It is also Bugatti’s last all-gasoline car. Future models will be hybrid.
Only 99 Mistrals will be made and all were already sold before the car was even unveiled to the public in Carmel, Calif. on Friday, according to Bugatti.
“There can only be one goal in mind: to become the fastest roadster in the world again,” the company’s announcement reads.
Bugatti hasn’t said what the Mistral’s expected top speed might be. The last time Bugatti could claim to have the world’s fastest convertible was in 2013, when a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Cabriolet clocked 254 mph at Volkswagen’s test track in Germany.
The current top speed record for convertibles is held by the Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster from Hennessey Performance Engineering in Texas. This $3 million, 1,800 horsepower car hit 265.6 mph in 2016.
Convertibles usually have lower top speeds than hardtop cars due to their poorer aerodynamics.
The Mistral will also be the last model to feature Bugatti’s famous W16 16-cylinder engine. Mate Rimac, CEO of Bugatti-Rimac, the company that now owns the Bugatti brand, said future Bugatti models will be hybrid models. It’s unclear what kind of petrol engine these future models will have, but it won’t be the same W16 that, with various developments and improvements since 2005, powers every modern Bugatti car.
Air for the Mistral’s large engine is drawn in through air scoops behind each of the car’s two seats. The air scoops are made of carbon fiber and are designed to support the full weight of the vehicle to protect occupants in the event of a rollover. Air intakes on the side of the car are for the oil coolers. The air passing through the oil coolers is vented through the Mistral’s X-shaped taillights.
The front of the Mistral has its own distinctive design with headlights, each consisting of four light bars. The central horseshoe-shaped grille is also deeper and wider than on the hardtop cars.