Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Bugatti is building a new 'light and nimble' model called Divo

Bugatti is building a new 'light and nimble' model called Divo

Instead expect performance gains for the Diva to come from lighter body panels, increased downforce, more aggressive suspension and stickier tyres - your typical track day fare, if not your typical donor auto.

Bugatti has confirmed that a track-focused vehicle based on its Chiron hypercar, named Divo, is on the way.

The name Divo is also derived from Bugatti's past, named in honour of French racing driver Albert Divo, a two-time victor of the Targa Florio in the 1920s. Based on the requirements for such a race, the Bugatti Divo will be light and nimble and will boast enormous downforce and g-forces. Also, its "dynamic character will be underlined by a new, strong design language", says Bugatti.

The debut will take place at this year's The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering event, which is part of the Monterey Car Week festivities in California.

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Just 40 examples of the Divo will be built at a price of 5-million euro each, or about US$5.85 million, roughly twice the price of your typical Bugatti Chiron Sport.

With the Divo, Bugatti is reviving its coachbuilding tradition.

The Divo is expected to follow the Sport in getting no alterations to Bugatti's 1479bhp quad-turbo 8.0-litre W16, but lightweighting measures, downforce-boosting bodywork, upgraded suspension and other corner-friendly mechanical tweaks are confirmed.

Quotable: "Happiness is not around the corner. With this project, the Bugatti team has an opportunity to interpret the brand DNA in terms of agile, nimble handling in a significantly more performance-orientated way".

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