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20th of July 2018

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Bugatti Divo hypercar teased ahead of August reveal

Bugatti has teased the new Divo: a limited-run hypercar which, when launched, will be priced from €5 million.

Details about the new model remain scarce for now, but the marque claims a focus of less weight and high downforce are the priority for the Divo, making this a Bugatti that, unlike the Chiron and the Veyron before it, will be less about the straights and more about the corners.

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Considering it’s expected to share the Chiron’s 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine, outright performance shouldn’t be lacking though. Maximum power should be somewhere in the region of 1,479bhp and torque at 1600Nm, enough for a top speed which, despite the Divo’s increased downforce relative to the Chiron, should still be well north of 230mph. Acceleration figures should be a match for the Chiron too, so a circa-2.5 second 0-62mph time is likely.

Like the engine, the Divo’s carbon tub will be borrowed from the Chiron. However, Bugatti makes reference to reviving the coachbuilding tradition of its early years, so expect a unique appearance from the outside.

It remains to be seen how the Divo will shed the pounds relative to the Chiron. The Chiron’s more hardcore variant, the Chiron Sport, took measures including thinner glass and a carbon fibre windscreen wiper to save weight.

In an official statement, Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann that with the Divo, the brand aims to “thrill people throughout the world,” and that it gives Bugatti the chance to “interpret the brand DNA in terms of agile, nimble handling in a significantly more performance-oriented way.”

Limited to just 40 units, the name is a reference to Albert Divo, a French racing driver who piloted a Bugatti Type 35 to a pair of Targa Florio victories in 1928 and 1929.

The Divo is due to be unveiled at ‘The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering’ in Monterey, California on 24 August.

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