Whether supercar manufacturer Bugatti expected such a quick sell out of its Bugatti Divo is unknown. What we know, however, is that the forty pieces produced sold out as soon as they rolled off the mill.
At the event in which the $5.8 million supercar was introduced to the public, Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann correctly hinted that “The Divo is made for bends.”
By all standards, the Divo is a significantly upgraded machine, an earth rocket picking from 0-100km in just 2.4 seconds. Perhaps it is such speeds that motivated its creator to include four independent air sources to cool down the brakes, with the roof further designed to allow in more air intake.
Although its sisters the Chiron and Veryon can cruise at well beyond the 400 km mark, the Divo it is still eight seconds faster than both and features an 8.0-litre engine with four turbochargers. Isn’t this the true character of a supercar? No doubt it is.
Having shed at least 35 kgs through suspension and chassis adjustment, Bugatti Divo’s ability to negotiate sharp bends at mind-bogglingly speeds must leave spectators with wide-open mouths. Other exterior adjustments that make the Divo a road monster include a larger front splitter, a modified lateral acceleration at 1.6 g, and vertically inclined LED headlights.
If you get hold of one, you will enjoy a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Had Albert Divo, the French racer after whom the hypercar is named been alive, he would no doubt have proudly sat on the Alcantara interior upholstery and competed stoically in yet another international competition.
That Bugatti honored its fallen rider by naming a rare, spectacular and top-performing vehicle after him sends a strong message on building and preserving a legacy. In the 1920s, Albert won the Targa Floria race in Sicily twice for Bugatti and it is, therefore, befitting that this super machine pays tribute to him.