Luminous EB 110 LM blue, contrasted by dark blue carbon. In addition, rims in matt gold metallic. Like the vehicle, the choice of colors on this Bugatti Divo1 is also unique. The last of 40 Divo now leaves the studio in Molsheim. Another milestone in the more than 110-year history of the French luxury brand has been reached. This marks the end of the three-year development and production period for Bugatti's first coachbuilding project of the 21st century. Shortly after Stephan Winkelmann took office as Bugatti President, he had the idea of reviving a successful tradition at Bugatti.
Final Bugatti Divo
"I had read a lot about it, looked at the iconic bodies from the 1920s and 1930s, and wondered if we could not transfer this great asset into the company's modern era," recalls Winkelmann. After talking to customers and dealers, it quickly became clear that Bugatti would hit the right note with this.
Soon after, Bugatti designers and engineers are working on the new model, and in spring 2018 the Divo will be presented in discreet one-on-one meetings with selected Chiron customers. “The response from all customers who saw the Divo for the first time was extremely positive,” recalls Hendrik Malinowski, Director Sales and Operations. “The 40 units were sold out within a few weeks of the first customer meeting,” - long before the Divo was presented to the world in August at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach 2018.
Base price of five million euros
With a base price of five million euros, the Divo Bugattis was the most expensive model to date. Coachbuilding has a long tradition at French brands from Alsace. Company founder Ettore Bugatti had already started doing this in the early 1920s. After all, his vehicles should not only be technically perfect, but also have flawless aesthetics. While Ettore was still oriented towards classical shapes, his son Jean created true masterpieces. He drew his inspiration not only from automobile construction, but from the then dominant art movements Art Deco, Expressionism and Dadaism. Soon, Bugattis were no longer in demand just because of their racing successes, agility and simultaneous driving comfort, but also because of their unusual and elegant body shapes. With the Type 57 in different coachbuilding variants such as the Galibier, the Atalante or the SC Atlantic, Bugatti creates design icons that will last for generations.
Today Bugatti goes one step further in coachbuilding. While in the past only different body shapes were tailored to a chassis, but the technology remained unchanged, current One Off or Few Off projects result in completely new vehicles with independent driving behavior through further development and modification of technical components. "Customers of our coachbuilt models not only get a unique design but also a new, individual driving experience," explains Pierre Rommelfanger, Head of Overall Vehicle Development at Bugatti. "Each of our small-series models is given the same scope of development as we would with a large-scale series."
Main color "Bugatti EB 110 LM Blue"
With the last Divo that has now been delivered, the owner demonstrates a sense of tradition: the main color "Bugatti EB 110 LM Blue" is reminiscent of the last official Le Mans factory racing car from Bugatti, while "Blue Carbon" in contrast underlines the exclusivity and spans the entire spectrum at modern times. In the interior, the colors “French Racing Blue” with “Deep Blue” and gray-matt carbon elements combine history with modern times.
The Bugatti Divo marks a milestone in Bugatti's 110-year history, which is not lacking in special vehicles. Due to its new design, it differs significantly from the Chiron in terms of looks and technology, and thanks to its slimmer side line and additional air inlets as well as the new LED headlights with boomerang daytime running lights, it appears flatter and sportier. At the rear, a complex 3-D rear light dominates as part of the rear grille, while a raised diffuser enhances the width at the rear. Bugatti composes the chassis and driving characteristics more in the direction of agility and cornering dynamics. This gives the Divo its very own, special character. The drive is the iconic 8,0-liter W16 drive with 1.500 hp, which is supplied with intake air from the distinctive NACA Air Duct air inlet with a central fin on the roof.
every vehicle is unique
The name Divo is derived from the French pilot and racing driver Albert Divo, who has clinched series of victories for Bugatti within 20 years, including six Grand Prix races and twice on the Targa Florio. To honor him and the head office of the brand in Molsheim, France, the French flag decorates the Divo on the left and right front fenders. None of the 40 Divos built looks like the other. Many of the customers opted for one-off production, choosing colors and materials individually, such as lacquer, leather and embroidery. They bring their own design ideas to create their very own vehicle. This makes the Divo completely custom-made, in keeping with Bugatti's coachbuilding tradition.
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Bugatti Divo - Final model delivered to customers from Europe
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