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$7.2m Bugatti Divo blows away Top Gear hosts in insane test drive

Published: 2/Sep/2020 11:29 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 16:45

by Kieran Bicknell

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The incredible Bugatti Divo is the new ‘halo’ car for french manufacturers Bugatti, costing $7.2m. Few people will ever get the chance to drive one, but fortunately, the team at Top Gear have shared the experience with us all via their YouTube channel.

Getting behind the wheel of multi-million dollar hypercars is a tough job, but someone has to do it. In this case, the team behind BBC’s Top Gear get their hands on the ultra-exclusive Bugatti Divo hypercar.

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Not only does the sky-high price tag of $7.2m make it exclusive, but to qualify for ownership you have to already own a Bugatti Chiron which costs a cool $3m by itself. That’s a total of $10.2m worth of hypercars!

Bugatti Divo Hypercar
YouTube: Top Gear
With only 40 being built and costing $7.2m, the Divo will be a very rare sight indeed.

The Bugatti Divo

Based on the Chiron, the Bugatti Divo shares the same 8l, quad-turbocharged W16 engine putting out a mind-bending 1479bhp. Despite sharing the same engine, the Divo is a completely different beast indeed.

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Getting behind the wheel of the Divo for the first time, Jack is quick to point out the “instant” throttle response and “tenacious” grip of the Divo. Designed to maximize downforce, the Divo creates an incredible 456kg of downforce at its peak, thanks to it’s unique and aggressive design.

As expected, this 1479bhp hypercar is no slouch. Dispatching 0-60 in just 2.4s, Jack describes the driving sensation in a unique way.

When the first pair of turbos spool up, it’s “normal supercar quick” but once the second pair begins to wind up, the sensation of speed is described as a “blurry, new trousers please hit” due to the sudden and aggressive increase in acceleration.

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The noise from the Divo’s quad-exit exhaust pipes backs up these aggressive figures, producing a snarling ‘howl’ under heavy acceleration. This is accompanied by the induction noise of all four turbochargers sucking in as much air as possible, resulting in a unique and intimidating sound.

Despite the size of the car, it handles far better than expected and will “shatter assumptions” of anyone that gets behind the wheel according to Jack. Cornering the Divo is apparently akin to steering an everyday family car, thanks to it’s “light and bright” feel and clever suspension setup.

Above all, this is an insane performance car that is apparently easy to drive. Jack sums it up perfectly by saying “You wouldn’t, but you could drive it every single day.”

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Top Gear’s Chris Harris slams “stupid” $625k Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Published: 8/Oct/2020 14:56 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 14:57

by Kieran Bicknell

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As presenter of BBC’s Top Gear, Chris Harris is living out his boyhood dream. Inevitably, once in a while a supercar is going to come along that really gets his back up, and it seems the brand new Ferrari SF90 Stradale has done exactly that.

Harris hasn’t always been a household TV name. Prior to joining Top Gear in 2016, Harris presented his own series on YouTube, along with writing for the likes of Autocar and Evo magazine in England.

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After a famous falling-out with Ferrari back in 2011 (which saw him banned from reviewing their cars for two years) it seems Harris is still on good terms with the Italian brand, but that may be about to change.

Unfortunately for Ferrari, Chris Harris is definitely not a fan of the new SF90 Stradale hybrid, not even in the top-range ‘Assetto Fiorano’ trim. Costing a whopping $625,000 without options, the SF90 represents a new direction for Ferrari. Sadly, it seems that it’s not a good direction, at least according to Harris.

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Chris Harris with Ferrari SF90 Stradale Assetto Fiorano
YouTube: Top Gear
Harris was not a fan of Ferrari’s new flagship hybrid supercar, the SF90 Stradale.

Chris Harris reviews the Ferrari SF90 Stradale

He believes that supercar manufacturers are going down a “rabbit hole of performance,” chasing ever-decreasing 0-60 times and fighting for the fastest lap times possible. The SF90 seems to fall firmly into this category for Harris, and he wasted no time tearing into the apex supercar.

“The thing is undeniably impressive” he admitted when asked about his opinion on the car, but that’s about as much praise as he had. “It’s a vehicle you find yourself admiring rather than lusting after, it trades in applying forces to the body of the driver, that’s really it.”

The complexity of the SF90 is a big issue, as is the brutal performance. “It’s so fast, you don’t have time to understand what’s going on… it’s stupid” said Chris. He does admit that the characteristics of the car are “sensational” but they sadly don’t make up for its pitfalls.

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Practicality is a big concern too, as the location of the SF90’s electric motors in the front means that it can’t carry luggage. This transforms it from a car into a “toy” according to Harris, as there’s no practicality to it whatsoever.

The SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari”

While Ferraris are often lauded as the prettiest cars on the road, even styling can’t save the SF90. In his words, Chris said “it looks like it was styled by a computer, rather than some Italian bloke with a pencil… It’s lacking emotion.”

Summing up, Chris says despite the fact the SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari” its stablemate, the F8 Tributo, is far better.

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“Give me 500hp, 950kg, a manual gearbox, and maybe a little bit of electricity to get through town quietly and start-up quietly in front of my neighbors; Give me that, and that’s the car I want.”

Whether his harsh words will lead to another falling out with Ferrari is uncertain, but with many praising his honesty, it’s unlikely Harris is going to change any time soon.

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