Back in late 90s, times of my mid-teenage years, a painful little from this mesmerizing world of auto’s percolated to my school library. But then whatever that did, it all kept talking about this one particular car. As if the whole of ’98 was won over by this British phenomena. It was the McLaren F1, and for the first time I could realize the ‘Halo’ that we far too frequently attach to almost every new supercar these days. And it wasn’t just a technological masterpiece, it also had performance that remained unmatched for far too long. Not to mention that brilliant three seat format and that utterly gorgeous design. Today, after all these years, I felt all those sensations all over again. Yup, that’s right. I am indeed talking about the new Bugatti Divo. And Boy! Is that thing Devine.
Yes, before you start mentioning the Veyron’s, La Ferrari’s, 918 Spyder’s of the world, it is important to understand that a car also needs to have a design that translates its true character. That is a game which has been mostly won by Lamborghini over the years. And No, for me at least, the Veyron was just too studious and the Chiron almost there, but not quite as visually tremor inducing as its performance. You see, ‘Halo’ is a mega honour that should be reserved for something that could pause the speaker in awe even after years have gone by. Something like the McLaren F1, and now, the Bugatti Divo.
The automotive world has had spectacularly lucky last couple of years on the mind bending performance front. The Chiron came about laying claim to the Veyron thrown with ease, while Koenigsegg Agera RS decided it had enough of the British family drama. Then there was that blink and you miss lap of Nurburgring by that insanely ferocious Porsche 919 Evo, something that is still hard to wrap around our senses to. And if I may, that electric VW IDR Pikes Peak single handily serving notice to every single person who didn’t think electrics could drop jaws in counts of millions.
Thus, I wonder, how the engineers and designers behind the Bugatti Divo would have decided to trump all that sheer (fabulous, captivating, thrilling, etc) lunacy going around. And for the first time I can safely say that there is a Bugatti that has unfathomably gorgeous design to match numbers that are just unreal.
Bugatti Divo – The Divinity in Numbers
Powered by the same 8-Liter Quad-Turbo W16 engine that has a peak power output of 1479bhp and planet churning 1600Nm of peak torque. This firepower combined by a 35kg weight reduction that has mostly arrived in the unsprung mass catapults this 1960kg Halo-car from 0-60mph in 2.3 seconds. Still, the Bugatti Divo has a top speed limited to 237mph, a significant drop from Chiron’s 261mph. However, it is not the outright top-speed for which this new god of cars has been created. For it is the corners that the Bugatti Divo is supposed to devour and at speeds and precision a car of its size and weight have no right to do.
To achieve this along with the lowered mass, the rear wing got bigger by 23 percent. Then there is the front splitter that is both larger and more effective just like that stunning and outrageously pronounced rear diffuser. All this translates into 90kg of extra downforce over the ‘standard’ Chiron. The downforce is now at a staggering 456kg. The already beyond capable Chiron chassis has been stiffened along with its supporting springs, anti-roll bars and dampers. On ground this has transformed the Bugatti Divo into a monster that generates 1.6g through the corners! This sheer madness can be understood by the fact that the Divo did the Nardo’s Handling Circuit lap 8 seconds faster than a Chiron. Let THAT sink in.
Bugatti Divo – How is it from the command center?
However, it is still a Bugatti and it means it has to offer luxury that can use used an adjective. The sporty cornering techno-magic means you get deeper more supportive bucket seats. There is acres of Alcantara replacing the ‘heavier’ leather that makes you wonder why we need leather upholstery in these times even. That special Blue hue to the interiors makes the cabin ambiance sportier, regally so. Quite fitting one would say, since the car has been named after racing driver Alberto Divo. He had earned Bugatti a few of its race victories of the bygone era, evidently wining over many corners while on the way.
Also, since it is a Bugatti and a mega-car to be precise, it is going to be ultra-rare and super exquisite. How rare you might ask, only 40 units in total. Saying that, each one of those 40 units has been priced at £4.5 Million. And even if you have that much of money lying around spare, you still cannot get to have it in your garage. This is because Bugatti will sell it to you only when you already have a Chiron. And then, there is a minor issue of it being sold out. What? You thought you are the only rich bloke around?
Like the Title said – The Bugatti Divo is our new Car Love and we reckon it should be yours as well. Have a look at the glorious pictures of this ‘Halo’ car below and let us know what you think of it.