Press release7/9/2024

Bugatti W16 Mistral enters final testing phase: expanding a legacy

Bugatti W16 Mistral enters final testing phase: expanding a legacy
W16 Mistral: This model is not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC, as type approval has not yet been granted.

Molsheim

Bugatti has a storied history when it comes to performance roadsters, with a lineage that spans more than a century of automotive innovation. From the legendary Type 35 to the iconic Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, the brand has consistently pushed the boundaries of design and performance in the realm of open-top automobiles. The latest page in this tale is the W16 Mistral.

Significant in so many ways, the W16 Mistral represents the first open-top model to leave Molsheim since 2015 and a swansong for the brand’s incomparable W16 engine
As we enter the second half of 2024, the W16 Mistral prototype is entering its final evaluation phase.
Given the importance of the project, as well as Bugatti’s devotion to maintaining the standards synonymous with the marque, the testing program set out for the Mistral was exhaustive – and it must be.
The Mistral is the ultimate example of Bugatti’s dedication to setting new standards in roadster design.
It is an extreme balancing act, to fuse acoustic excellence and ultimate luxury, whilst enabling a top speed in excess of 420km/h.
Extensive road tests put the W16 Mistral prototype through its paces in a variety of terrains, from high-altitude mountains to intense traffic conditions.
The W16 Mistral is an avant-garde hypersports car offering breathtaking performance in an unrivalled showcase of luxury.
Bugatti's teams have worked hard to create a hypersports car that not only meets the brand's performance standards, but also sets new standards in safety and reliability for an avant-garde roadster.
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Significant in so many ways, the W16 Mistral¹ represents the first open-top model to leave Molsheim since 2015 and a swansong for the brand’s incomparable W16 engine. Given the importance of the project, as well as Bugatti’s devotion to maintaining the standards synonymous with the marque, the testing program set out for the Mistral was exhaustive – and it must be.

At the heart of the Mistral lies the definitive incarnation of the iconic W16, new meticulously honed aerodynamic attributes and an entirely reengineered monocoque. To fuse these elements to deliver unrelenting performance, acoustic excellence, and ultimate luxury, whilst enabling a top speed in excess of 420km/h, is an extreme balancing act.

Yet, Bugatti – in its commitment to delivering the highest standards of performance, safety, and durability – has undertaken a careful evaluation of every aspect of the Mistral's design. The engineers have left no stone unturned in their quest to create Bugatti’s ultimate roadster. Now, as we enter the second half of 2024, the W16 Mistral is entering its final evaluation phase.

“We are in the last part of the testing program – we are getting close to the finish. From the initial validation stages to the intensive endurance tests, every aspect of the Mistral's development is precisely planned and executed. The Mistral is the ultimate example of our dedication to setting new standards in roadster design.”

Emilio Scervo

CTO of Bugatti Rimac

Stringent crash tests already successfully undertaken have ensured the Mistral's ability to protect occupants in the event of a collision. An essential phase given the integration of a new monocoque in the new design, and a vital part of obtaining homologation for different markets, including North America and Europe, these tests comply with their respective international safety standards.

Now, having also completed aerodynamic evaluation back in October, and the W16 and its transmission having been put through their paces on the dynamometer to ensure that they deliver the exhilarating performance expected, Bugatti is subjecting its Mistral prototypes to a succession of tests to analyse its performance under various driving conditions. These tests look at safety, emissions, endurance, and drivability.

The road tests for the Bugatti Mistral are thorough. Prototype 2 alone has already covered an impressive distance of 32,000km, showcasing its adaptability and durability capabilities. These road tests have taken the W16 Mistral through various terrains, at high altitudes in the mountains, at sea level, and even through heavy traffic conditions. Looking ahead, Bugatti will push the limits even further by adding another 5,000 kilometres on the track. With this rigorous regime, Bugatti will accumulate a total of 40,000km on just this vehicle – a figure not yet reached by most modern-day Bugatti customer cars.

One of the most challenging aspects of the latter testing process is expected to be verification of the Mistral's top speed. However, this is only as engineers encounter the logistical challenge of finding a suitable track that allows the Mistral to reach over 420km/h safely. Despite this, the brand is confident that the Mistral will break records and exceed any expectations.

“We are planning to run the final high-speed test in one of the very few tracks around the world that allow us to run the test in safe conditions. The moment that we have access to that track, however, achieving the top speed will no longer be a problem.” added Emilio Scervo.

Throughout the testing phase of the Mistral’s development, Bugatti has remained dedicated to delivering a car that not only meets the performance standards expected from Bugatti but also sets new benchmarks for safety and reliability in a hyper sports roadster, all while offering an unparalleled luxury and driving experience. With the Mistral nearing the end of its testing journey, production of Bugatti’s most aerodynamic and emotional roadster to date is expected to begin at the Molsheim Atelier later this year.

Press Contact

Nicole AugerHead of Marketing and Communicationsnicole.auger@bugatti.com

Fuel consumption and emissions

  • Bolide: This model is not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC, as type approval has not yet been granted.

    • Centodieci: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 40.31 / medium phase 22.15 / high phase 17.89 / extra high phase 17.12 / combined 21.47; CO2 emissions combined, g / km: NA; efficiency class: G

    • Chiron: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 44.56 / medium phase 24.80 / high phase 21.29 / extra high phase 21.57 / combined 25.19; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 571.64; efficiency class: G

    • Chiron Profilée: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 44.56 / medium phase 24.80 / high phase 21.29 / extra high phase 21.57 / combined 25.19; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 571.64; efficiency class: G

      • Chiron Pur Sport: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 44.56 / medium phase 24.80 / high phase 21.29 / extra high phase 21.57 / combined 25.19; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 571.64; efficiency class: G

      • Chiron Sport: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 44.56 / medium phase 24.80 / high phase 21.29 / extra high phase 21.57 / combined 25.19; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 571.64; efficiency class: G

      • Chiron Super Sport: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 40.31 / medium phase 22.15 / high phase 17.89 / extra high phase 17.12 / combined 21.47; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 486.72; efficiency class: G

      • Chiron Super Sport 300+: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 40.31 / medium phase 22.15 / high phase 17.89 / extra high phase 17.12 / combined 21.47; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 486.72; efficiency class: G

      • Divo: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 43,33 / medium phase 22,15 / high phase 17,99 / extra high phase 18,28 / combined 22,32; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 505,61; efficiency class: G

      • La Voiture Noire: WLTP fuel consumption, l/100 km: low phase 43,33 / medium phase 22,15 / high phase 17,99 / extra high phase 18,28 / combined 22,32; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 505,61; efficiency class: G

        • Tourbillon: This model is currently not subject to directive 1999/94/EC, as type approval has not yet been granted.

        • W16 Mistral: This model is not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC, as type approval has not yet been granted.

          Bugatti

          The specified fuel consumption and emission data have been determined according to the measurement procedures prescribed by law.

          Further information on official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide on the fuel economy, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new passenger car models”, which is available free of charge at all sales dealerships and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, D-73760 Ostfildern, Germany and at www.dat.de.

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