We have good news and bad news. The good news is that Bugatti has unveiled its latest creation, the breathtaking Mistral. The bad news is that it will be the swansong of its legendary W16 engine, before the company heads into a hybrid and electric future. As expected, only 99 models of the hyper-car will be available, each selling for £4.2million, all of which have already been sold.
Plunging straight into what it packs under the hood, the Mistral is powered by the W16 quad-turbo 8.0-litre engine, producing a mammoth 1,600hp. It’s the same engine that powered the Chiron Super Sport 300+ which topped 300mph in 2019. Bugatti claims the Mistral will follow the same legacy of being the fastest roadster in production.
Helping him do that is a large amount of carbon fiber sprinkled on his body and a lot of aerodynamic trickery. This can be seen in the design of the car, with cuts and creases all over its body. There are also two huge air dams up front, which “connect you to the car and the W16 engine like no other Bugatti has ever done”, according to Mate Rimac, President of Bugatti Rimac.
Four vertically stacked LED headlights flank the horseshoe grille, which appears to be wider than its other models. Plus, it also gets a wraparound windshield that seemingly blends into the door window.
As a roadster, the folks at Bugatti had to think of clever workarounds to manage the airflow, which is now guided through the vents between the LED headlights, exiting directly out the side. Speaking of the challenges, Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl said: “Aerodynamics play a big part here too. The lack of a roof required complex designs to keep the car planted, as well as where the air will flow.
Inside, the interiors are similar to those of the Chiron. The exception here being a special gear lever, with a specially sculpted elephant on it. Of course, this can be customized according to the customer’s taste.
Bugatti will give you the roof with the car, but says it won’t be usable while driving and is only meant to keep occupants dry while stationary. That being said, with Bugatti ditching the W16 engine and Lamborghini offering the last hurrah to its V12 engine with the Ultimae, we are truly in the twilight years of those manic internal combustion engines.