Bugatti Divo Review: A Chiron For The Track

Model Overview

As if building some of the fastest cars on planet Earth wasn't enough, Bugatti has decided to make the Chiron handle even better. With more scoops, intakes, and wings than the batmobile, the Bugatti Divo, named after famed 1920s race car driver Albert Divo, drops the top speed in exchange for better cornering ability. Bugatti has made extensive changes to the exterior design and chassis setup of this Chiron-based car and the end results speak for themselves: the Divo will lap the Nardo circuit in the South of Italy a whole eight seconds faster than the Chiron. The Divo makes use of the same 1,479-horsepower W16 monstrosity of an engine, which is more than a handful for almost any track. The interior retains the same features as found on the Chiron, but gets an in-your-face Divo Racing Blue color scheme that's straight out of a late 90s music video about a guy who likes blue stuff. The Divo goes up against cars such as the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and Koenigsegg Jesko.

🚙What's New?

Bugatti's Divo is a track-focused mid-engined hypercar that is named after French racing driver Albert Divo who piloted Bugatti cars to victory numerous times during the 1920s and won the Targa Florio race twice. Bugatti only built 40 of these cars, and all have been sold upon release. The Divo is based on the Chiron, and shares the same engine, but includes improved aerodynamics, a track-tuned chassis, and a lighter curb weight.

Pros and Cons

  • It's a track-focused Chiron
  • It is the definition of exclusivity
  • It looks better than the standard Chiron
  • That blue interior
  • It has a lower top speed than the standard Chiron
  • Lack of driver assistance features
  • They've all been sold
  • Not a car you want to drive on a daily basis
  • Only a select few will ever get to drive one
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Divo Exterior

The resemblance between the Divo and Chiron is clear, but the Divo takes on a more angular and sinister look. The front of the Divio now includes additional air inlets and a newly designed front spoiler, and LED headlights in the front are designed with a flat light aperture of only 35 millimeters. The hood includes air inlets, and four intakes on the side of the car improve brake cooling. At the back, the rear wing is supported by the diffuser, which also houses quad exhaust exits.

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Dimensions

The Divo shares its dimensions with the Chiron, which means its broad and low to the ground. The maximum width measures 80.2 inches and total body length is 178.9 inches. The Divo rolls on a 106.7-inch wheelbase and sits 47.7 inches tall. While the Chiron weighs in at 4,400 pounds, the Divo tips the scales at 4,322.8 lbs, thanks to a weight reduction of 77.2 pounds.

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Divo Performance

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Engine and Transmission

The Divo shares its power plant with the Chiron, which means four turbos, 8.0-liters of capacity, and 16 pistons. That's good enough for 1,479 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. Since the Divo is a track-focused car, Bugatti didn't see the need for an increase in power. Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. With a reduced curb weight, the Divo will accelerate to 62 mph in only 2.4 seconds. We won't have the chance to test drive the Divo, but if the Chiron is anything to go by, acceleration should be brutal yet controllable.

Handling and Driving Impressions

Bugatti uses a simple recipe to increase handling performance: less weight, more downforce, and a stiffer chassis setup. In terms of chassis improvements, the Divo gets a different front and rear-wheel camber, harder springs, as well as a front-oriented weight balance. With its redesigned aero, the Divo adds 55.9 pounds of extra downforce at speed for a total of 1,005.3 pounds at 236 mph. All of this translates into a car that is eight seconds faster than the Chiron around the Nardo testing ground in Italy.

Divo Gas Mileage

We doubt that the EPA will ever get their hands on a Divo, so we'll have to go with Chiron numbers on this one. The EPA rates the Chiron, which shares the same engine as the Divo, at 9/14/11 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycle. With the reduced weight in the Divo, that number might improve by the slightest of margins. At full tilt, expect the Divo's 22-gallon fuel tank to drain faster than the length of Lynyrd Skynyrd's classic Free Bird.

Divo Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

Bugatti doesn't cut any corners when it comes to the interior of the Divo. There are splatterings of carbon fiber, leather, titanium, and aluminum all over the place. The Divo also gets its own unique flavor in the form of a Divo Racing Blue color scheme which blankets the dashboard and gets added to the seats and door inserts, amongst other items. Thanks to its broad proportions, there are masses of shoulder room on offer, and legroom is also sufficient for six-foot-plus drivers and passengers. In terms of comfort features, you won't find many, and even the infotainment system offers just the bare essentials.

Divo Trunk and Cargo Space

The Bugatti Divo is all about big numbers, except when it comes to trunk and cargo space: there is only two cubic feet of space on offer in the frunk, which is enough to house a Big Mac meal, and a few extra chicken nuggets. The interior of the Divo gets a glovebox and a small phone storage area in the front console.

