When just an oil change on a Bugatti costs $20k, the term ‘unobtainable’ springs easily to mind. Especially for the Chiron, which is technically the most expensive production car in the world. I say ‘technically’ because there’s an even pricier car based on the Chiron: the Bugatti Divo. And Doug Demuro recently took a look at one that cost roughly $8 million.
The Bugatti Divo is “a Chiron designed for corners,” Road & Track reports
The Bugatti Divo may be based on the Chiron, Road & Track reports, but it has a slightly different mission. While the Chiron has a greater focus on handling than its predecessor the Veyron, the Divo is more focused still. That focus is most obviously demonstrated on the hypercar’s exterior.
The Bugatti Divo’s adjustable and active rear wing is larger than the Chiron’s wing and doesn’t retract, Automobile reports. Its front splitter and rear diffuser are redesigned from the ones on the Chiron. Bugatti also redesigned the Chiron’s side panels to send more air to the Divo’s larger wing, The Drive reports. Plus, there’s a functional roof-mounted NACA air duct, extra brake cooling ducts, and a vertical rear-mounted fin, Car and Driver reports. As a result of all these changes, the Divo makes almost 200 more pounds of downforce at speed.
As with the Dodge Viper ACR, the Bugatti Divo’s advanced aero comes at the expense of top speed. Like the Chiron, the Divo has an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine sending 1479 hp and 1180 lb-ft to all four wheels. But it’s only 77 pounds lighter than the Chiron, MotorTrend reports. And with the aero, the Divo won’t hit the Chiron’s 261-mph top speed. Instead, it maxes out at ‘just’ 236 mph.
However, as with the ACR, the Bugatti Divo swaps the top speed for handling prowess. According to Bugatti, the Divo is 8 seconds a lap faster around the Nardo circuit than the Chiron, Autoweek reports. And as Doug Demuro and MT explain, the relatively-low weight-savings stems from the hypercar’s requisite luxury touches.
Watch Doug Demuro detail what makes a Bugatti Divo sell for $8 million
Technically, the Bugatti Divo starts at $5.8 million, The Drive reports. But factor in options, further customization, and the 1-of-40 rarity, and the price goes up. Hence why the Divo Doug Demuro recently toured costs $8 million.
But what does such a high price tag get you? For one, taillights that, to paraphrase Demuro, look more like a modern art installation. The Divo also has carbon-fiber windshield wipers and 3D-printed exhaust tips, Motor1 reports. And due to all the intakes and aero elements, the Divo’s headlights are noticeably different than the Chiron’s headlights.
Then there’s the interior. The doors have built-in aero features, and like the seats and dashboard, come with swathes of Alcantara and carbon fiber. The seats are well-bolstered and, like the rest of the Divo, fully customizable, Car and Driver reports. But the stock interior color scheme is rather unusual. It’s asymmetric: the driver’s side has a different color scheme than the passenger’s side, Car and Driver reports. An ambient light strip separates the two sides, though it also bisects the rear window.
Interestingly, while the seats are power-adjustable, they have manual forward/backward controls. Plus, the mirror controls appear to be the same ones used in mass-market Volkswagens. And despite costing $8 million, the Bugatti Divo lacks ADAS systems and an infotainment system. However, there is one seemingly simplistic touch that’s more welcome: the center console.
Instead of a touchscreen, which could seem dated in a few years’ time, the Bugatti Divo has several physical dials to control the HVAC system and heated seats. But each dial has its own built-in screen to display relevant information, such as interior temperature and fan speed. And if you hold down the heated seat button, the dials change to display things like current speed, RPMs, and gear.
The Bugatti Divo does have an audio system, though customers can delete it if they desire. But due to the lack of a center screen, its and the navigation system’s displays are located in the driver’s gauge display.
What’s it like to drive?
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Besides the aero features, the Bugatti Divo also has lighter wheels than the Chiron, and stiffer suspension, Top Gear reports. And while its top speed is slower, it has a similar 0-60 mph time: 2.4 seconds, Hagerty reports. To paraphrase Doug Demuro, even at half-throttle, it feels like your eyeballs are being pushed back into your head.
But it’s still a luxurious and “exquisitely built” vehicle, Top Gear reports. Although it has less sound deadening than the Chiron, the Divo is still impressively quiet on the road, Demuro reports. And despite the ludicrous amount of power, at ordinary speeds, it’s no more difficult to drive than a Volkswagen Golf, Top Gear reports.
Its handling is similarly impressive. The well-weighted steering has good feedback, and the AWD and tires deliver tons of grip. There’s no body roll, but even on pockmarked roads, that never translates to a harsh ride.
So, yes, for an $8 million Bugatti Divo, ‘hypercar’ is not hyperbole.
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