Trimming the fat on a four-wheeled heavyweight

The Bugatti Chiron exceeds at excess. The speed, the power, the price… any way you slice it, the Chiron is way over the top. However, despite this overarching emphasis on velocity, the Chiron was never a particularly agile vehicle, instead relying on its mammoth grip and high-tech AWD system to move the mass around an apex. Now, however, it looks like that might change, as the top bug is gearing up for a fresh limited-run edition that emphasizes cornering in a whole new way.

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Note: standard Bugatti Chiron pictured here.

Critically, the new limited edition will carry much less weight, which is a pretty big deal when you consider the standard Chiron tips the scales at 4,400 pounds.

The Bugatti Chiron is widely considered one of the fastest, most technically fantastic machines on the face of the planet. However, this new
iteration promises “significantly better handling properties,” with sharper corner agility and ever greater levels of downforce.

Critically, the new limited edition will also carry much less weight, which is a pretty big deal when you consider the standard Chiron tips the scales at 4,400 pounds, while the Chiron Sport weighs 4,360 pounds.

The sprightlier Chiron will be called the Divo, a name plucked from Bugatti’s motorsport history. More specifically, it comes from Albert Divo, the two-time Targa Florio race winner who took home the gold in 1928 and 1929, collecting each accolade from behind the wheel of a Bugatti Type 35.

“Happiness is not around the corner. It is the corner. The Divo is made for corners,” said Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. president Stephan Winkelmann.

Bugatti Teases New Limited Edition Model of the Chiron Named “Divo”
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“Happiness is not around the corner. It is the corner. The Divo is made for corners,” said Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. president Stephan Winkelmann.

In addition to the revamped handling, the Divo will sport a new design as well. And although we don’t know what it’ll look like (all we have to go off is a little stitching on some Alcantara and a carbon fiber slab), Bugatti did say it’s “reviving its coachbuilding tradition,” so it’s possible the exterior will differ significantly from the current Chiron.

Maybe not though - the Chiron is already pretty wild looking, so perhaps a set of large GT-style wings will be sufficient to round out the exterior upgrades. We certainly hope that isn’t the case, though.

As for the engine package, the standard Bugatti Chiron comes with an 8.0-liter W-16 pumped full of air from a quad-set of turbochargers. The run to 60 mph takes about 2.5 seconds, while max velocity is pegged at 236 mph, or 261 while in “Top Speed” mode.

We’d expect the same powerplant in the Divo, but with a quicker 0-to-60 mph time due to the weight cut, plus a lower top speed due to the extra downforce.

Only 40 examples of the Divo will be made, and it’s likely most are already spoken for by now. Each will cost 5 million euros, or about $5.87 million at current exchange rates. For the sake of comparison, the standard Chiron costs about $2.82 million.

Expect a full public debut next month at The Quail during Monterey Car Week. TopSpeed will be on the scene, so look for exclusive content and coverage.

Further Reading

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Bugatti Chiron 2.3 Seconds

Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.

The Buggati Chiron Sport Weighs Less, Gets Carbon Fiber Wipers and a New Exhaust Layout; Costs an Extra $1 Million Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron Sport.

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Press release

Its lighter weight and agility, higher downforce and greater g-forces
promise significantly better handling properties
Distinctive new design underlines driving dynamics
Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann: “With the Divo, we want to thrill
people throughout the world.”
The Bugatti Divo is named after Albert Divo, the French racing driver who
won the famous Targa Florio mountain race twice for Bugatti
Divo is a reminiscence of the brand’s coachbuilding tradition
Bugatti Divo to be made in a limited series of only 40 vehicles
Net price to be €5 million
Bugatti to present the Divo as a world premiere on 24 August at “The Quail
– A Motorsports Gathering“ in California, USA

Bugatti is working on a new model, the Bugatti Divo, named after Albert Divo, the French racing driver who won the famous Targa Florio race on a mountainous circuit in Sicily for Bugatti twice in the late 1920s. Based on the requirements for such a race, the Bugatti Divo will be light and nimble and will boast enormous downforce and gforces. The result will be outstanding handling properties and the dynamic character of the car will be underlined by a new, strong design language.

“Happiness is not around the corner. It is the corner. The Divo is made for corners,” says
Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

“With the Divo, we want to thrill people throughout the world,” the Bugatti President continues. “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-oriented way.”

With the Divo, Bugatti is reviving its coachbuilding tradition. In the first decades of its history,
the French luxury brand had considerable success with bodies designed in-house under the
leadership of Jean Bugatti and installed on existing chassis.

The Divo is being made in a limited series of only 40 vehicles. The net price is €5 million.
Bugatti plans to unveil the Divo as a world premiere at 11:20 a.m. (local time) on 24 August 2018 on the lawn at the renowned event “The Quail – A Motorsports Gathering“ in California, USA.

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