Bugatti hopes its last all-gasoline car will also be the world’s fastest convertible

Bugatti hopes its last all-gasoline car will also be the world's fastest convertible
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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.

The version of this engine used in the Mistral is the same that powers the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport that Bugatti claimed in 2019 could reach speeds of almost 305 miles per hour.

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

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.

According to Bugatti, the first cars will be delivered to customers in 2024. Bugatti was spun off from the Volkswagen Group 2021 and now Partnership with Croatian electric supercar manufacturer Rimac. Bugatti manufacturing remains in its traditional home of Molsheim, France.

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