Stephan Winkelmann moved from Lamborghini to Bugatti to run the show in Molsheim, and this is the result of his magic touch, the new AED21m 2019 Bugatti Divo limited to just 40 examples worldwide
You’re probably aware by now that the folk over in Molsheim tend to exaggerate things. For example, their idea of adequate performance sits somewhere in the region of 1,500 horsepower. Likewise, their idea of a lightweight track car is the new 2019 Bugatti Divo, which weighs in at a scant 1,960kg…
Based on the AED10 million Chiron, the Bugatti Divo is a completely different looking coachbuilt special destined for just 40 very lucky and very wealthy customers (nay, collectors…) who will each have to cough up over AED21 million ($5.8m) for the privilege of owning one of these hypercars.
Bugatti isn’t ignorant. The boutique manufacturer knows exactly what they’re doing. Namely, making cars for autobahn blasts and valet car parks. With the Divo the brief was quite different.
“To date, a modern Bugatti has represented a perfect balance between high performance, straight-line dynamics and luxurious comfort. Within our possibilities, we have shifted the balance in the case of the Divo further towards lateral acceleration, agility and cornering,” said the company’s boss Stephan Winkelmann. “The Divo is made for corners.“
Winkelmann recently jumped ship from VW-owned Lamborghini to VW-owned Bugatti to take charge in Molsheim, and his first port of call was this mental hypercar true to his form. “When I took up my position at Bugatti at the beginning of the year, I soon learnt that our customers and fans were waiting for a special vehicle which would tell a further story for the brand in addition to the Chiron,” said Winkelmann. “The Bugatti team was also very eager to implement a project like this.”
This is why compared to the Chiron it’s based, the Divo keeps the 16-cylinder quad-turbocharged 1,500bhp engine, but comes in 35kg lighter with 90kg more downforce which makes it eight seconds faster around the Volkswagen Group’s Nardo handling circuit in Italy. That’s pretty significant, because that piece of road is just over six kilometers long incorporating 16 corners, so you could say the Divo is half a second quicker through each bend than the Chiron.
And since it’s made to actually turn, the Divo’s maximum speed has been capped at a paltry 380km/h (the Chiron will do 420km/h), which to be fair is still 30km/h faster than most supercars on the market such as the new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ that’s the fastest production car to ever lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
To come up with the extra downforce BUgatti’s designers and engineers completely redesigned the body with a new front spoiler, bigger air intakes to improve cooling capacity, and extra air flow towards the brakes. The rear end is dominated by an adjustable wing that doubles up as an air brake, and at 1.83 meters wide it’s roughly a quarter wider than the Chiron’s spoiler. In total, the combined aero trickery adds up to 456 kilograms of downforce, whereas the Chiron can only generate 366kg. All that is good enough for pretty ballsy cornering since the Divo can generate 1.6 g through the turns. Don’t forget to breathe…