• The 2024 Bugatti Mistral roadster is more than roofless Chironas we learned from Bugatti designer Jas Straub.
  • Bugatti says the $5 million Mistral “will be the fastest roadster in the world,” and its unique windshield was designed to do just that.
  • Other standout details on the Mistral include redesigned body lines, distinct lighting elements and special interior materials.

    Bugatti has unveiled its latest masterpiece, the Mistral roadster, which also serves as a send-off for the French automaker’s famous W-16 engine. As a topless version of the Bugatti Chiron, the Mistral gives the marque’s privileged plutocrats a wind-in-the-hair option β€” just in case their Gulfstream G800 Landaulet is in the shop.

    “Our customers have been asking for this, which was missing from the Chiron lineup,” said Bugatti designer Jascha Straub as he introduced us to the mock-up of the prototype during an exclusive preview at grounds of Bugatti Castle the last month before opening. We’ve also taken a closer look at five cool design elements, which are detailed below.

    Expensive haircut

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    One thing that won’t be available is an actual roof. “There will be some kind of folding soft top in case of emergencies,” Straub said. “We wanted a are real roadster. And a real roadster doesn’t have a top.” Creating the $5 million Mistral roadster wasn’t as simple as fitting the Chiron’s roof panel. “That airfoil isn’t going to work for our top speeds,” Straub said. Such a mundane solution was β€œIt would have removed the signature Bugatti line,” he added, referring to the gentle ovoid curve that wraps around the A-pillar, roofline, air intake and rocker arms.

    Stay in character

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    The Chiron’s “signature line” is one of its defining design features, and echoes the designs created by company founder Ettore Bugatti in interwar masterpieces such as the Type 41 and Type 57. To preserve this important body line, Mistral designers created a windshield , like a visor, and an integrated lower, wider, flatter character line inspired by those seen on track-only Bolide and one-off Voiture Noire.

    A familiar face

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    There’s no mistaking the Mistral horseshoe grille that is Bugatti’s trademark. However, the rest of the roadster’s appearance is more radical, with a design language that looks like a derivative of the ultra-limited Bugatti Divo and Bugatti La Voiture Noire. The Mistral’s slat-like front LED lighting elements are another personality feature that makes it unique.

    Tail light show

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    Among the most eye-catching details on the Mistral are the red X-shaped taillights with Bugatti illuminated between them, so that those who are inevitably passed by one of these missiles will instantly know that it has just whizzed past them at 250 plus miles an hour. Along with quad center exhaust tips, the roadster has a very short rear overhang that provides a perfect view of the outgoing W-16 engine.

    The Inside Scoop

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    The interior of the Mistral is very similar to the cabin of the Chiron because they are the same. The Roadster gets special materials, such as hand-crafted leather for the seats and dashboard, while the aluminum and rosewood gearshift knob features Bugatti’s elephant mascot, standing in glass like an ancient insect caught in amber.

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