PURVEYOR of ultra-fast automobiles, Bugatti, is building a new monster for the world to drool over, with an enigmatic variation of the mighty Chiron in the works that hunts corners not horizon.
No technical details have yet been revealed but the iconic brand has at least started the hype machine with the announcement its coach-built machine will wear the moniker Divo, honouring pre-war grand prix racer Albert Divo, who won the Targa Florio twice for Bugatti in the 1920s.
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Unlike the Chiron and Veyron, the Divo usurps the traditional top-speed focus of previous Bugatti hardware, and is instead engineered to attack apexes at with more vigour than its straight-line speed siblings.
Bugatti claims the Divo will “be light and nimble and will boast enormous downforce and G-forces” and have “outstanding” handling.
Each Divo will be built atop the same chassis and powertrain as the Chiron, which means the limited-edition Bugatti will be afforded 1102kW of shove to attack corners with, although the engineers might not be able to resist turning up the taps a little further.
The Divo will reportedly cost $7.9m to buy, is limited to just 40 cars globally, and is due to be revealed to the world at California’s Quail motorsport meet in California.
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We are sure the world’s ultra-rich will be waiting with open cheque books in hand.
Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann said the Divo will help Bugatti break free of the V max prism within which it is most often viewed.
“With the Divo we want to thrill people throughout the world,” he explained.
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“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.”
Albert Divo once competed against a plane in a Bugatti T51 to promote the new Circuit de Montlhery in 1932 but , unfortunately, the plane won. Time for a modern-day rematch?