The exclusive brand announced Thursday that despite this pandemic, Bugatti was forced to close its French plant, and the automaker began shipping the limited-edition Divo supercar.
Bugatti did not say how long the 40 car chain would take, but said deliveries would start this year, so final deliveries would be expected in 2021 or later. The brand also did not reveal customer identity.
The Divo was introduced during Monterrey car Week 2018 and is based on the current Bugatti Chiron, but was developed to emphasize handling and speed in a straight line. Following the tradition of Chiron and Veyron, the Divo is named after a Bugatti racing driver. Albert Divo started driving for Bugatti in 1928 and took two wins for Targa Florio during his career.
“The Divo is made for corners,” said Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann before the car was unveiled. To make this claim a reality, the engineers reduced the weight by 77 pounds and added 198 pounds of downforce through a redesigned body.
The redesigned front contains a large front spoiler, while the rear spoiler is 23% wider than the Chiron. As with the Chiron and Veyron, the rear wing can also act as a compressed air brake. Bugatti also installed a NACA duct in the roof to increase cooling and new front air intakes to reduce the car’s effective cross-sectional area.
Bugatti has maintained the Chiron’s 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16, which produces 1,480 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. Accelerating from 0 to 60 mph takes 2.5 seconds, according to Bugatti, just like the Chiron.
The Divo’s top speed shows that Bugatti is serious about its driving ethics. It is limited to 236 mph (the Chiron has cracked 300 mph), which is partly due to the increased incline. However, the Divo can also throw 1.6 G in corners, making it eight seconds faster than the Chiron on the Italian Nardò circuit. This is an enormous improvement given the short distance of 1.74 miles from the route.
In recent months, Bugatti has prepared the Divo for production and, like any other car, has subjected the super sports car to a series of extreme weather tests. The automaker sees the divo as a return to the tradition of cars built by coaches, since the car has a new body on an existing platform. Body building was common in Bugatti’s heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, and many cars were fitted with custom-made bodies made by third parties or by Bugatti itself.
The price of the divo is $ 5.8 million, but the full production of 40 units has already sold out.