Bugatti hopes its last gas-only car will also be the world’s fastest convertible

It is also Bugatti’s last petrol car. Future models will be hybrid.

Only 99 Mistrals will be made, and all of them have already been sold before the car was even unveiled to the public on Friday in Carmel, California, according to Bugatti.

“There can only be one goal in mind: to once again become the fastest roadster in the world,” the company said in a statement.

Bugatti did not say what the Mistral’s expected top speed might be. The last time Bugatti could claim to own the world’s fastest convertible was in 2013, when the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse cabriolet clocked 254 mph at Volkswagen’s test track in Germany.

The current top speed record for convertibles is claimed by the Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster built by Hennessey Performance Engineering of Texas. This 1,800 horsepower, $3 million car hit a top speed of 265.6 mph in 2016.

Convertibles generally have a lower top speed than hardtops due to their poorer aerodynamics.

The Mistral will also be the last model with Bugatti’s famous W16 16-cylinder engine. Mate Rimac, CEO of Bugatti-Rimac, the company that now owns the Bugatti brand, said that future Bugatti models will be hybrids. It’s unclear what kind of gas engine these future models will have, but it won’t be the same W16 that’s powered every modern Bugatti car since 2005, with various tweaks and upgrades.

The version of this engine used in the Mistral is the same one that powered the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, which Bugatti claimed in 2019 could reach speeds of almost 305 mph.

Air for the Mistral’s large engine is drawn in through ducts behind each of the car’s two seats. The air vanes are made of carbon fiber and are designed to support the full weight of the vehicle to protect the occupants in the event of a rollover crash. The air intakes on the side of the car are for the oil coolers. Air passing through the oil coolers is vented through the Mistral’s X-shaped taillights.

The design of the Mistral was inspired by the classic Bugatti Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid from 1934. Specifically, Bugatti designers looked at a Roadster Grand Raid that is currently on display at the Louwman Car Museum in the Netherlands, according to Bugatti. The car’s sharply pointed V-shaped windshield and the humps rising behind each of the seats are among the similarities to the modern car.

The front end of the Mistral has its own distinctive design with headlights, each made of four light strips. The central horseshoe grille is also deeper and wider than on hardtop cars.

The first cars will be delivered to customers in 2024, according to Bugatti. Bugatti split from the Volkswagen Group in 2021 and is now partnering with Croatian electric supercar maker Rimac. Bugatti production remains in its traditional home of Molsheim, France.