Unlike its Veyron predecessor, the Bugatti Chiron was planned only as a coupe. But to mark the top of its quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine, Bugatti turned the Chiron into the Mistral, which was revealed for 2022 Monterey Automobile Week.
“The Chiron family was never intended to have a roadster model,” Emilio Scervo, CTO of Bugatti Rimac, said in a press release delving into the Mistral’s development. “A Chiron with no roof is perhaps a tremendous automotive for a lot of others, nevertheless it would not meet the uncompromisingly high standards that Bugatti adheres to.”
Ensuring the Mistral lived as much as Bugatti’s standards meant reengineering the Chiron’s carbon-fiber monocoque structure to keep up rigidity with no roof, while keeping any weight increases to a minimum. The doors were also modified for increased side-impact protection.
A brand new air-intake system was also devised for the engine, with carbon-fiber ram-air scoops placed behind the headrests. The scoops can support the whole weight of the automotive within the event of a rollover, based on Bugatti, while also enhancing the engine note. The engine is tuned to supply 1,577 hp, matching the Chiron Super Sport 300+ and other special-edition models and propelling the Mistral to a claimed top speed of over 261 mph.
The inside features latest door panels and a brand new audio system designed specifically for the Mistral. The shifter—constructed from a solid block of aluminum—incorporates a miniature version of the “dancing elephant” sculpture created by Rembrandt Bugatti, brother of company founder Ettore, and used as a hood ornament for the legendary Bugatti Type 41 Royale.
Mistral production is restricted to 99 units (all of which have sold out) priced at roughly $5 million each. Scheduled to start out deliveries later this 12 months, the Mistral will likely be the last road automotive powered by Bugatti’s W-16 engine. The automaker may even construct a limited variety of Bolide track cars, nevertheless.
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