Bugatti unveils $5 million W16 Mistral calling it world’s fastest convertible

W16 Mistral

The W16 Mistral costs $5 million and has 1600 bhp. It is primarily a roadster based on the powerful Bugatti Chiron. Only 99 Mistral units will be manufactured and all of which have already been purchased. 

At the Monterey Car Week, Bugatti unveiled the W16 Mistral, a roadster-based hypercar based on the Chiron. With the Mistral, Bugatti ushers in a new phase and joins other manufacturers of hypercars and supercars in moving away from purely ICE drivetrains. The Mistral will be the last Bugatti model to be equipped with the recognizable W16 engine. Before the ICE is totally phased out in favour of high-performance EVs, all forthcoming engines will then have some hybrid battery assistance. 

The Chiron Super Sport 300+, perhaps the fastest production car in the world, shares the same specifications as the W16 engine that Bugatti utilized in the Mistral. With the Veyron, when Bugatti appeared out of nowhere and set one land speed record after another, the world first witnessed the brilliance of this engine. 

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According to Bugatti, the Mistral is a whole new vehicle with a modified monocoque and a brand-new design, not merely a standard roadster version of the Chiron. 

The 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16 engine’s final version, the Bugatti W16 Mistral, is tuned to match the 1,600-horsepower version that propelled the Chiron Super Sport 300+ to a record-breaking 490 kph in 2019. 

The 427kph Hennessey Venom GT Spyder now holds the title of fastest roadster, but Bugatti has stated that it wants the Mistral to break that record. 

As futuristic and elegant as the Mistral’s look is, many of the features and creases we notice on the automobile are actually there for aerodynamic purposes. The 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid served as the model inspiration for the W16 Mistral. The W16 Mistral’s design resembles a cross between La Voiture Noire and Divo in some sections, however it is a roadster. 

The Mistral is an expensive-looking car in classic Bugatti style. The Mistral’s striking front end features a horseshoe grille that has been expanded and intended to appear deeper, along with headlights that include four vertically stacked LEDs. Similar to the La Voiture Noire, the Mistral also gets a characteristic wrap-around windscreen that disappears into the side windows, giving the roadster a distinctive appearance and, in Bugatti’s words, a “visor effect.” 

The tail lamps on the back are unlike anything that anyone has ever seen on a production autos. They form a sizable ‘X,’ with the word “Bugatti” in the middle. The Bugatti Bolide features a similar style. 

The inside is essentially identical to that of the ordinary Chiron, except for a custom gear shifter carved from a solid block of aluminium, which has subtle wood accents and an amber insert with a sculpture of a dancing elephant from the Bugatti Type 41 Royale as its hood ornament. Anything the customer wants can be customized to fit in this. 

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