Bugatti Divo here after two years of development…

Bugatti Divo

Bugatti Divo

…at a cost of about 1.5 million grande lattes from Starbucks, or $5.4 million US.

According to Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti has had lengthy discussions – and above all  listened to their customers. Several of them were longing for an agile and corner-hungry car.  Most, I’m guessing, where looking for a way to engrave the sticker price into the driver and passenger doors, or at least have the ability to display their stock holdings on an inside window.

Why Bugatti decided to make a corner-hungry car is beyond me. A quick perusal of Bugattis for sale listed a 2010 with 443 miles, a 2014 with 1,110 miles and a 2008 with 8,161 miles meaning the average Bugatti owner’s hard cornering comes from the Moncao house to their yacht.

Reportedly, someone had to buy a Chiron to actually have a chance at a Divo.  Kind of makes having to own a couple of less glamorous Ferraris just to buy a SP1 seem reasonable.

Photo courtesy Business Insider

Photo courtesy Business Insider

But it seems the only way to improve on the “ultimate” hyper car is to make it, uh, ultimate-er.

The goal Bugatti set themselves: the Divo was to be very different from the Chiron – even more exclusive ($2 million dollars more) and designed to be more sporty and agile on bends, though without sacrificing comfort and supremacy.

Nuts and bolts: it is powered by the nearly 1,500 HP from the 8.0-litre W16 engine, which accelerates the Divo from 0 to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds. But the journey to get to this point – and beyond – had confronted the entire team with major challenges.  Yep, it’s still fast.  The question is, how fast.

Bugatti Divo

Bugatti Divo

To find out, engineers take the car out on various testing grounds, winding roads and race tracks such as the Nürburgring Nordschleife, testing the Divo in its three modes, “EB”, “Motorway” and “Handling” – adjusting the setup until agility could no longer be increased.  Test drivers for Bugatti claim 6 seconds faster around Nardo’s 6.2 kilometer test track.  Fast.

Bugatti Divo Interior

Bugatti Divo Interior

Bugatti Divo Wired For Testing

Bugatti Divo Wired For Testing

Within a few months an initial design model was created and presented to Chiron owners in Molsheim, France, with explanations provided in one-on-one discussions. “Every Divo customer owns a Chiron, knows what the brand stands for and is a true Bugatti enthusiast. Our customers instantly understood the sporty approach of the Divo and supported our project,” says Stephan Winkelmann proudly. The response has been overwhelming: all 40 Divo cars planned will immediately go to a new owner. “This is a great confirmation for the Bugatti team, who have developed this outstanding vehicle with a huge amount of heart and soul.”

You were wondering…it’s not the singing group,

Albert Divo was a French pilot and racing driver, and for some time also a works driver for Bugatti. Among other things, he won the Targa Florio in Sicily in 1928 and 1929 – a track with many bends. The legendary Targa Florio, which was held annually on a mountain track in Sicily up until 1977, was certainly one of the toughest endurance races of its time. Bugatti won the race five times in a row with the Type 35 – an agile and extremely sporty vehicle at that time. Just like the current Bugatti Divo.

Bugatti Divo Lest You Forget

Bugatti Divo Lest You Forget

With the Divo, Bugatti is reviving its famous coachbuilding tradition. “Coachbuilding is all about creating unique vehicles – individually tailored cars to suit personal tastes. The Divo perfectly embodies these values,” says Stephan Winkelmann.

Bugatti will begin deliveries to customers starting this year.

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