The most beastly engine in history says goodbye in a $5 million convertible

Only 99 units will be manufactured of the Bugatti Mistrala roadster version of the Chiron which will be available from 2024 for a sum that does not fall below US$ 5 million plus taxes. But although all these data are imposing, the looks are taken by the W16 enginewhich will give this car its last function after marking an era for the brand and, why not, also for the world of super sports cars.

Specific, it is the same 8-litre, four-turbo engine that began its history in 2005 with the launch of the Veyron and that, since then, has been the soul that propelled all the developments of the French house. The configuration will be similar to that of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ which holds the world speed record for a production car and will deliver no less than 1,600 horsepower.

The Bugatti Mistral costs 5 million dollars.

“We want to have the fastest convertible in the world again,” they recognized in that sense from Bugatti, referring to the fact that in 2013 the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse hung that medal by registering a maximum speed of 408.84 kilometers per hour. But they will not have it so easy: just a few days ago the Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster was presented and the promise is that it will reach 480 kilometers per hour.

What Bugatti does have in favor is the mark achieved in 2019 and that is the landmark to beat for all those who aspire to have the fastest car in the world: in August of that year, the Chiron reached 490.48 km / h speeda figure so far impossible to break by those who have tried; the closest was the American SSC Tuatara, with 472 km/h.

The Mistra is a variant based on the Chiron.

The Mistra is a variant based on the Chiron.

As anticipated by the new owners of Bugattithe next cars of the brand will no longer have this same engine. In truth, the Croatian Rimac, which in 2021 bought the brand from the Volkswagen Group, is already working on the evolution of hybrid models that complement their own electric ones that they already have on the market, such as the Refrigerator.

This is the Bugatti Mistral

Named in honor of the strong wind that blows off the Mediterranean coast French towards the sea and that reaches 100 km/h without problems, the Bugatti Mistral is the first roadster designed on the basis of the Chironalthough with some changes in the aerodynamic key in order to obtain maximum performance.

How is the Bugatti Mistral, a brutal convertible

The sports car was presented in California, during one of the most exclusive car events in the world.

It was presented in California, during the car week that took place in Monterrey, one of the most exclusive exhibitions in the world. Based on the Chiron there are other models in dance: the Divo, the Bolide and the Centodieci, the latter with just ten units at 8 million euros each, which had Cristiano Ronaldo among the buyers.

Thus, its muscular carbon fiber body is perfectly complemented by a more curved windshield than the coupe, a decision that is in tune with other changes such as those that can be seen in the windows and on the air intakes to cool the engine. located above the heads of the two seats in the vehicle: manufactured to be roll-over proof, they can absorb up to 70,000 liters of air per minute.

Bugatti Mistral.

Bugatti Mistral.

From the front, the design of its optics is the ultimate novelty and a perfect complement to the classic horseshoe-shaped grille that is already a Bugatti trademark. At the rear, meanwhile, the X-shaped pilots stand out, a detail reminiscent of another super sports car of the brand, the Bolide.

InsideThe Bugatti W16 Mistral complements the carbon fiber with braided leather panels, a novelty for a car from the Alsatian house. The gear lever is made of aluminum with wood and amber inserts, and there is no missing the dancing elephant that was the work of Rembrandt Bugatti and is already a classic in this firm’s cars.

Bugatti Mistral.

Bugatti Mistral.

Alabama not have a multimedia screenthe dashboard is the only source of information available to drivers of the vehicle. This is not so rare in cars that seek to focus on performance over comfort, although Bugatti guaranteed that all the controls offered inside the Mistral aim to find a balance between these two extremes, with a view to offering the most effective driving experience possible.

However, those who are only now interested in checking it out in the first person should know that they were late: from Bugatti they assured that all the copies that the brand plans to produce of the Mistral are already sold. A consolation? Their owners will also have to arm themselves with patience, as they will begin to leave the Molhseim plant only after the 40 Bugatti Bolides that are lined up for production do so.

Bugatti’s monstrous W16 engine

Ettore Bugatti himself, founder of the brand, had an identifying phrase: “If it’s comparable, it’s not Bugatti”. Therefore, following this axiom, it is that they launched in the early 2000s to shape a colossal engine. The first version of the W16 and eight liters of displacement had 1001 horses, was capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 in 2.5 seconds and powering the Veyron 16.4 (16 for the number of cylinders and 4 for four turbos). with that fury, the Veyron exceeded in 2005 the 400 km/h.

The Bugatti Mistral unveiled at Pebble Beach.

The Bugatti Mistral unveiled at Pebble Beach.

It was Ferdinand Piech himself, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche and CEO of Volkswagenwho presented the project in 1997. They say that he had the idea of ​​​​a brutal engine while traveling on the Japanese bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka and put it on paper. Initially it was even more monstrous, a W18, but later it went to 16 cylinders.

This is how the most impressive engine in the world is built

The Bugatti W16 that equips its latest models and that holds the speed record.

It was shaped with two narrow V8 V8s –a technique that Volkswagen dominated–, biturbo, assembled at 90º, with 32 valves. The first prototype required more than 3,500 parts; on the test bench it produced 1,001 hp. It came into production in 2005 and since then and with improvements. Bigger turbos, new materials. The Veyron 16.4 Supersport charged 1,200 hp.

The next jump was to 1,500 hp first and finally to the 1,600 CV that the Mistral has, with a torque of 1,600 Nm. It is already a new engine, more evolved than that precursor. Many parts were redesigned, carbon and titanium were used to maintain the weight, since it should not exceed 400 kilos.

Bugatti's W16 engine.

Bugatti’s W16 engine.

This latest variant is an engineering masterpiece, with 3,712 parts working synchronously to unleash a fury like no other. Requires six days of craftsmanship to assemble by hand. “Incomparable”, as Ettore Bugatti himself would have cataloged it.

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