Bugatti revealed its last 16-cylinder car, the W16 Mistral. The roadster is named after a powerful wind that blows from the Rhône River valley, through southern France. The car’s 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 has 1,600 PS.
The car’s design and engineering are completely bespoke. The existing monocoque is cut off above the A-pillars to make way for the new open-top design and it has been re-engineered and reshaped to create a more rounded silhouette without compromising performance. Bugatti’s design team drew inspiration from the 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid. The W16 Mistral debuts in colors inspired by the legendary car; a warm black with hints of truffle brown and subtle yellow accents throughout.
The W16 Mistral captures the essence of the Grand Raid’s V-shaped windscreen and evolves it into a modern-day work of art. A curving windscreen wraps around the A-pillars, blending seamlessly into the side windows and creating a ‘visor’ effect. Curved just enough to create a rounded visor design, without distorting the driver’s vision, the windscreen together with the side windows flows purposefully around the side air intakes. This line then flows back underneath the side glass to shoot through all the way to the front horseshoe grill creating a new three-dimensional character for the famous Bugatti C-line introduced on Chiron. To keep the body side section slim, but also allow for optimum airflow to the W16, the oil cooler intakes on the side were separated from the engine air intakes, which now sit on the roof.
The front of the supercar features bespoke vertically stacked headlights as well as the reimagined horseshoe grille. The rear is inspired by the Bolide’s6 X-theme taillight motif. The headlights are intricately shaped and include a four-light signature. Their three-dimensional surface functions as an aerodynamic aid that directs air through the light and out through the wheel arch to improve aerodynamic drag. The wider horseshoe grille allows the high-temperature engine radiator to be fully fed purely from one intake, leaving the two side intakes to focus only on providing air to the intercoolers. The new ram induction air scoops behind the headrests are made from a bespoke carbon fiber structure that can support the whole weight of the car in case of a rollover.
The W16 Mistral’s interior features intricate woven leather which is used on newly designed door panels. And in a nod to the W16 Mistral’s illustrious forebears, the gear shifter features a touch of wood and an amber insert with Rembrandt Bugatti’s famous ‘dancing elephant’ sculpture locked within.
Only 99 examples of the W16 Mistral will be built, priced at $5 million net, with deliveries due to begin in 2024. The entire production run of the supercar is already sold out.
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