It is also Bugatti’s last petrol-only 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 on Friday in Carmel, California, according to Bugatti.
“There can only be one goal in mind: to become the fastest roadster in the world again,” the company said in its announcement.
Bugatti has not said what the expected top speed of the Mistral might be. The last time Bugatti could claim to have the fastest convertible in the world was in 2013 when a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse convertible went 254 miles per hour on Volkswagen’s test track in Germany.
The current convertible top speed record is claimed by the Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster made by Hennessey Performance Engineering in Texas. The $3 million, 1,800 horsepower car reached a speed of 265.6 miles per hour in 2016.
Convertibles usually have a lower top speed 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 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, with various developments and refinements, has powered every modern Bugatti car since 2005.
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 car to protect the occupants in the event of a rollover collision. Air intakes on the side of the car are for the oil coolers. The air that passes 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 made of four light rods. The central horseshoe-shaped grille is also deeper and wider than on the hardtop cars.