It didn’t take much for the announcement by the supercar manufacturer, Bugatti, to have a butterfly effect in the community of luxury car interests and enthusiasts, gaining momentum as secondhand facts and speculation oscillated in a fog of excitement around a hope that the rumors might actually be true – Bugatti is releasing what they claim to be “the most agile and dynamic car Bugatti has ever created - a perfect homage for the 110th anniversary, which will be held in 2019.”
That being the case, it’s understandable why the century-plus legacy of the Bugatti line would find this fitting. Being Bugatti is as good a reason as any to erect a testament to the successful pedigree of top-end luxury and performance that has made the car; and forever on the pages of its prestigious history, a milestone offering unlike anything Ettore Bugatti could have ever imagined has been placed on the table (and scooped up just as fast by exuberant buyers).
The self-proclaimed, unofficial title of “monumental driving machine” by the manufacturer couldn’t be more accurate as the company can lay claim to having the fastest car in the world, if only for a brief moment in time. It is in stride with that legacy that the car company aims to outdo itself with a limited initial production run of only 40 units.
If you were hoping to get your hands on one, two things will be stopping you in your tracks; the prohibitive $5.8 million price tag affixed to each unit, and the fact that they were sold out immediately upon presentation to a select group of Bugatti customers. Indeed, it appears the elite automaker has no problem pushing expensive machinery; the Divo is the most expensive production car in history and, on the day of its release, initiated over $230 million of commerce to add to the Bugatti balance sheet.
If you’re scratching your head wondering what makes the Divo such a hot commodity, some would cite the nameplate, others would argue that it’s an over-inflated marketing sailboat not worth the rubber it sits on, but to frame the Divo’s value in some type of logical equation, we simply reference back to the 40-unit sellout in one day at almost $6 million USD.
To cite performance numbers for those of you who like specs, the standard, quad-turbo, W-16 generates 1,500hp and remains largely unchanged — the difference is in the cornering. At 77 lbs lighter than the Chiron, the Divo is built to dominate the turns and does so with so much authority the straight-line performance compared to the Chiron becomes negligible. The weight savings, for those of you counting, attribute to a claimed 0-60mph time of 2.4 seconds; 0.1 seconds quicker than the Chiron. Also notable is the 1,000lbs of downforce the car can potentially generate, which is 200 lbs more than is predecessor Chiron. The Divo's speed is limited a bit sooner than the Chiron, but that just means you have to catch it on the right road although it’s doubtful anybody would rationally street race a $6 million vehicle.
At the end of the day, proponents for and against the Divo can argue its validity until they’re blue in the face but the true trial by fire will be when one of those Divo buyers gets boisterous enough with his multi-million dollar investment to invite a camera crew along for a track day with a Chiron.