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Divo Infotainment and Features

Features

You can buy a fleet of Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars for the price of a single Divo, and a single S-Class comes with more standard features than a fleet of Divos. There is really nothing much to brag about here. The Divo offers its occupants a power-adjustable steering column and power front seats, ambient interior lighting, power-adjustable wing mirrors, as well as a reverse parking camera with front and rear sensors, and LED headlights. The Divo rides on height-adjustable suspension. Driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assistance are not available.

Infotainment

Apple CarPlay, integrated Wi-Fi, and touch screen displays do not feature in the Bugatti Divo. The infotainment system found in the Divo isn't the most advanced, but when you're piloting one of the fastest cars in the world, it doesn't seem like such a big issue. The sound system is made by Accuton and features one-carat diamond membranes in the tweeters. This creates epically clear and crisp tones that envelop occupants in rich sound. With no traditional display on offer, the Divo's infotainment info is displayed in the instrument cluster.

Divo Problems and Reliability

There have been no model-specific recalls issued for the Divo; however, the Chiron, which it is based on, has been recalled twice for airbag deployment issues. The Divo is covered with a basic four-year warranty, which includes a powertrain warranty. A four-year maintenance plan is also included.

Divo Safety

The Bugatti Divo has not been tested by the NHTSA or IIHS, so no reliable data is available, but seeing professional race car drivers trusting their lives in these should be enough to put minds at ease. Safety systems include a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors, an advanced traction and stability program, as well as front, side-impact, and curtain airbags.

Verdict: 🏁Is 2018 Bugatti Divo a good car?

Whereas the Chiron is built simply to destroy speed records in luxury, the Divo lowers the top speed, reduces weight, and sets faster lap times. To us, this feels like an exercise in futility, and there are hypercars out there that do the track thing much better than Bugatti can ever hope to achieve with its bulky design. Sure, it's still fast as all hell, but the Divo is now just a slower Chiron that can go around corners slightly faster. The fact that it doesn't come with a ton of luxury features or driver assistance features doesn't help much either. The Blue interior and exclusivity help a little, but in the end, all we can see is a Chiron with a lower top speed, more scoops, and a larger wing.

🚘What's the Price of the Bugatti Divo?

We usually justify a car's price by looking at simple factors such as the number of standard features it provides, how comprehensive its warranty is, or how many people it can carry. That theory falls flat on its face when it comes to the Bugatti Divo. This winged monstrosity doesn't handle as well as a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, it doesn't offer the same level of comfort as a Bentley Continental GT, and it sure as hell doesn't have the same cargo space as a Ford Transit Cargo Van, yet Bugatti charges its customers an eye-watering $5,800,000 for the honor of getting behind the wheel. That's a lot of money for four wheels and two seats.

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🚗What Bugatti Divo Model Should I Buy?

Unfortunately, all Bugatti Divo cars were sold the moment they became available, so you're out of luck. If one was to come up for sale, we would say you should buy it over the Chiron purely for the fact that it looks cooler. The difference in handling will be negligible on the road, and only a professional driver will be able to exploit it fully around a track. Besides, who doesn't want a $5,800,000 car with a blue interior?

2018 Bugatti Divo Comparisons

2018 Bugatti Divo vs Bugatti Chiron

The Chiron is the follow up to Bugatti's Veyron, which put this brand back at the top of the hypercar segment. The Chiron had big shoes to fill; after all, the Veyron smashed the production car speed record and has become a legend amongst car fans around the world. The Chiron manages to push the goalpost even further. This straight-line beast is powered by an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine producing 1,479 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque and will manage a zero to sixty time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 261 mph. The Divo takes the Chiron and sharpens up the handling through extensive chassis upgrades, and adds a bunch of styling changes along with a blue interior. We'd have the Divo, but good luck finding one.

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2018 Bugatti Divo vs Koenigsegg Jesko

The Koenigsegg Jesko holds the proud title of having the most powerful internal combustion engine ever fitted to a road car. When fueled with E85, the Jesko delivers 1,603 hp and 1,160 lb-ft of torque, and in standard form still belts out 1,281 hp. The Jesko is named after Christian von Koenigsegg's dad and features advanced tech, such as a transmission void of synchro rings and rear-wheel steering. The Jesko, as with the Bugatti Divo, is a more track focussed weapon, and only 125 of these cars will be produced. Both the Jesko and Divo are supersonic machines trained to go around corners. Choose your weapon.

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