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Bugatti Divo: the hypercar ‘made for bends’

Published: 05 March 2019

► New Bugatti Dino hypercar
► Trick aero and blistering power
► €5m a pop and just 40 made

The next hyper-extreme Bugatti is here: this is the Divo, named after two-time Targa Florio winner, Albert Divo.

Bugatti’s new hypercar is powered by the same 8.0-litre W16 engine as the Chiron, cranking out 1500PS, or 1480bhp in old money, with a top speed limited to 236mph.

Bugatti Divo at Geneva 2019 - front view

But it’s not about the engine, here – the Divo is designed to be a better drivers car than the Chiron. Bugatti’s boss, Stephan Winkelmann says the Divo is ‘made for corners’ due to a copious amount of dynamic tweaks.

So, the Divo is 35kg lighter and has up to 90kg more downforce than the Chiron – 456kg in total. The wide front splitter guides more air to the cooling system, air flows through vents in the headlights and out of slats in the front wings and even the roof is designed to create an air duct. The rear spoiler is 1.83 metres (72 inches) wide – 23% wider than the Chiron’s wing – and the rear diffuser is more pronounced and houses a baby pipe organ of four tailpipes.

Bugatti Divo interior

Since the Divo was meant to be a better car to drive, Bugatti has tweaked the steering to give a more immediate response over the Chiron, increased the camber on the wheels and has omitted the ‘top speed’ mode seen on the Divo’s sister car. EB, Autobahn and Handling are the three drive modes.

One particular highlight on the exterior is the 3D-effect rear lights. A total of 44 individual fins light up, with thicker fins towards the outer sides and thinner ones towards the centre for a blended effect.

Inside, some of the storage compartments have been removed and Alcantara upholstery can be seen on loads of the interior surfaces. There’s a two-tone colour layout that mixes ‘Divo Racing Blue’ with ‘Divo Grey’.

The Divo isn’t just a track toy, either. Although not yet, Bugatti says the new hypercar will be homologated as a road car – something the 40 Chrion owners that stumped up €5m a pop will appreciate.

Check out our Bugatti Chiron review

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches