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Bugatti Divo Unveiled: French automotive manufacturer, Bugatti has officially unveiled their new limited-edition hypercar – the Divo. The car is named after Bugatti's legendary racing driver, Albert Divo, who've won many races including the Targa Florio in the 1920s. Limited to just 40 units, this Bugatti Divo is actually slower than the Chiron on which it is based!
Starting from the looks, the new Bugatti Divo has got an out-of-the-world styling with a host of aerodynamic body elements without hindering the traditional C-shape silhouette. Carbon fibre forms the majority of the car's body and further lightweighting techniques have been carried out across. As a result, the Bugatti Divo is 35 kilograms lighter than the Chiron.
At the front, the agile design still revolves around the iconic horseshoe grille. There are a lot of ducts and dams to channel air through and away from the car; intake, cooling and aerodynamics being the priority. The Titanium Liquid Silver paint finish highlights every detail of the hypercar while the front splitter has been finished in the gorgeous Divo Racing Blue shade, extending to the tyre walls and the interiors as well.
The headlamps look unlike anything else in the automotive world, deflecting in an angular ‘C' pattern and meeting the louvres on the front fenders. NACA ducts also play a crucial role in the car's dynamics.
The side profile, to an extent, looks similar to the Bugatti Chiron but is evidently sharper. The car rides quite low to the ground and the large five-spoke alloy wheels look really good. The central fin that grows from the roof towards the rear gives a sense of motion even while the car is stationary.
Being a limited-production car, attention to detail was given high priority; evident from the French flag on the side skirts.
Meanwhile the rear profile has got the most drama. Starting with the large active wing, the Bugatti Divo's entire rear section is the most explicit display of form and function. The embossing diffuser holds a central quad-exhaust unit and two individual tips towards the inner side. But the best centre of attraction should be the tail lamps – LED pellets which die into the mesh grille.
In typical Bugatti fashion, the interiors of the Divo are well-appointed with exquisite materials. The steering has got some extra buttons to control the car's behaviour while the rest of the interiors look identical to that of Chiron. The carbon fibre tub is covered by an extensive usage of Alcantara; Divo Racing Blue plus black being the overall visual theme. The speedometer reads till 500km/h too.
The seats are really light but don't compromise on either comfort or support and are separated by the ‘C' wall like in the Chiron. The seats might probably cost more than an average Indian car too.
Powering this epitome of automotive performance is the same 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine which makes 1479bhp and 1600Nm of torque. The powerplant comes mated to a new race-derived transmission which sends the power to all four wheels.
All these factors sum up to an unparalleled lateral acceleration of 1.6 g.
The drivetrain can propel the car to a limited top speed of 380km/h. Though it is still a high figure, the Divo is slower than the Bugatti Chiron which has a limited top speed of 420km/h. The Bugatti Chiron was once even the fastest car to do a 0 – 400 – 0 km/h speed run.
But being slower doesn't make it any less extreme. Bugatti engineers have concentrated less on straight-line performance unlike usual. In fact, they claim that the new Bugatti Divo is "built for corners".
Thoughts On The New Bugatti Divo
The Bugatti Divo is the most technically-advanced product the brand has ever made. Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti shares, "To date, a modern Bugatti has represented a perfect balance between high performance, straight-line dynamics and luxurious comfort. Within the possibilities, we have shifted the balance in the case of the Divo further towards lateral acceleration, agility and cornering."
For those wondering how much it costs, the Bugatti Divo retails at a starting price of five million euros (roughly Rs 40 crore). But even if you have that kind of money, you still can't buy it. Because, all the 40 units have already been sold!