Every Bugatti launch is a huge event in the world of luxury supercar enthusiasts. The W16 Mistral is no different: this beautifully futuristic car is a farewell to the W16 engine and thus the closure of an era. The official launch of this £24 million car took place two days ago.
The youngest and last in the family
The Bugatti W16 Mistral is an amazing roadster – an inscribed Bugatti Type 57 from 1934 and named after the wind blowing from the south coast of France towards the Mediterranean, it is not only one of a kind, but also closes an era. Which era? Well, the time of internal combustion engines – the W16 Mistral will be the last car with this unit, the next ones will be equipped with a hybrid that does not yet exist.
Under the bonnet of the Bugatti W16 Mistral hides the W16, an eight-litre engine generating almost 1,600 hp with four turbochargers, borrowed from the Chiron Super Sport 300+. As the farewell to a legend has to be in style, the French decided to create a roadster based on the assumption that feeling the wind in your hair at speeds above 400 km/h is a priceless experience.
The Chiron platform was redesigned specifically for this car and the engine was placed centrally. Anyway – because the Mistral is a roadster, it was also necessary to redesign the fuselage in such a way that it gained sufficient rigidity despite the lack of a roof.
A stylistic tribute
Stylistically, the Mistral harks back a little to various models – it has a bit of Type 57, a bit of Chiron, a bit of Bolide and a bit of La Voiture Noire. However – as always with the brand’s cars – the Mistral is simply beautiful. The black exterior colour and yellow and black interior is a reference not only to the iconic Type 57, but also a nod to Ettore Bugatti, who thought this colour combination was the best for his cars.
The yellow and black interior is, of course, made up of top-quality leather, comfortable sports seats, as well as titanium and aluminium elements.
Only 99 cars
Bugatti will only produce 99 units of the farewell model, and each will cost €5 million (around PLN 24 million) in the basic version. All units already have their new owners, so it is a car that is virtually impossible to buy. The first Mistrals will hit the roads in 2024.