Bugatti has officially unveiled the new W16 Mistral model, a roadster that heralds the end of the famous W16 engine. The new model is produced in an edition of 99 copies and develops 1600 horsepower, its price is 5 million euros.
A few days ago, Bugatti released a series of teaser images promising a model that would be the new symbol of the brand. At the same time, the French manufacturer announced the end of the famous W16 engine, which debuted in the Veyron and was also found in the Chiron.
Now Bugatti has unveiled its long-awaited new model. It is called the W16 Mistral and, as the French automaker confirmed, it is the last model powered by the W16 engine. The new model is also one of the fastest production roadsters in the world, which is why the name Mistral, a specific wind from France, was chosen.
RETRO- FUTURISTIC DESIGN
The design of the new W16 Mistral is inspired by various Bugatti models from the past, such as the famous Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid of 1934, Type 40, Type 41 Royal and Type 55 Roadster.
At the front we have LED headlights with a light signature of 4 horizontal stripes. The 4 stripes of the headlights symbolize the 4 turbochargers of the engine, but also the fact that the new model has all-wheel drive. In addition, the headlights have a three-dimensional surface with air intakes created for aerodynamic purposes.
The three-dimensional radiator grille is drawn in the typical Bugatti style in the shape of a horseshoe.
The windshield is highly angled and curved, resembling the visor of a hard hat.
Of course, the massive air intakes that dominate the body of the W16 Mistral are not missing either. Such air intakes can be seen both at the front, in the area of the radiator grille, and at the rear towards the hood.
BODY WORK CREATED WITH THE HELP OF 3D PRINTER
We also have such air inlets above the headrests of the seats. They also serve as protection in case of an accident and are made of carbon fiber. The taillights drawn in the shape of the letter X immediately catch the eye, as do the air intakes for engine cooling and an illuminated Bugatti emblem. Of course, a diffuser is also added to the rear to increase the downforce of the roadster.
All these elements are made using complex methods from materials such as aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber in combination with elements from 3D printing. Thanks to this technology, the Bugatti W16 Mistral has an imposing design, extremely high performance and robust reliability.
EXOTIC INTERIOR, INSPIRED BY CHIRON
The interior of the Bugatti W16 Mistral adopts some esthetic elements of the Chiron. There are a number of components and inserts made of lightweight aluminum and titanium here. The seats are covered in braided leather, as are the door panels. The contrasting yellow stitching and the combination of yellow and black also stand out here.
This combination is a tribute to the company’s founder Ettore Bugatti, as it was his favorite color.
The dashboard instruments have been designed so that they can still be easily read at speeds of 420 km/h. Finally, the gearshift lever is made of aluminum and includes wood and amber inserts with Rembrandt Bugatti’s famous dancing elephant sculpture.
The heart of the new model is, of course, the 8.0-liter W16 engine. It produces 1600 hp and was first used in the Chiron Super Sport 300+ model. Bugatti has not given any details on top speed and acceleration, but the W16 Mistral can reach a top speed of 400 km/h. As Mate Rimac, CEO of Bugatti, explained, the main goal of the W16 Mistral is to become the fastest production roadster in the world.
The new Bugatti W16 Mistral will be produced in an edition of only 99 units, each of which will cost 5 million euros. And as is Bugatti tradition, all of them have already been sold. Deliveries will begin before the end of the year.