Bugatti Mistral: the last Bugatti with W16 is a roadster

So now it is! In 2016, when the Chiron came onto the market, Bugatti explained that the successor to the Veyron was only developed as a coupé – there would be no Chiron Roadster. Six years and a few special models, small series and one-offs later, there is an open Chiron after all!

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However, the new variant is not called the Chiron Roadster or Chiron Grand Sport, but Mistral and, according to Bugatti, is not part of the Chiron family. Instead, the Mistral belongs to the small series “Few-Offs” division, which also includes the Divo, which is limited to 40 copies, and the Centodieci, which is only planned for ten times.
Bugatti Mistral

The Mistral is not drawn as extreme as the Divo – but it is still immediately identifiable as a Bugatti.

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.

Bugatti Mistral

1600 hp and 1600 Nm of torque make it possible: the Mistral is said to be able to reach 420 km/h. Open!

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.

Fortunately, the team had previous experience with the one-off La Voiture Noire. For Anscheidt, the top edge of the windshield is the most important part of the car, because from here the shape flows straight into the side 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.

The rear view, which is dominated by a new X-design light strip, is anything but similar. The Bolide racing car was the inspiration for the design. Below that is the central exhaust system, reminiscent of the Chiron.
Bugatti Mistral

Even if you don’t see it in this picture – the Mistral has a fabric roof.

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

Which brings us to the engine. The heart and at the same time the right to exist for the Mistral. The power plant is enthroned behind the driver and front passenger like a jewel. The power train of the Chiron Super Sport works in the Mistral – the fastest car in the world. In numbers: 7993 ccm, 16 cylinders, 1600 hp and 1600 Nm maximum torque.

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.

Bugatti Mistral

The similarity to the Chiron is most obvious in the interior. The seats of the Mistral are new.

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

So much exclusivity has its price. The Bugatti Mistral costs five million euros net. Including German VAT, that makes 5.95 million euros gross, which makes it just as expensive as the Bugatti Divo.

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.

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