When you’re perhaps the planet’s number one brand for ultra luxury sports cars, it’s potentially difficult to add another rung to the ladder. But then, it’s something that Bugatti has done before, and is doing again.
For a scheduled official unveiling at the fabled “The Quail – A Motorsports Gathering” on August 24, the Bugatti Divo is the latest in a mind bending range of supercars from this historic Italian nameplate. The Quail is held on the Monterey Peninsula at the base of the Santa Lucia mountains. It’s one of the very few events of its kind and is regarded as a must attend for those that with ultra discerning taste.
The Divo itself is an acknowledgment of Albert Divo, a French born driver that represented and won for Bugatti at the legendary Targa Florio in Sicily in the late 1920s. Divo was more than a talented driver: with a win at the 1923 Grand Prix in Spain and a hard fought second in the European Grand Prix, Divo was seen as a go-to driver by many, including Bugatti.
It’s appropriate, then, that Bugatti will use his name for what promises to be a more track focused car than the already mental Chiron. With a chassis that is said to use the same engine package, being an 8.0L W16 layout and with four turbochargers that delivers 1100kW and 1600Nm, and a design with an emphasis on higher levels of down-force and G-force cornering, the Divo will emphasise driving dynamics.
True drivers understand the appeal of long, sweeping, corners, with that connection between man and machine being felt throughout the body. Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. agrees, saying: “Happiness is not around the corner. It is the corner. The Divo is made for corners.”
With a mooted price tag of five million Euro or USD$5.85 million, the Bugatti Divo will be one of the rarest new cars ever made. Just forty cars will be built.