The famous Bugatti engine and aesthetic
Bugatti said that designing the Mistral was a challenge. It may be built on the Chiron’s platform, but the structure wasn’t designed for an open-top vehicle, which meant the carbon-fiber monocoque needed to be reconfigured. However, Bugatti managed to re-engineer and reshape the monocoque to enable maximum performance with the roof off while still keeping Bugatti's renowned eye-catching, sleek look.
Will the Bugatti Mistral be the fastest open-top car on Earth?
The current record was set by the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder in 2016. No big deal, right? However, Henessey doesn’t plan to lose their title lying down. They’re soon releasing a Venom F5 Roadster with 1,817 hp, and now, only time will tell which open-top vehicle is the fastest.
The Bugatti Mistral is a sight to behold
The look of the Mistral is classic Bugatti, withan extremely low-slung, V-shaped windshield and two aerodynamic jet-engine-like side intakes.
Bugatti CEO Mate Rimac told Motor Authority that, “With the roof removed, and a pair of large air intakes directly behind your head feeding around 70,000 liters of air through the engine every minute at full bore, driving the W-16 Mistral connects you to the intricate workings of this revolutionary powertrain like no other Bugatti to date.” Definitely sounds like a breathtaking experience, doesn’t it?
The interior will be similar to the Chiron, but with a few changes to materials, including woven leather, and many bespoke details. There are new wood and amber accents and inserts, with one bit of amber on the shifter featuring a reproduction of Rembrandt Bugatti’s sculpture of a dancing elephant inside.
Rimac and Bugatti are planning to move forward with electric and hybrid engines after this thrilling Mistral wind blows through. A hybrid version of the Chiron is slated for release in the coming years, which will feature a smaller engine with more focus on the electric side than the gas side of the hybrid.
This final W-16 iteration will be incredibly rare and expensive. Only 99 Mistral units will be released, each costing around $5 million, and, unfortunately, they are all already sold. They won’t be delivered until 2024, though, so for now, we will just have to dream about a ride in this work of art.
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