Bugatti unveils new Chiron-based hypercar called Divo

New Divo gets bespoke styling, enhanced aerodynamics and a potential 600 million baht price tag if brought over to Thailand officially.

Is Divo actually a name of someone?

Welcome to the Divo, Bugatti’s latest creation spun off from the Chiron hypercar.

And yes, it is named after Albert Divo, a Frenchman who won the Targa Florio in the 1920s twice for one of the world’s most exotic nameplates.

The Divo isn’t just a go-faster or dressed-up derivative of the Chiron. Thanks to Bugatti’s coachbuilding unit, designers have been given more freedom in developing the Divo.

Although the body structure is essentially Chiron fanfare, the Divo gets bespoke exterior parts like the bumpers, lights, fenders, doors and exhaust pipes. Note that how Chiron’s horseshoe-like profile has been toned down in the Divo.

Despite wearing different apparel, the two Bugattis share the same heart: 1,500hp 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16.

Can it be any better to drive than the Chiron?

That’s what Bugatti is emphasising in the Divo. Rather than talking about outright performance, they are hollering and enhanced agility and lateral acceleration. In other words, Bugatti says the Divo is “made for corners”.

The Divo gets enhanced aerodynamics thanks to bits aiding for better air-flow. There’s also a bigger rear spoiler that, together with the other modifications, help increase downforce by 90kg.

Overall weight of the Divo is claimed to drop by 35kg courtesy of lighter wheels, less noise insulation and omission of stow compartments in the cabin.

Bugatti hasn’t mentioned whether the Divo betters the Chiron’s 0-100kph time of 2.5sec. However, it’s claimed that the Divo is 8sec quicker around the high-speed Nardo track in southern Italy.

Like in the Veyron predecessor, outright top speed was a selling point in the Chiron. But Bugatti has decided to lower the limited top speed from 420kph down to 380kph for the Divo due to some changes in the suspension geometry designed for cornering ability rather than straight-line capability.

And why does it cost so much?

Apart from exclusivity (OK, Bugatti is owned by the Volkswagen Group), the Divo is an expensive car to make due to its unique metal work and limited production number of 40 worldwide.

And you’ve guessed it right: they’re sold out, all at once during a closed-door session for potential customers with each costing five million baht euros (almost 200 million baht, double that of what Bugatti asks for the Chiron). 

But if you want one on Thai roads, you have to pay 400 million baht to the taxman too. That’s right: the Divo costs about 600 million baht in total if brought over to Thailand properly.


Article source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/auto/news/1528314/bugatti-unveils-new-chiron-based-hypercar-called-divo

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