Bugatti Mistral: the last Bugatti with W16 is a roadster
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Even if the Mistral is not officially titled as Chiron, it is of course based on him. But even the naming makes it clear: The Mistral should not simply be misjudged as an open Chiron. The Mistral will play a very important role in history.
The era of the W16 comes to an end with the Bugatti Mistral
With it, an era comes to an end: the era of the 8.0-liter W16. An engine that already had legendary status when it was presented. In consultation with Bugatti Rimac boss Mate Rimac, those responsible made the decision to duly say goodbye to the W16 before the Chiron successor with hybrid drive takes the stage.
A roadster was chosen because open-top vehicles have a special place in Bugatti’s 110-year history. Around 45 percent of all Bugatti produced before the Second World War were roadsters; including some of today’s most valuable cars.
Visually, the Mistral is only remotely reminiscent of the Chiron
In order to underline the importance of the Mistral, the design team led by Achim Anscheidt has set itself the task of completely redesigning the model, which is limited to 99 units. One thing was clear from the start: cutting open a Chiron is not an option, as this would destroy the characteristic C-line.
That’s why Bugatti looked to the few-off siblings Divo and Centodieci. The goal: the Mistral shouldn’t be as extreme as the Divo, but still be immediately recognizable as a Bugatti.
At the front, the horseshoe radiator grille, which is indispensable for a Bugatti, is significantly larger than on the Chiron. In this way, the main cooler can be supplied with even more air. The basic shape of the headlights is reminiscent of the Divo, but they master a party trick: Air curtains are placed between the individual light units, i.e. additional air inlets. The elements are almost invisible and help to reduce air turbulence.
The section around the windshield is particularly interesting. According to Anscheidt, the biggest challenge was to combine the visor theme (an optically wraparound windscreen) with the classic Bugatti line.
The Mistral gets a soft top
The result is successful: The Bugatti Mistral really does appear independent and looks like an elegant Barchetta. In the unlikely event that one of the 99 owners wants to drive the hypercar in the rain, Bugatti has developed a soft top for the small series. This is a further development of the Veyron Grand Sport’s umbrella solution, which can be transported in the car.
Back to optics. For the side view, the designers worked with a trick that makes the Mistral appear very compact: the rear was given a clear indentation, which makes the rear overhang appear particularly short. Even if the Mistral looks more compact than a Chiron at first glance, the dimensions are very similar.
However, one striking design feature is still missing: the air scoops behind the passengers. Introduced in 2005 with the Veyron to supply the W16 with sufficient air, the Chiron did without the scoops. With the Mistral they return in a slightly modified form – a successful homage to the Veyron.
Drive from the Chiron Super Sport
Bugatti has not yet communicated performance, but you don’t have to be a prophet to know that the Mistral will be fast. Bugatti only reveals one number: The Mistral is supposed to reach 420 km/h – openly, of course. That would make it the fastest roadster in the world. A title currently held by the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse with a documented top speed of 408.84 km/h. It has not yet been decided whether Bugatti will try to beat his own record again.
Interior without big surprises
At the time of the preliminary presentation, the show car did not yet have an interior, which is why the seat fitting has to be made up for. No big surprises await us there, however, because Bugatti has at least given a concrete view of the cockpit of the Mistral.
In contrast to the exterior, the relationship to the Chiron is more than clearly recognizable in the interior. The biggest changes relate to newly designed seats and the more extensive use of carbon.
Of course, the 99 customers can let their imagination run wild with the design; Bugatti now offers you even more options. Hand-woven leather and a gear selector that is partly made of amber are new.
If desired, small sculptures such as the Bugatti elephant or private possessions such as the wedding ring can be embedded in the amber to further personalize the Mistral.
The Mistral costs five million euros net
Despite the handsome sum, the Mistral is already sold out before it is presented. The customer vehicles are to be delivered in 2024. This is followed by the 40 examples of the bolide – before the era of the W16 is finally over.