brand’s now iconic 8.0 litre W16 engine, tuned to produce 1,479 horsepower, the Divo will be limited to a top speed of 380 km/h (236 mph). The focus on this car is handling and to that end, the Divo weighs 35 kilos less than the Chiron while generating a whopping 90 kg more downforce. As a result, the Divo generates a gut-wrenching 1.6 g of lateral acceleration.
To put another number on it, the Divo is an unbelievable 8 seconds faster than the Chiron around the famed Nardo test track in Italy.
Named after French Targa Florio winner Albert Divo, the newest Bugatti was designed to be immediately recognizable as a Bugatti and to be built totally in-house.
Ultra rare, the Divo was shown to a group of existing customers ahead of The Quail and all 40 copies were immediately sold. You read that correctly, even if you can afford the $7.5 Million CAD price tag, you can’t buy one!
In the small print of the press release, perhaps it is worth noting that the Divo returns just 35.2 l/100 km fuel economy. Not a big deal if you can afford the price of entry!