The Bugatti Divo

The Bugatti Divo


Stiffer, lighter and generally madder, meet the €5m, 236mph Bugatti Divo. Now let Magazine’s Jack Rix walk you round the limited-edition 1,479bhp super Chiron. Bugatti: Car Walkarounds: Chris Harris Drives: Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here. Make sure you’re subscribed to the official YouTube channel:

This is the Bugatti Devo, and if I seem a little bit twitchy today, it's because it is literally
the only one in existence. And it costs five million euros. Now, we're in a studio in Hamburg today but in a matter of hours
this thing is being crated up and shipped out to California
for its world debut. So, the fear of me tripping over
my own shoelaces and scratching this immaculate bodywork
is quite strong. Anyway, what you're looking at here is not necessarily an all-new model
for Bugatti, more of an extension of the Chiron
bloodlines. So, we've got a Chiron powertrain,
a Chiron chassis, and then there's this all new body
dropped on top that's quite a bit more aggressive. The mission with this car
was to make something that was lighter, that was stiffer, that had more downforce
than the Chiron. Essentially refocussing the car
on being even faster around corners. And it appears to have worked. Because around the 6.2 km loop, the handling track at Nardò
where they've been testing this thing, it a full eight seconds a lap quicker
than a Chiron. And before you ask, nope. There are no immediate plans to make an assault on the Nürburgring
lap record. As always with Bugatti the brand's
heritage has played a big part here. And the tradition of naming their cars
after racing drivers continues. Albert Divo was a French driver who won
the Targa Florio twice for Bugatti in the late 1920s. It also continues a tradition
of in-house coach building that was strong in Bugatti's early years, especially the 1930s, where they would drop unique bodies
onto an existing chassis. But enough about the past,
what about the present? As I mentioned earlier, you get
the same engine as the Chiron. So, an 8-litre, quad-turbo W16,
producing 1479 horsepower. It will do 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds. You get four-wheel drive, you get a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox, and top speed is where it starts
to get interesting because a Chiron is limited to 261 mph. A Divo is limited to 237.
And the reason for that is tyres because it produces an extra 90 kilograms
of downforce at top speed and the wheels have been given a degree
of negative camber. It just adds more pressure to the tyres. So that lower limit is simply a precaution
from Bugatti. What else is new?
Well, there's a sharper steering ratio, there's stiffer springs and dampers and the Chiron's weight has been slashed
by 35 kilograms. How do they do that? Well, with the carbon fibre
windscreen wipers from the Chiron sport, slightly thinner glass
for the rear windscreen, and special grooves that have been cut
into the spokes of the alloys. That saves a total of six kilograms. Oh, and carbon. Lots and lots of carbon. And what about this exterior design? The idea was that it had to be
immediately recognisable as a Bugatti. So, the horseshoe grill, the Bugatti line in the side profile, and the strong central fin will remain. But the design team also created
two distinct halves. A more elegant shape at the top and then more aggressive
and aero-focussed design lower down. My favourite angle has to be
the front end. It's where the most is going on and it's where it looks the most different
to the Chiron. Not least these new headlights. On the Chiron they're horizontal. Here, much longer, C-shaped,
pushed right to the edges of the car so really emphasising the car's width. You've got the classic horseshoe but you've got bigger air intakes
down here. You've got a much larger front splitter. This intake here, that's an S-duct, so that feeds even more air down
to cool the carbon ceramic brakes, a pressure vent on top of the arch
like the Porsche GT3 RS. This here is called the air curtain,
so that reduces turbulence, smooths the air as it passes over
the front wheel. More aeromadness down here. On the roof, this is what Bugatti calls
the NACA duct. This forces air down,
over the top of the engine, but it keeps it attached
all the way down the back of the car, so when it meets this massive
hydraulic wing at the back, it hits it square on.
It can do its job efficiently, and deliver all the downforce you need
in a car this powerful. Around the back, what can I say
about these tail lights. It's pure concept car made real. And then you've got this new finisher
on the quad exhaust down there, an even bigger split-diffuser. Is there too much going on?
Is it too busy? You'll have to make your own mind up
on that. Certainly, there's plenty to keep
your eyeballs interested. Here we are inside
the five million euro Bugatti Divo. To be honest, it's not that far removed
from the Chiron's interior, but there are differences. For starters, this new Divo blue colour has very much migrated its way
into the interior. There's also lots more Alcantara
because it's lighter than leather, and, as everyone knows, any car with racy intentions
must be slathered in Alcantara. These sport's seats, they're also
more deeply sculpted, presumably to hold your bum in place when you turn this thing in
at 237 mph. Honestly, though, if a Hypercar's job is
to make me feel like a giddy 15 year old, just from being anywhere near it, well… well done Divo.
Job done. It's time for some bad news now. Bugatti is only producing 40 of these cars although that is in addition
to the Chiron's 500 car production run. And they're all sold out. But before you get too upset,
you never really stood a chance. In order to be eligible to buy
one of these cars you had to already own a Chiron
in the first place. So that's a cool 7.5 million for the pair. Let's not talk about the cash,
we all know it's silly money. Instead, let's celebrate the lunacy
of this car and the fact that Bugatti has written
another stellar chapter in the history of the Hypercar.

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