Since the historic marque was revived in the 1980s, Bugatti has been all about excess, so the company doesn’t rest on its laurels even after it creates a vehicle as insane and over the top as the wild Chiron. That hypercar is being taken to even hyper-er heights with a new spinoff called the Divo. With key modifications to its body and chassis, the Divo promises sharper handling due to its lower weight, retuned suspension, and amped-up aerodynamics.
Even though the Divo shares many mechanicals with the Chiron, its more sculpted bodywork ensures that the two cars are easily distinguishable. Many of the new design elements are functional, including additional air inlets at the front, the NACA air inlet on the roof, the larger adjustable rear spoiler that can serve as an air brake, and the fin along the center of the car. Bugatti says that the Divo’s overall aerodynamic package adds 198 pounds of downforce compared with the Chiron.
The Divo’s top speed is limited to 236 mph, 25 mph lower than the Chiron’s, but even so, Bugatti claims that the Divo goes around the Nardò handling circuit in Italy eight seconds quicker. Although the tires, brakes, and the 1500-hp quad-turbo W-16 engine are unchanged, the Divo does benefit from additional wheel camber, retuned steering, and revised driving modes that include EB, Autobahn, and Handling settings.
While plenty of the Divo’s exterior changes serve aerodynamic purposes, other design elements are flights of fancy. The rear grille is made up of a cluster of 3D-printed fins, 44 of which light up to form the taillights. The headlights are also entirely different than the Chiron’s, with a tiny horizontal LED strip that serves as the actual headlight and a large daytime running light that wraps around it to give the Divo a distinctive light signature.
To cut out 77 pounds of mass compared with the Chiron, Bugatti incorporated lighter wheels, a carbon-fiber intercooler cover, and a lighter audio system. It also removed some of the sound-deadening materials and reduced the size of a few stowage compartments in the cabin. The interior is otherwise mostly similar to that of the Chiron, although it incorporates its own distinctive elements such as matte carbon-fiber trim, faux suede in a bright Divo Racing Blue hue, specially developed seats with more aggressive bolstering, and larger shift paddles on the steering wheel.
The Divo also is even more exclusive than the Chiron: Bugatti plans to produce only 40 copies, and no you can’t have one. They’re all already sold to 40 extremely wealthy people who each pledged $5.8 million for the privilege of owning one of these extremely special vehicles.