There are four days to go untilBugatti
unveilsthe track-focused Divo
this Friday at The Quail - A Motorsports Gathering duringMonterey
Car Week. Until then, we have this last teaser of the complete vehicle under a blue veil to try and draw out details.Bugatti
once used theVision Gran Turismo
to tease aspects of theChiron
, and here it appears as though the French carmaker has returned to some elements of that concept while, at the same time, clearly evolving Chiron design language.
The rear wing is clearly toned down from the Vision GT concept, but a fin runs from the back of the greenhouse to the wing. The wheel arches stand out under the sheet, much punchier than the arches on the Chiron, and the rear fender contains a sharp edge. A clear departure from both the Vision GT and the Chiron, though, is the side line. The relaxed arc around the roof to the back of the cabin and down to the sills, a feature we've known since theVeyron
, has been redone. On the Divo it look like the roof line takes a shallow dip to a point, then makes a hard reverse to form a shoulder line that intersects the front wheel arch. Above that, a milder shoulder line descends from the cowl to underline the greenhouse.
Said Frank Heyl, the exterior design chief, "We've kept and further developed our Bugatti design DNA features, but on top of that have also taken the opportunity to exercise our freedom and create a completely new form language." Bugatti obviously wanted us to notice all of this, because the Divo example under the silk doesn't have a side mirror.
Built the the company's just-revived coachbuilding department and advancing the capabilities of theChiron Sport
, the Divo will bring "enormous downforce and G-forces." Other than the top stabilizer fin and large rear wing, the additional feature we've seen to support its track mission is a vertical fin ahead of the front wheels. Cosmetically, it looks like the taillights will be LED or OLED with highly contoured shapes. We'll have to wait until Friday for work on whether the 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16 has undergone any changes.
Bugatti will make just 40 Divos, each with a price starting at five million euros, about $5.8 million in our money, and nearly double the price of the Chiron Sport. Those numbers might be moot if every Divo is already spoken for. After brand CEO Stephan Winkelmann said "The Divo is made for corners," and that the coupe represents brand DNA "in terms of agile, nimble handling," the number we'd like to see is a Nürburgring lap time.