After two years of intensive development, Bugatti has begun delivery of their ungodly 1500hp Divo hypercar. The follow up to the Chiron takes the world-famous 8L W16 engine from its 304 mph older brother, and aims for unrivalled agility, as opposed to uncompromising top speed. In doing so, it trimmed eight whole seconds off the Chiron’s Nardo handling circuit time.
The engineers behind the Divo shed 35 kg (77 lb) of weight by removing insulation and replacing the wheels and cooler covers. Then they went on to rework the suspension and chassis, adding 90 kg (198 lb) of downforce compared to the Chiron. All the while, utilizing the same quad-turbocharged W16 nuclear reactor of an engine pushing 1,600 nm (1180 lb-ft) of torque. This combo yields a 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) of 2.4 seconds!
Importantly, the Divo doesn’t have the top speed of its predecessor. At the request of Chiron owners, whose feedback underscored the importance of handling, Bugatti limited the top speed. All told, it still goes 236 mph (380 km/h), and looks damn good while doing so. Maybe if Bugatti feels inclined, they will decrease the limiting of speed further down the road.
So naturally, you’re reaching for your checkbook right now. Well, forget that. Not only is Bugatti asking around $5 million for the Divo, but they’re also all spoken for. It didn’t take long to sell out either, since they only intended to make 40 of them. Of course, I’m sure they would sell you a poster if you asked nicely.