The Bugatti Divo has been unveiled at “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” in Monterey, California. Based on the Chiron, the Divo – named after Albert Divo, a French racing driver who was a two-time winner of the famous Targa Florio race with Bugatti in the late 1920s – has been tuned for agility, nimbleness and optimum handling performance on winding roads, according to the French carmaker.

No changes to Bugatti’s 8.0 litre W16 engine with 1,500 PS, but the aerodynamics have been fine-tuned along with the suspension and chassis settings. As a result, the Divo is 35 kg lighter and has 90 kg more downforce than the Chiron. Lateral acceleration has been boosted to 1.6g, and maximum speed is limited to 380 km/h. With the mods, the Divo can lap the Nardo handling circuit in Italy eight seconds faster than the Chiron.

“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. The Bugatti team was also very eager to implement a project like this,” said Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann, the former Lamborghini chief.

Bugatti then decided to build a super sports car with a different character from the Chiron which would still be immediately recognisable as a Bugatti. With the Divo, the company famous for the Veyron and now Chiron is also reviving its coachbuilding tradition. In its first few decades, the French luxury brand had considerable success with bodies built to its own design and installed on existing chassis.

“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. The Divo is made for bends,” Winkelmann said.

“The feedback from our customers was overwhelming. We showed the Divo to a small group of selected Chiron customers. All 40 cars were sold immediately – this was fantastic confirmation for the Bugatti team which had put so much dedication and passion into the project,” he added.

Yes, you heard it from the boss himself. All 40 units of the Divo have been sold at €5 million (RM23.8 million) each to existing Chiron owners. So, just settle for the Chiron Sport, OK?

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